During pregnancy, it is quite normal to feel hotter than usual. Hormonal changes during pregnancy, increased flow of blood and the heat produced by the placenta are factors responsible for high body temperature in pregnant women. But getting too hot is not good at all for the pregnant woman and the developing baby. Heat and humidity during summer makes you more uncomfortable when you are pregnant. The high body temperature added to the summer heat makes life more miserable. So, it is very necessary for you to remain cool during summer.
Some tips for a cool and healthy pregnancy during summer:
- Staying hydrated is very important during pregnancy. Drink lots of fluids so that it will replace the fluids you lose in the form of sweat.
- Remain indoors as much as possible and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
- Carry a water bottle along with you when you go out of your house.
- Keep a small water-filled spray bottle with you to mist yourself whenever you feel warm.
- Place a damp cloth on the back of your neck and forehead to keep yourself cool during summer.
- Do your outdoor work in the morning or evening hours when the heat is low.
- In order to prevent your rooms from heating up from direct sunlight, keep the curtains closed.
- Take quick showers frequently during summer; it will help you to keep cool.
- Wear loose fitting cotton clothes which will help avoid skin rashes under the breasts, abdomen etc. during pregnancy and keep you cool and comfortable.
- Wear a light headscarf when you go out; it will help reduce direct sunlight.
- Wear flip flops to keep your feet cool.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine and street food during summer.
- You can refresh yourself by having cold fruit or vegetable salad; it is not only refreshing but healthy, as well.
- Minimise intake of salt; it will help in combating water retention, making you stay more comfortable during summer.
- You can exercise during the cooler time of the day and avoid doing it till the point of exhaustion.
- Stay in cool places as much as possible at the time of your pregnancy during summer.