Enjoying warm summer afternoons in the sunshine, sipping a cool beverage, and relaxing in your favorite chair may seem like bliss to some. But to moms-to-be well into their last trimester of pregnancy, summer heat when you’re 8 months pregnant can instead feel like torture. As much as they want to lay by the pool or the lake for the afternoon, the battles involving wardrobe, comfortable positioning, and staying hydrated can be overwhelming. You may currently be wondering how in the world you’re going to survive this summer growing a healthy baby — while also warding off intense oppressive heat. If so, here are a few helpful tips and tricks that you can utilize to combat the unforgiving rays beating down from above if you’re pregnant in the summer.
Being outside in the sunshine on a gorgeous summer day is not a forbidden thing for moms-to-be, however, monitoring the amount of time spent outdoors is very important. It’s easy to lose track of the hours spent soaking up the sun’s rays, especially when you’re enjoying yourself. However, high temperatures mixed with humidity or scorching sun can create the perfect storm of dehydration and exhaustion.
Hydration is the biggest tool in a pregnant woman’s arsenal to combat blazing heat and unforgiving temperatures. Staying hydrated is paramount for any person during the height of summer days. However, for expecting moms, staying topped off will not only protect themselves but their bundles of joy as well. Utilizing thermal tumblers or water bottles that keep drinks chilled can aid moms-to-be in staying hydrated in the heat of the summer. Adding a few slices of lemon or lime, slices of cucumber, a handful of berries, or a few springs of mint to the mix can elevate boring, plain water to something much tastier and refreshing.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest birth months across the entire calendar year are June, July, and August – August being the most birth-stacked month of all. With more summer babies born each year, it’s no wonder why so many moms must beat the heat each summer season.
While the idea of getting a delicious summer glow may have been in the cards for moms before they were expecting, times have most definitely changed. Time spent outside should be enjoyed, most certainly. However, keeping the skin protected from the sun’s rays is of high importance, with experts suggesting the use of SPF 30 or higher, including the face and neck area. Wearing a large brimmed sun hat, or moisture-wicking clothing might also assist expecting moms in staying cool while enjoying the sun.
Expecting moms can experience swelling at different times in their pregnancy, so resting often and getting off their feet frequently is an important step in staying cool, even indoors. Excess fluid will collect the lower extremities throughout the day, settling in and causing swelling and discomfort. If planning to be outdoors for leisure, expecting moms should consider planning to keep their feet up for at least 20 to 30 minutes at a time to prevent excessive swelling or possible discomfort.
In addition to these recommendations, a few additional heat beating suggestions include:
- Dressing in light-colored, cool clothing.
- Avoiding foods that might upset pregnant mom’s delicate stomach.
- Utilizing the pool or lake as a form of exercise, with the addition of sunscreen and time limit.
- Staying away from salty foods or meals that contain high amounts of salt.
- Limiting time spent in direct sunlight.
Enjoying summertime activities, events and get-togethers are wonderful ways to spend the middle calendar months. By limiting the time spent outside each day, enjoying time in the pool, or under the umbrella with your feet up and a drink in hand, you can catch up with family and friends, laugh, and smile, all while protecting yourself and your unborn child from the dangers of the sun’s heat and direct rays. These tips and tricks should help keep you cool, comfortable, and happy while taking in all that summer has to offer.
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