Pregnant women have a high degree of heat intolerance as it is, but in the summer it can be unbearable. Thankfully, there are great tips and tricks to beat the heat and keep Mommy and baby comfortable this season.
Because the extra blood flow boosts a pregnant woman’s metabolism by roughly 20 percent, her body gives off more heat and induces a higher average temperature. In the summer, this can mean a greater risk of overheating, heat exhaustion, and heat rash.
To stay cool and comfortable this summer, give these ideas a try:
Swim: Not only is swimming a whole-body, low-impact exercise, it’s a great way to cool off while enjoying the summer weather.
Watch the Heat Index: The heat index is how the temperature feels with the heat and humidity combined. If it’s in the 90s, it’s a good day to stay inside with air conditioning.
Wear Breathable Fabrics: Some clothing traps sweat and stops the natural cooling process. Breathable fabrics let more air in, which means less sweat and cooler skin. This also will help you avoid uncomfortable heat rashes.
Stay Hydrated: Remember, you’re not the only one drinking! Sweat can lead to dehydration, so keep water with you at all times and drink regularly.
Exercise in the Morning or Evening: Avoiding the midday sun is generally a good practice for pregnant women. Take your daily walk early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is low.