A summer pregnancy in the Texas Panhandle may not always be the easiest. It is normal for expectant mothers to feel uncomfortable and overheated. While carrying your little one, your body is working overtime to cool down and the heat doesn’t help. That is why it is so important for pregnant women to take proper precautions, so overheating does not happen during pregnancy, which can lead to heat exhaustion and heatstroke. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heatstroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting.
Beat the heat with these easy ways to stay cool, comfortable and safe during pregnancy:
The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about ten, eight-ounce cups of water each day. Always keep a bottle with you to ensure you do not get dehydrated.
Keep a travel-size spray bottle on hand with ice water to spritz your face with several times a day. This will help cool the body down.
Enjoy chilled foods
Try limiting eating hot meals on a hot day. Salads and refrigerated fruit and vegetables are great options. Homemade popsicles loaded with fruit can also do the trick.
Invest in a fan
Pop a portable fan in your purse so you have it when you tend to feel the hottest and most uncomfortable. Even if you have central air, it may be worth placing small fans in the areas of the house you tend to be in most.
Take a cool shower
Skip the scorching shower and instead take a cool shower or bath. If you’re away from home, head to the bathroom and run cold water on your wrists or back of the neck. These pulse points or “quick cooling spots” can lower your body temperature quickly.
Stay in the shade
Avoid spending an extended amount of time in the sun. If you are outside, snag a spot under an umbrella or shaded area. Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours when it’s not so hot.
Get in the pool
Show off your bump by taking a dip in the pool! Not only can swimming help lower your body temperature, but this low-impact workout is fun and can relieve those achy joints.
Go for light and comfort
Shop for comfortable and loose maternity wear. Choose lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and silk.
BSA offers free pregnancy perks to any expecting mom. To sign up or learn more about our VIP program, click here or call (806) 212-BABY (2229).