During pregnancy, a woman’s body temperature goes higher than normal. With the dramatic changes going on in a pregnant woman’s body, additional heat caused by the summer’s temperature adds extra discomfort.
This also heightens a preggy woman’s risk for dehydration, which can potentially trigger some medical conditions on her and her unborn child. For instance, when a pregnant woman is dehydrated, a portion of her blood volume is lost, boosting the amount of oxytocin, a hormone which triggers contractions.
There are simple ways by which preggy women can keep cool, hydrated and comfortable. Here are some summer essentials we recommend to battle the heat.
Pregnant women are generally advised to stay indoors, but applying a cool, damp washcloth or hand towel to the nape, head and forehead will help them keep their body temperature down.
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Keep hydrated by having fluids on hand to quench thirst and cool down. Water, juices, milk and sports drinks are good options to help replenish electrolytes lost due to perspiration.
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Simply spritz on your face to instantly feel refreshed from the heat.
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Wear breathable fabrics like cotton to feel cool and minimize sweating. This also helps prevent heat rash from forming on your tummy and under your breasts. Light-colored clothes as well help in keeping absorbed heat to a minimum.
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Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to keep the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays from damaging your skin. Put this on at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.