How Expecting Moms Can Stay Cool and Comfortable All Summer Long
When a woman is expecting a child, several physiological changes occur that can make the hot summer weather even more uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are ways for moms-to-be to stay cool and comfortable despite spikes in temperature. If you are finding that the hot summer weather is too overwhelming for you to adequately enjoy the season, read through this brief guide for some helpful tips.
Keep Out of the Hot Sun
The sun is at its hottest and most intense from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day on average. To limit your sun exposure, schedule your outdoor activities for before or after this time. If possible, stay indoors when the temperature is near or exceeds 90 degrees. Wearing light-colored, breathable clothing and having a water spray bottle on hand at all times are also great ways to keep cool while outdoors.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Though it is important for everyone to drink plenty of water during the hot summer weather, it is especially important for expecting mothers. Enjoying cool, fresh water during the day will help you to replenish any fluids lost through sweating and keep you well-hydrated. Drinks with supplemented electrolytes or healthy fruit smoothies are great ways to stay comfortable while also replenishing salt and other vital nutrients.
Ask for Help
If you are too uncomfortable to do those errands or outdoor chores, ask a friend or family member for their help. If something doesn’t need to be done immediately, you can always wait until later in the day or postpone the errand until the weather is more forgiving.
Frequent naps in an air-conditioned home can also help to combat any discomfort or fatigue that the summer heat brings. For more information regarding maternity health and wellness, contact the women’s health experts of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727. We are committed to providing mothers with only the highest quality of compassionate and comprehensive medical care.