In summer, high temperatures make the daily routine much more difficult, especially for pregnant women. What can you do to cope better in these months?
We are in the middle of summer, there is heat in the country. Most of us manage somehow, but the truth is that high temperatures are a big problem during pregnancy. What can a pregnant woman do in summer to cope with the heat?
We’ll give you some tips on how pregnant women can cope with the months when the thermometer shows maximum values:
How to cope with pregnancy in summer?
There are a few tricks that can help you cope better with your pregnancy in summer. Of course, none of them replace the tips your doctor can offer you.
Pregnancy in summer: drink plenty of water
It is important to stay hydrated during pregnancy. It is best to check with your doctor about the amount of water to drink in each case. Either way, it is advisable to drink a little more than usual due to weight gain and energy consumption in the later stages of pregnancy.
According to the British Nutrition Foundation, water is essential for the production of the fluid that surrounds the baby during pregnancy and helps to increase its blood volume. Also, if you feel sick in the morning, you will need to drink even more to compensate for the fluid loss.
Due to hormonal changes, spots (chloasma, white line) often appear on the skin. Therefore, it is important to avoid the mid-afternoon hours of the day and use a sunscreen with a high protection factor, even if you are not directly exposed to the sun.
Immerse yourself in the water
If you are lucky and close to the sea or swimming pool, it may be worth taking a swim for a while. You can swim and do some kind of exercise, or you can just stay in the water and make slow movements. Your joints move freely during the dive, and it will be easier for you to bear the weight of your belly due to the growth of your uterus and baby.
Water will provide relief if you experience frequent pain or discomfort in your lower back. When you come out of the water, you will also notice that your legs are less swollen. Of course, do not stay in a wet bathing suit for too long, as this could result in a vaginal or urinary tract infection.
If you notice tired or swollen legs, visit a physical therapist for a lymphatic massage. Your legs will likely be much lighter and you can put your shoes on again.
What to do if I am going on a trip?
If you are pregnant in the summer and plan to travel and go on vacation, here are some tips to consider:
- Ask the airline to which week of pregnancy you can travel with them. Sometimes they ask for a document from a midwife or gynecologist where the exact week of pregnancy is specified and whether it is a low-risk pregnancy. If you are traveling by car, make a maximum stop of every two hours and get out of the car to move around a bit.
- Take your pregnancy reports with you.
- Be careful if you eat at the beach bar or if you are going on a picnic in the countryside or to the beach. It is important to prevent possible food poisoning.
- Do moderate exercise as it is important to stay fit throughout your pregnancy. Exercise helps to drain fluids and keep the pelvis moving. However, you do need some precautions, such as avoiding peak sun hours, staying well hydrated, and listening to your body. Finally, one piece of advice, avoid any sports that can damage the pelvic floor.
And most of all remember that even if it’s a complicated couple of months, it will be worth it. Do things that make you feel better. Be careful and put into practice the advice we have given you. Of course, don’t hesitate to consult your doctor if you think you may have a problem. And lighten up!