Pregnancy can cause varied levels of discomfort no matter what time of year it is. However, an increase in blood volume, fluid retention and a metabolism working in overdrive through summertime seems to take the cake in terms of a heightened sense of discomfort 🤰🥵
Luckily, there are a few easy tips that will help you stay cool and comfortable this summer 🌸
STAY HYDRATED 💧
Guidelines recommended that pregnant women drink 8-12 glasses of water each day and more if exercising. Water helps regulate your body temperature, when you are hydrated your body is better able to release heat (primarily through sweat). It’s important to make sure you replace the water leaving your body!
FIND A LOCAL POOL OR BODY OF WATER 🏊♀️ 🏖
Swimming has numerous benefits in addition to cooling you down – it is a whole body workout, increases circulation, provides relief from swelling and minimises stress! Exercising is an important part of maintaining health during pregnancy and doing so in a safe body of water avoids any risk of overheating in the summer sun.
HOME MADE ICY POLES OR FROZEN FRUIT SNACKS 🧊🍉
Pick some of your favourite fruit with or without some yogurt (for a diary free option) and make your own refreshing ‘nice’ cream or icy pole. Healthy, refreshing and full of vitamins and minerals!
WEAR LOOSE, LIGHT AND BREATHABLE CLOTHES 👗
These items speed up the evaporation of sweat allowing your skin to cool quickly, plus they don’t dig in. Pop on light colour and your clothing will absorb less heat too.
KEEP YOUR HOUSE COOL 😎
Open your windows in the evening and overnight once the temperature has dropped then in the morning close the windows and blinds to trap the cool air in.
HIBERNATE 🛌 🛁
Be sure not to push yourself when temperatures soar. When the weather is exceedingly hot give yourself permission to find a cool room and snooze. Napping is another trick in cooling your body temperature. Better yet, enjoy a cool bath with relaxing music or a calming meditation. Luckily for us two of Fertile Ground’s elder naturopaths have made a series of pregnancy specific meditations for nausea relief, early pregnancy, sleep, breech, overdue babies and more, which you can find here.
GET SOME PURIFYING HOUSEPLANTS FOR CHRISTMAS 🌿
Aloe Vera, Areca palm tree, Ficus tree, Fern and Snake plants all cool and purifying their air space. Pick one up yourself or ask someone to purchase for you as a lovingly supportive gift!
These are just some of the ways to bring more comfort to you through a summer pregnancy.
Written by Dr Nicole Cukierman, Fertility, Pregnancy and General health Osteopath at Fertile Ground Health Group.
Dr Nicole Cukierman is available for one on one consultations in person at Fertile Ground Health Group. Book in with Nicole and find out what’s possible for your situation.