Being heavy with a child in the warmest season of the year, certainly, is a recipe for distress. Humidity can make hot summer days even hotter for pregnant women whose babies are due in this season or in the early fall. While you can't control the heat of the sun in summer, there are a few guidelines which you can follow to keep yourself cool --- and safe until your delivery.
1. Pay attention to the heat warnings. Pregnant women already have some degree of heat intolerance which can be aggravated by circumstances. Always check the temperature before going outdoors. Stay indoors when the temperature is 90 deg F and up. Turn on your air conditioner and apply a damp washcloth on your forehead to cool yourself. Plan your activities for late in the afternoon or in the evening if you need to go out.
2. Drink plenty of fluids. Limiting your fluid intake to water can lead to a condition called water intoxication where water dilutes the electrolytes needed by the body. Fruit juice, milk and sports drinks are good for pregnant women who need to replenish the depleted electrolytes in their bodies due to excessive sweating.
3. Wear breathable clothes. Breathable clothes will keep you cooler and free from sweating a lot. Clothes made from cotton helps prevent heat rash which usually accumulates in the abdomen area and under the breasts.
4. Swim instead of working out in the gym. Swimming is effective in cooling yourself off during warm days. Exercising in the water unloads the extra weight off your knees, so you're less likely to hurt your knees and joints than when exercising in the gym.
5. Make sure that you're breathing correctly. Corrective breathing helps you cool down while improving your oxygen intake. Enough oxygen in your body aids in the growth and nourishment of your unborn child. Read books or watch video tutorials which can teach the correct breathing patterns.
Summer doesn't have to be boring and hazardous to pregnant women. You can enjoy summer activities with your family and friends by observing moderation and following the guidelines above. Read this detailed infographic from Bourne Bathrooms to discover more heat management tips during summer.