Being pregnant during the summer is, well, hot.
While carrying your little one, your body is working overtime to cool down and the heat and humidity do not help. Pregnant women are encouraged to take proper precautions so overheating does not happen during pregnancy, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The most common signs of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heat stroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting. Women experiencing symptoms that last longer than one hour should seek immediate medical treatment.
Don't let rising temperatures stop you from enjoying your pregnancy. Beat the heat with these easy ways to stay cool, comfortable and safe:
- Drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. Experts recommend pregnant women drink about 10 eight-ounce cups of water each day.
- Take a dip in the pool. Swimming is great for achy joints!
- Avoid spending an extended amount of time in the sun. Use a high SPF sunscreen.
- Keep your feet elevated.
- Reduce your sodium intake to ease inflammation and swelling.
- Refrain from eating hot meals on a hot day. Opt for salads and refrigerated fruits and vegetables.
- Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours when it’s not so hot.
- Wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
- Carry a spray bottle of ice water with you at all times.
- Invest in a portable fan.
- Wear lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and silk.
To speak with a member of our team at Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center, call 918-579-8000.