As women tend to cope with pregnancy week by week through at least three of the four seasons, they often work out how to cope during different weather conditions. However, it’s easier to cope while carrying a child during some times of the year than others. Summer can be very difficult if you’re a mother-to-be, especially during a heat wave. There are so many different things to think about including keeping cool, protecting your baby bump and what clothes to wear.
When it comes to keeping cool, it’s important to stay hydrated. One of the most notable signs of pregnancy is the need to urinate more often thanks to an expanded uterus, which means that you need to take on more water, especially when it’s hot out there. If you’re tired of drinking water, fruit juice is pretty useful as well, as it contains vital nutrients.
During the summer, it’s also important to dress right. Ideally, you should wear light clothes such as dresses, sleeveless shirts and blouses. However, they should also be baggy, as they not only look flattering, but they help to protect your baby bump, and in summer, baggy clothes are perfect as they don’t make you sweat as much as clothes which fit a little too tightly. You should also consider wearing lightly-coloured clothes, so anything in beige, pastel colours or white will be perfect. Flip-flops are also good, as they’re comfortable to wear and can be slipped off when you need to rest your feet.
If you’re going on holiday while pregnant during the summer, there are a few things to take into account. If on a plane, you’ll need to keep hydrated, while to prevent the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots, you should move around regularly. Also, there’s nausea to think about, so it’s best not to travel during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Other things to help beat the heat include doing exercise which isn’t too strenuous, eating healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables and nuts in smaller portions for around 5-6 times a day and using air conditioning if needed. Doing all this will help you survive pregnancy during the summer months, meaning you won’t have to worry too much.
This post has been contributed by Bounty.com.