Hot sweaty and bloody miserable
With Summer in full swing, we’re looking at long days, super light mornings, the sweet sound of the ice-cream van doing the rounds, endless BBQ’s and general merriment in the sunshine. YIPPEE!
However, the hot weather is not everyone’s friend and never more so than when you’re expecting. When pregnant our core body temperature rises, which is due to a combination of those pesky pregnancy hormones and increased blood flow pumping through our bodies.
Both my kids were born in September, albeit a month early but twice I spent a wretched hot summer heavily pregnant, uncomfortable and bloody miserable.
I had always imagined summer pregnancies to be filled with cute floating maxi dresses, my belly unashamedly on show, long walks on the beach, sun kissed tans and, of course, an abundance of glowing.
The reality however, was very different (for me at least) – there was; in no particular order; the chafing thighs, the butt sweating, the sleepless nights, the risk of dehydration, the increased susceptibility to sunburn and don’t even get me started on the swollen feet, heat rash, sausage toes and fat fingers.
The heat can cause serious problems during pregnancy with the risk of dehydration being this biggest and scariest factor.
We’re made up of 90% water and drinking plenty of water Not only eases constipation and those pesky and painful haemorrhoids (oh the joys of pregnancy know no bounds) it also reduces the risk of urinary tract infections and gives your skins that magic glow, or magic sweat as the case may be. Yep summer pregnancy is no walk in the park ladies. However, there are plenty of things you can do to ease the discomfort and keep yourselves safe when out and about in the sunshine.
Some symptoms of dehydration to look out for during the heat
Reduced toilet stops with little or no pee
Dark coloured urine (we want to see clear urine ladies)
Light-headed and dizziness
It’s so easy to dehydrate when you’re pregnant and this can cause you to faint, so ensure you carry a bottle of water with you always. Thankfully there’s plenty of high water foods to keep you hydrated too;
Whilst drinking water is important, you can also get it from foods. There are many healthy foods that can contribute a large amount of water to your diet so mix it up as much as your can and try adding these high water foods into your daily routine now that summer is in full swing.
Melon; Melon Melon, the best way to fill up and hydrate at the same time. Watermelon 🍉 (its in the name ladies) is incredible straight from the fridge.
Just don’t eat too much of the stuff. Melon is a natural laxative, which is great for easing constipation but just don’t eat a whole one. Try this super cooling hydrating smoothie and get your very own watermelon sugar high…. 😉
Other Important Tips to Survive a Summer Pregnancy
Keep your fluids up
It’s so easy to dehydrate when you’re pregnant and this can cause you to faint, so ensure you carry a bottle of water with you always. Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at any other time. Thankfully most of the cases in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be serious and put both mum and baby at risk. Avoid the midday sun which is typically between 11.am.-3.pm. If you must go outside please try and arrange for it to be outside of these hours and staying inside during the hottest part of the day.
Beware of your salt intake
Watch your salt intake which you should be aware of anyway during pregnancy. But more so in the warmer months; you’ll be thankful as it’s responsible for the increase in water retention which leads to those puffy sausage fingers and swollen feet. You’ll feel more comfortable too.
Wear loose fitting clothes
Natural fibre clothes are your best option. Polyester is not your friend ladies, although for most, I know a pair of leggings can be our saviour. Wear a hat! If you’re going to be out in the sun for a long period of time make sure you get yourself a wide brimmed one. They look super cute too.
Buy yourself a battery-operated fan
One you can keep in your handbag at all times. This will be a lifesaver if you’re commuting on busy public transport or you’re sat in a stuffy office with no air con. For an instant cooler run your wrists under a cold tap of water. This is a sure-fire way to cool you down instantly. A friend recommended this to me and it was a lifesaver. It works a treat when you’re stuck in a hot office with no air-conditioning and a small desk fan.