Entering your first, second, or third trimester of pregnancy when summer strikes in Arizona can add a whole other level of discomfort to the already challenging experience of being pregnant. Pregnant women generally have an increased body temperature as it is, but the 100+ degree heat in the East Valley can be dangerous (and downright miserable!) for mom and baby! Our Gilbert Pediatric Urgent Care physicians shed some light on a few simple precautions you can take to survive the hot summer months of your pregnancy like a champion.
What to Wear
Though it may seem counterproductive to wear more clothing when you’re sweating up a storm, keeping covered will protect your skin and help regulate your body temperature. Direct sunlight exposure introduces potential hazards such as sunburns that can range from mild skin irritation to severe sun poisoning. Heat rash is also likely to occur under your abdomen and breasts when you sweat while wearing clothing that is tight or made of harsh materials. Wear breathable, loose-fitting, lightweight cotton clothing to minimize uncomfortable heat rash.
Water is A Woman’s Best Friend
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Pregnant women should be drinking at least 2 liters of water a day, but in the hot summer months, experts recommend adding an extra 8 ounces for every hour spent in the sun. We know that as a pregnant woman, you already need to urinate frequently. However, keeping your body, and your baby’s, healthy and hydrated will be well worth the inconvenience.
Have some fun too and go for a swim! You will likely experience sweet relief on your achy body, as your increased buoyancy takes some of the load off. Don’t forget to lather up with sunscreen before you take a dip!
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Did you know eating salt can actually make you hotter? Having too much salt in your system can increase your blood pressure, which forces your heart and blood vessels to exert more energy, thereby increasing your body temperature and making you feel hot! If your body is unusually swollen, be sure to see your primary care physician immediately.
Also, to make your summer diet more fun, try making your own popsicles from fresh fruit and yogurt! Here’s a yummy recipe for some delicious Raspberry Lemonade Yogurt Pops you’ll love.
Take some precautionary measures before summer really sets in. Stock up on large re-usable water bottles and build a wardrobe of comfortable, breathable items that will help ensure maximum comfort during the hotter months of summer. For more information about how to keep your baby healthy in the womb, visit our blog, social pages and sign up for our monthly newsletter!