Keep Cool, Moms-To-Be

Here in the South, humidity and heat are just around the corner. But anytime of the year pregnant women can feel too much heat. 

“Moms-to-be may get hot from the extra blood flow, which causes a higher-than-normal body temperature,” says Nicole Lescota, director of GMC’s Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion.  “Plus in pregnancy you’re carrying more pounds than usual.” 

Here are tips to beat the heat:

  • Lower salt intake as too much sodium can lead to swelling.
  • Laze in the pool. You’ll float better than ever.
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids to replace the electrolytes you’re sweating away.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored breathable clothing.
  • Stay out of the midday heat. Walk, run errands, etc., in the morning or evening when it’s cooler.
  • 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.
  • Use those too-hot-to-stir days to take classes on childbirth, caring for an infant, car seat safety and more.

For more than 65 years, Gwinnett Medical Center has offered comprehensive services designed for every stage of a woman's life. To learn more about women’s health services at GMC, visit,


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