Surviving the summer while pregnant in Arizona is a feat all on its own. With temperatures rising well above 100-degrees, we are often discussing ways to stay cool and hydrated during the warm summer months. It’s rough for anyone who lives here during the summer, but to go through it pregnant is a whole different story. However, we’ve been through it year-after-year, helping expectant moms beat the heat with these tips and advice:
How to Stay Safe and Beat the Heat
- Stay Hydrated – We really can’t stress this one enough. In the summer months, we all sweat out a great portion of the liquids that we take in. However, when you’re pregnant you have an even greater possibility of sweating more liquids than you take in, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Also, be sure to apply sun block frequently. It doesn’t just prevent burns but also blocks certain days that helps with hydration. Consider Gatorade along with water to stay hydrated. It ambassadors salts that are good for replacement.
- Stay Cool – While every summer mom will tell you that it is no fun to be pregnant during an Arizona summer, there are some perks. Relaxing by the pool is just one of those perks that you can take advantage of during the summer. In the morning or evening, when the heat is not unbearable, kick back in the pool. The water will lower your body temperature and the buoyancy will ease some of the stress on your body. The pool can also help with swelling.
- Summer Swelling – Unfortunately, your odds of increased swelling during the summer months are much higher than any other time of the year. But there are things that you can do to help avoid too much swelling. Lie down for an hour a day. Kick your feet up and use a cold rag to keep your body temperature low. You absolutely must wear comfortable and supportive shows that are a half-size larger than your normal size. If you want to wear flip-flops, consider supportive sandals or shoes that breathe. Keep moving as well. Take walks, go for a swim, and keep the blood flowing to help reduce swelling. Don’t worry if you experience minor swelling while pregnant in the summer months, it’s completely normal. If you’re concerned, talk to your AOA provider about what can be done.
- Errands in the Morning or Evening – Do what you can in the early morning hours or in the evening. Avoiding direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day can greatly increase your pregnancy experience in the summer months.
- Light Clothing – Keep your clothing light and comfortable. Avoid tight-fitting clothes, as these can not only increase your body temperature but can increase swelling. To avoid chaffing, which is perfectly normal during pregnancy especially during the summer, choose maternity clothes that are made specifically for the summer months.
If you feel light-headed, dizzy, or overheated at any point during your pregnancy call us immediately. In most cases we’ll just want to make sure you’re getting enough water and staying cool. Don’t overdo it in the summer months. Take it easy, take your time, and talk to your AOA provider about any health or heat concerns you might have.