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Five Tips for Keeping Cool While Pregnant This Summer

The summer might be winding down but temperatures can still be high. High temperatures can be draining and dangerous, especially if you are pregnant. Here are five quick tips to help keep you cool this summer.

  1. STAY HYDRATED

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  • If you are perspiring heavily due to the heat, make sure you are replacing the electrolytes you are losing with sources such as electrolyte infused water and sports drinks. There are also several good food sources too.

2 . WEAR COOL CLOTHING

  • Cotton and linen are great breathable fabrics vs. synthetics.

  • Wear light colors and loose comfy clothing.

3 . BEAT THE HEAT

  • Avoid direct, mid-day sun and always wear sunscreen.

  • A cool, damp washcloth applied to the back of your neck, your forehead, or the top of your head is also a good way to keep your body temperature down.

4 . ADJUST YOUR EXERCISE

  • Exercise at the coolest times of the day and avoid exercising to the point of overheating.

  • Swimming can keep you cool and as a bonus, takes some weight off your sciatic nerve.

5 . CHILL OUT AND PUT YOUR FEET UP

  • Don't push yourself. Give yourself permission to relax in a cool room with your feet up.

  • Relax with a cool bath and your favorite relaxing music and enjoy a reprieve from the summer heat.

This list is intended to provide you with a few tips to assist you in making good choices for you and your baby’s health. It should not take the place of a conversation with your health provider.



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