Top Tips to Help You Keep Your Cool During Your Summer Pregnancy
Anyone who has ever gone through a pregnancy can attest to how uncomfortable it can get at times, especially during the sweltering heat of the summer season. While your OBGYN may have their own weight loss and wellness services for those trying to conceive, womens health care changes drastically when she becomes pregnant. Here are just a few tips to help you stay cool during your summer pregnancy.
Wear Loose Clothes
Not every woman takes the time to buy maternity clothes when she gets pregnant, but during the summertime, it's definitely worth it to invest in some loose and comfortable clothing. Don't forget to bring a hat with you if you're taking a walk or will otherwise be in direct sunlight. On the same note, if you'll be on your feet for an extended period of time, make sue to wear shoes that provide support, and take frequent breaks as needed.
While you won't be able to relax with a traditional cocktail during your pregnancy, you can certainly enjoy yourself and keep cool on a hot summer day with a 'mocktail' that's actually quite healthy for you. There are countless recipes available online, but for a quick and easy recipe, try Parents Magazine's recommendation: "Sip a cold "mocktail," like this Pina Colada Smoothie: Combine six ounces frozen coconut yogurt, half a frozen banana, half of a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple, and one cup of milk; blend until smooth," writes Deirdre Byrne. Of course, it's also necessary to stay hydrated throughout the day with plenty of cool water. Don't hesitate to reach for sports drinks with electrolytes if you need to replace lost salt and retain fluid after exerting yourself.
Don't Forget the Sunscreen
Finally, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen with you wherever you go, even if you don't feel as though you'll be spending much time outdoors that day. This applies even if it's cloudy, since you can still get a sunburn. It's important to remember that your skin is much more vulnerable to sun damage when you're pregnant; in fact, the average woman has 17 square feet of skin when she is not pregnant. This stretches to an unbelievable 18.5 square feet by the ninth month of pregnancy.
When it comes down to it, maintaining your health and keeping your cool go hand in hand during any summer pregnancy. For more information about weight loss and wellness services, contact WomanCare PC.