If you're a mom, you're probably used to worrying about your kids during the hot summer months. But what about when you're the one who's pregnant? Summer can be a challenging time to carry a child, with the heat and humidity making it hard to stay comfortable. Worried about surviving pregnancy during the summer? We’ve got you covered. Here are some tips for how to stay cool in the summer while pregnant.
One of the most important things you can do to stay cool in the summer is to drink plenty of fluids. You need to be especially diligent about staying hydrated when pregnant, as dehydration can lead to health problems for both you and your baby. Drink water, juice, and other fluids throughout the day, and avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
Wear Cool Clothing
Pregnancy can make you feel hot all the time, so it's important to wear clothing that will help you stay cool. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen are good choices, as they breathe well and won't make you sweat. Avoid Synthetic materials like polyester, which can trap heat. If possible, dress in loose-fitting clothing so that air can circulate around your body.
Our favorites to survive summer heat are lightweight shirts or tanks, maxi-skirts, linen pants, and a pair of maternity shorts. Maxi-dresses are also a great alternative to keep you cool. It also will help to invest in at least one maternity swimsuit. You may think that you won’t use it, but just take our word for it: swimming while pregnant feels pretty darn amazing.
It also will help to invest in at least one maternity swimsuit. You may think that you won’t use it, but just take our word for it: swimming while pregnant feels pretty darn amazing.
Keep Your Environment Cool
When the weather is hot outside, it can be hard to stay cool indoors as well. Make sure your home is as cool as possible by using fans or air conditioning. If you don't have air conditioning, try to spend time in cooler areas like basements or libraries. When you're out and about during the day, try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
Take a Dip
One of the best ways to stay cool in the summer is to take a dip in a pool. Swimming is a great form of exercise for pregnant women, and it can help you stay cool at the same time. If you don't have access to a pool, try taking a cooling shower or bath.
Plan Your Activities Carefully
In the summer, it's important to plan your activities carefully so that you don't overdo it in the heat. Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day, which is usually from 10am to 4pm. If you have to be outdoors, take breaks often and find a cool place to rest in the shade. Try to schedule any strenuous activities, like hiking or running, for early morning or evening when it's cooler outside.
Be sure to always wear SPF when you are outdoors, especially while pregnant, as your skin during pregnancy is more prone to sunburns. Wearing a hat while outdoors during the summer months is a great idea to protect your face from the sun.
Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion
When pregnant, you're more susceptible to heat exhaustion than usual. This can happen when your body gets too hot and starts to sweat excessively. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include feeling faint, dizzy, or lightheaded; nausea; headache; and a rapid pulse. If you start to experience these symptoms, move to a cooler location and drink lots of fluids. If the symptoms don't improve, call your doctor.
Eat a Cool Treat
While drinking a lot of water is important, you’ll probably find yourself craving a cool treat during a summer pregnancy. Popsicles, ice cream, and sno-cones sure can satisfy your craving, but you don’t want to overdo it. We suggest making your own popsicles or making your own water-infused water to sip throughout an extra hot day. Add lemon, cucumber, mint sprigs, or strawberries to your water to add some refreshing sweetness.
RestIf you feel like you need to take a load off, do! Even a quick 30 minute nap in the middle of the day will give you that extra boost of energy to last you the rest of the day.
By following these tips, you can help ensure a comfortable and safe summer pregnancy. Drink plenty of fluids, wear cool clothing, and take breaks often to avoid overheating. And if you start to feel too hot, make sure to find a cool place to rest and rehydrate. With a little planning and care, you can enjoy the summer weather while carrying your baby.