A Baker’s Dozen Tips For Summer Pregnancy
Pregnancy is great in winter – you carry around your own little heater. But in summer, especially here in the humid South, the heat can get a little overwhelming. Moms-to-be can get hot from the extra blood flow causing a higher-than-normal body temperature, plus they’re packing more pounds than usual. Here are a baker's dozen of our best tips to keep you comfortable in the summer (with that bun in the oven):
- Go skimpy on the salt as too much sodium can lead to swelling. (And put your feet up as often as you can.)
- Laze in the pool. You’ll float better than ever. (And if you have an older child he or she will have fun, too.)
- If you fingers start to swell, go ahead and remove your rings. There’s a risk they’ll have to be cut off if your fingers swell too much.
- Place a cool, damp cloth on your neck or forehead to cool down at home.
- If it’s too hot outside, go to a mall to get in some walking time.
- Drink plenty of cool fluids, including juice, milk or sports drinks to replace the electrolytes you’re sweating away.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored breathable clothing.
- Use higher SPF sunscreens to minimize the risk of developing a “mask of pregnancy” facial discoloration
- Stay out of the midday heat. Walk, run errands, etc., in the morning or evening when it’s cooler
- Ditch the skimpy flip-flops for more supportive shoes, and have your feet measured again. Pregnancy can cause feet to enlarge up to half a size larger than before.
- The heat can wear down your energy when you’re pregnant, so plan ahead, ask for help, and leave things undone if you’re too tired. Take frequent naps if you can.
- Be especially wary of typical potluck foods such as potato salad and coleslaw which can go bad quickly in the summer heat.
- Go ahead and use these too-hot-to-stir days to take classes on childbirth, caring for an infant, car seat safety and more. Find a full list at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes.