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When you are pregnant, your body temperature will naturally be elevated due to an increase in metabolism and other factors. Therefore, it is most important to keep yourself cool in the summer months when the temperature is increased (especially in Texas!), to minimize your discomfort. Here are some tips on keeping cool:
1. Stay hydrated.
The most common advice given to pregnant women is to drink lots of water. This is ever so crucial in the summer months when the mercury is unusually high. When you are well hydrated, it is easier for the body to release heat through the process of sweating. It is recommended for pregnant women to drink between 8-10 glasses of water each day.
Tip: Add a slice of lemon and mint leaves, cucumber, or your favorite slices of fruit in the water to give it a refreshing taste.
As electrolytes are also lost through sweating along with water content, you can replace these by eating foods such as pickles, olives, bananas, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
2. Go swimming.
Find a safe body of water or local pool to swim in. In addition to keeping you cool, swimming gives you a mild workout that increases circulation, reduces swelling and minimizes stress.
3. Avoid the outdoors.
Try not to stay outdoors for extended periods of time. If you have to be outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep cool. Limit your outdoor activities, stay inside, and draw the shades. If the heat is unbearable, draw a cool bath and play relaxing music while you soak. Taking a nap also cools off the body.
4. Wear loose, light clothing.
Wear light-colored clothing made of cotton or linen preferably. These breathable materials allow the body to release heat quicker than other fabrics.
5. Make homemade popsicles or frozen fruit snacks.
Blend together some unsweetened yogurt and your favorite fruits, pour it into popsicle molds or ice trays (use tooth picks for these) and place in the freezer for about 5 hours or until frozen. Popular fruits include blueberries, strawberries and pineapples.
If you choose to avoid dairy, just freeze grapes or watermelon slices for a refreshing treat.
6. Use a cool neck wrap.
Wrapping a cool, wet cloth loosely around your neck can help keep the body cool. A cool, wet bandana matching your outfit can keep you stylish as you cool down!
7. Open windows at night / close shades in the morning.
Especially if you don’t have air conditioning, it is best to open your windows in the evening if you feel comfortable doing so. Placing fans in or near the windows helps to draw in the cooler air. When morning rolls around, close the windows and shades/blinds to keep the heat of the sun out.
The heat can be exhausting when pregnant, so do your best to keep cool for your health and safety.
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