Summer Survival Tips for Pregnancy

Summer Survival Tips for Pregnancy.

  • Stay hydrated – dizziness, nausea, dry lips and a dry mouth may signal that you are dehydrated. Less volumes or dark colored urine are another sign that you need to increase your water intake. Carry a water bottle with you at all times.
  • Stay cool – try regular cool showers, go for a swim at the beach or at the local pool. Carry an atomiser water spray bottle for an instant cool down.
  • Dress for the weather – wear light weight cool clothing that allows air flow. This will decrease sweating. Avoid tight clothing.
  • Take care of your feet – swelling of the legs and feet are more of a problem during the warmer weather. Elevate your feet when sitting and make use of pillows in bed. Wear correct fitting footwear and resort to slip on sandals or thongs if necessary.
  • Skin care – pregnancy will make your skin more sensitive to the sun so apply sunscreen when you go outside. Keeping well hydrated will prevent dry skin. Use lip balm especially when exposed to the sun.
  • Exercise at the right time – walking, swimming, yoga and pilates are all excellent forms of exercise when pregnant. During Summer, exercise early in the morning or in the evening when the temperature is lower. Exercise within your comfort zone and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Limit outdoor activity during hot days – avoid going out doors during the hottest time of the day (usually between 11am – 4pm).
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep – Summer heat can be tiring. Rest and sleep are vital to good health during pregnancy. Regular naps when you are able can make a difference.
  • Delegate – if family or friends offer to run errands, do some shopping or help with the housework or cooking – say yes!