Heading into a summer pregnancy? Pregnant moms can stay safe when it gets hot this summer by remembering some basic summer safety guidelines.
I remember going through a pregnant summer. About seven months pregnant in a triple digit summer, my whole body felt like it was encased in saran wrap when I didn't rest, drink, and elevate enough. Not fun!
Here are some tips to keep you safe and comfortable in your pregnant summer:
- Stay hydrated: Drink lots of water—the usual eight recommended glasses will do.
- Avoid overexposure: Stay in the shade and out of the direct sunshine whenever possible (I loved my A/C during my pregnant summer). Sun hats, long dresses, and sunglasses help too.
- Cool down if you get hot: If you do find yourself overheated, take a cool shower, a nice swim, or apply cool packs to the back of your neck.
- Wear sunscreen: If you have to go out in the sun, lather up with sunscreen to ward off sunburn and melasma, those dark patches of skin that can appear on your face because of higher estrogen levels.
- Run errands in the cooler hours: If you can, run all your errands in the early morning or after the sun has gone down.
- Ask for help: No woman has ever died from asking for help with her daily tasks (although I know sometimes I feel like I might...). Get help where you can and say "no" even when you feel like you can't (you have the perfect excuse), especially if it means keeping you out of extreme summer heat or avoiding getting overheated.
- Rest: Do it. You need it. No matter what your busy brain is telling you. And by rest, we mean getting off your feet. Often! Laying down will win you even more points!
- Relieve swelling: I know sometimes my fingers and toes became tight, swollen sausages of discomfort. Cool foot soaks and compresses helped. Also, try to avoid excess salt intake and keep feet and hands elevated while you're doing all of of the above (that's RESTING, drinking water, and pretty much everything else on this list).
Here's to lots of mild summer weather, particularly for all of you in your third trimester. Have a safe and happy pregnant summer.