There’s no denying that being pregnant can be challenging at times, and the brutal summer heat can add to the uncomfort for many expecting mothers. Just the thought of being outdoors can make you start to sweat. But we have a few tips from Parents to keep you and baby cool and comfortable as temperatures rise.
One. If you have outdoor activities on your to-do list, get them done in the morning or evening when the sun is not as direct and temperatures are not as intense.
Two. Wear light-colored clothing. Darker colors retain heat more, while light colors will reflect it.
Three. Drink lots of liquids all throughout the day and stay away from salty foods to help retain water. Sports drinks with electrolytes will help with water retention as well.
Four. Make yourself a “mocktail.” Plenty of great recipes can be found on Pinterest, like this sangria smoothie mocktail.
Five. Carry a spray bottle or a spray bottle mister to keep yourself cool while outside.
Six. Before going outside, apply an SPF of 15 or higher and make sure to reapply throughout the day.
Seven. Put your feet up to cut down on swelling.
Eight.Be cautious of BBQ foods that can sour when left out in the sun and cause an upset stomach.
Even though a summer pregnancy can be miserable at times, according to pediatrician Dr. Sara Dumond, there is a definite upside: you and baby can get more fresh air, which is very important for the both of you! More tips can be found on Parents.com.