Summer Pregnancy Safety Tips
No matter how happy you may be about your little one coming, it can also be uncomfortable. And the discomfort can be intensified by the heat and humidity of the summer months.
"As an expecting mother you want to be comfortable during the summer, but you also want to keep yourself and the baby safe," says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN. "There are several things you can do to make the hottest season of the year a more pleasant one while you're expecting."
Yes, staying hydrated can make you go to the bathroom every five minutes, but it's crucial when it's hot outside. Being dehydrated while pregnant will increase the chances of headaches, constipation, and even more swelling than what you're already experiencing.
Staying hydrated helps with aiding digestion, battling fatigue and joint pain. If you're not a fan of normal water, add cucumber or lemon, or try some of these flavored-water inspirations.
Most likely you already wear sunscreen, whether you’re pregnant or not. When you're expecting, the hormones make your skin more sensitive. As a result, you're more likely to sunburn when exposed to the sun.
Don’t forget to reapply after sweating or swimming. Load up on your SPF and try to avoid being out too long in the direct sunlight.
Go for a Swim
Most people don't have to be told to go for a swim, pregnant or not! But there are many reasons why going for a swim while pregnant is beneficial; it will cool you down, it will reduce swelling of joints, plus it's good exercise.
Take a dip in the water and refresh your body and mind on a warm summer day. In addition to all the advantages above, swimming gives you the feeling of being lighter as the buoyancy helps reduce the sensation of being "very" pregnant. And who wouldn’t love that!
Don't be scared of getting in a bathing suit while you're pregnant. This is where you can have fun and be creative. You can find some great bathing suit ideas here.
Keep Your Feet Elevated.
Sorry to say, but the swelling is unavoidable. It comes with the territory while you’re pregnant. And standing for long periods, especially during the summer heat, will make the swelling more pronounced. So, take a load off and elevate those feet as much as possible.
Being pregnant is never easy, and the summer heat only makes it more challenging to remain comfortable. Remember to take care of yourself and your growing baby during the summer. It can be overwhelming, but these tips will help you get through the heat.
The physicians and staff of Novant Health Providence Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) provide comprehensive healthcare for women of all ages. We offer routine annual health examinations, including pap smears, breast exams, contraceptive counseling and general women's health advice.
Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.