One has to take care of oneself during pregnancy during summer time. The heat gets to you and one’s health gets affected. Precaution needs to be applied in ensuring that one stays healthy. How?
1. Be hydrated
One needs to drink plenty of water and thus stay hydrated during pregnancy. It is essential for both the mother and the baby.
Dizziness, nausea, dry lips as well as the mouth, less urine or yellow colored urine and of course overheating caused due to hot weather does indicate dehydration.
Summer heat does tend to cause dehydration and therefore one must drink 6-8 glass of water in order to stay hydrated. One must always carry a bottle of water when one is out.
2. Eat Healthy Meals
One must have lots of fresh fruits as well as juice in order to beat the heat. Vegetables such as cucumber need to be included in one’s diet during the summer months. One must avoid very spicy foods.
3. Wear bright clothes
Dark clothes, especially black or even red, do increase heat absorption thus making pregnant women feel hotter. Therefore, one must make sure that on hot sunny days, one should select bright clothes such as white, beige in order to reflect the sun rays. Remember that one must wear sunglasses, sun-proof vest and make use of sun-block when going out.
4. Take a bath with cool water
On hot days, a cool water bath does make one feel comfortable and very pleasant. Swimming is acknowledged as being very good for pregnant women. On a cool summer day, one can spend time near a swimming pool in order to enjoy the cool summer day
5. Avoid salty foods
Salty foods will make indeed make one lose water quickly and also make one feel thirsty on hot days. One must keep away foods such as potato chips, cookies, crackers and pasta during summer days.
6. Take care of one’s legs
Keep one’s legs on high position during work time. It helps blood circulation to the legs and also removes leg and hand edema. In summer, pregnant women’s legs get easily swollen, so she must take care of them.
7. Do not forget one’s lunchtime nap
Summer heat does make pregnant women more tired, so do not skip the short naps. One should spend 30 minutes for a lunchtime nap and also sleep 7-8 hours a day.
8. Exercise at the right time
Walking, swimming, yoga as well as other pregnancy exercises are good for oneself and also for one’s baby.
During the summer, exercise needs to be in the early hours in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are rather low.
While performing the exercise in case one feels tired it is better to relax and also take rest. Do not try to over-stress oneself while doing physical activities. Let it be light and limited to one’s comfort zone.
9. Limited outdoor activity during hot weather
It is better to be outdoors to get some fresh air during pregnancy. It can also actually help one to relax as well as rejuvenate.
During summer days one can restrict one’s outdoor activities to early morning or evening. Avoid moving out during the peak hours such as 11 am to 4 pm when the sun’s rays are very strong.
10. Proper rest and sleep
Sleep as well as rest as it is essential for mothers. Sleeping gets rid of stress.
Summer heat can also make one more tired. Take time for oneself. Relax by reading a book, listening to music or go in for meditation. Rest is very essential during pregnancy.
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