Being pregnant at any time of year is a challenge, and every season will have its unique additions to that challenge.
A summer pregnancy is no exception.
In addition to the insulation provided by the extra weight you put on, when you are pregnant extra blood flow will cause higher-than-normal body temperatures. If you are already in a hot weather zone, this can become very uncomfortable. Luckily, we compiled a quick list of ways for expectant moms to beat the heat.
Things to Enjoy about a Summer Pregnancy
1. Fruits and Vegetables are Everywhere
In the warmer weather, you can at least enjoy cooler foods such as raw fruits and vegetables. They are packed with nutrients, can help cool you off, and are in full abundance. You can even cook and freeze the delicious summer fruits and vegetables to serve as baby food later.
2. Vitamin D
The sunshine will provide you with some much needed Vitamin D (and mood-boosting seratonin!). Vitamin D deficiency is very common amongst pregnant women, and although you want to limit your sun exposure, that extra boost of the vitamin for a few minutes a day can go a long way. You can also increase this vitamin with some fatty fish or high quality fermented cod liver oil.
3. Reduced Risk for RSV
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a respiratory tract infection that may be serious for premature babies, and those under six months old who have issues with their hearts and lungs. RSV seasons lasts from about October to May.
4. Cool Alternatives
Go for a swim or take in a movie in a cool theater. There are a number of activities that can help you relax and beat the heat. Even a gentle massage can reduce swelling you may be experiencing due to your summer pregnancy.
Things to Avoid in Summer:
1. Too Much Salt
Salt can help you retain water, and the iodide is essential for your baby, but too much will cause swelling and may dehydrate you. Make sure to regulate your intake and stay away from foods very high in sodium.
Being dehydrated can lead to a number of complications like urinary tract infections and lower amniotic fluids, and should be avoided.
You should try to drink about two liters of water every day. In the summer, you need to be adding eight ounces for every hour you spend in the heat. Having enough water in your system will help you regulate body heat. A sign of dehydration is “maternal overheating.”
When pregnant it might be worth upgrading the protection of your sunscreen. Be aware however that many chemical sunscreens can get into the bloodstream and affect the baby. Avoid anything containing additives like oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid. Check the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database for the safest, most non-toxic sunscreens. Better yet, pick up a large hat and light, flowy shawl to stay covered up while remaining cool.
Summer pregnancy can be a challenge, but with proper care and preparation, you’ll make it to the Autumn months and your little bundle of Joy!
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