From the humidity to hot temperatures, pregnancy during the summer months can be challenging. We’ve compiled some tips for you on how to stay cool during your pregnancy!
1) Stay hydrated! The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in water. So, for example, if you weigh 150 pounds, your water goal per day would be 75 oz (about 9 cups of water). It’s super important to stay hydrated during pregnancy because water helps form the amniotic fluid around the fetus. It also helps aid digestion and circulates nutrients in the body. During the summer months, our bodies need even more water than normal to regulate our body temperature.
If you struggle drinking plain water, here are some suggestions:
– Add a Liquid IV packet to your water bottle! There are a ton of flavors including strawberry lemonade, watermelon, lemon lime, pina colada, passion fruit, and more.
– Try switching it up with sparkling water! While you should still consume regular water, adding sparkling water to your day will help add some flavor and allow you to stay hydrated!
– Keep it simple by adding a lemon and a pinch of salt to your water bottle! This is a natural electrolyte and helps you retain water to stay hydrated!
2) Go for a swim! Did you know that swimming is one of the best exercises to do while pregnant? It is low impact and has so many benefits, without placing stress on your body (and your baby). It can also help relieve pain during pregnancy from swelling and weight gain. If you aren’t up for a swim or need to limit physical activity, just hop on a floaty and relax! Just make sure to wear SPF because your skin is more sensitive to the sun while pregnant.
3) Wear breathable fabrics! Ditch the leggings and go for a maxi dress or maternity shorts. Clothing that is too tight can restrict your breathing and may make you feel uncomfortable during the hot weather. If you need some maternity clothes, visit our in-house store, Taylor’s Boutique!
4) Get plenty of rest! The summer heat can increase swelling in your legs and feet, so make sure to give your body a break when possible. It’s hard to balance rest when working or going to school, but you can do it! Try to reduce your stress and prop your feet up! Better yet – turn on a fan and put a cold towel over your legs.
We hope these tips help you have the best pregnant girl summer ever! As always, reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance