Staying Cool In The Summer During Pregnancy

by | August 3, 2018

How do you cope with the hot weather in the summer during pregnancy?

Feeling a bit hotter than usual while you’re pregnant is completely normal, and during the summer it can sometimes be unbearable. Here are some great ideas to help you beat the heat and stay cool and comfortable in the summer.

What should I wear?

  • Choose fabrics with natural fibers, like cotton and linens. They will help you stay cool and being so light they will also help against rubbing or chaffing.
  • Keep covered up. It might be tempting to sit out in the backyard and wear nothing, but keeping covered up will protect against sunburn, and also make you feel cooler without the direct sunlight on your skin.
  • Wear a hat. Wide-brimmed hats will protect your face and neck from the sun, which will help in keeping you cool in the summer during pregnancy.
  • Don’t forget about your feet! Strappy shoes or flip-flops may seem like a good idea, but they leave the tops of your feet open to the sun and vulnerable to sunburn. Be sure to cover them in sunscreen to protect them from the suns rays.

How do I keep cool when I’m out and about?

  • Try to plan your outdoor activities for during the cooler part if the day. Save the more strenuous activities for the morning or evening when the temperature is a little cooler.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight. Try to stay in shady areas, especially when the sun is at its highest point during the day.
  • Drink plenty of water. Pregnancy can dehydrate you very easily, and you should increase your water intake. You might need to go to the bathroom a lot more often, but it’ll keep you cooler in the summer during pregnancy.
  • Buy a fan. Ever see those little fans that you can plug into your phone on the counter in a store? Lifesavers! You can also get small handheld battery ones which are perfect for when you need a little cooldown.
  • Reduce your salt intake. Salt retains water and dehydrates you. Reducing the amount of salt in your diet will help to keep you feeling cooler.

What about when I’m indoors?

  • Close the blinds to give yourself some shade and help to cool the temperature of the room down.
  • Consider wrapping a damp scarf or towel around the back of your neck. It works by cooling the major arteries in your neck which will make you feel more comfortable.
  • Have a lukewarm shower or bath. Try not to make your shower too cold though, as your body will generate heat for the sudden chill which may have the opposite effect you’re looking for.
  • Use air conditioners and fans. When you’re pregnant it can take longer than normal for your body to adjust to any temperature changes. Reduce the heat gradually and if possible try to give yourself time to adapt to different temperatures in different environments.

How did you stay cool in the summer during pregnancy? Let us know in the comments below!

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