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Summertime Self Care for Pregnant Women

July 7, 2021

The summer is a great time for everyone-- the warm air and sunshine make a great background for long days at the beach, fun family outings, and many other exciting outdoor activities. That’s why we don’t think pregnant women should feel left out from experiencing all the fun summer has to offer.

In this article we’re going to go over why it’s important for pregnant women to keep cool in the summer and a few tips and tricks to keep cool while staying safe and happy during these hot months. Keep reading to learn:

  • Why It’s Important for Pregnant Women To Keep Cool
  • While pregnant it’s important to take care of yourself, and your baby, so it’s important to know
  • Why the summer could be a troubling time during your pregnancy.

Pregnancy means your body is hard at work keeping you and your baby healthy, so that’s why when you add in the hard work that comes with keeping cool during the summer heat, it can be difficult and sometimes push some expecting mothers over the edge.

While pregnant in the summer it’s important to be in tune with your body. Overheating and dehydration are the most common issues pregnant women face during the summer. Overheating includes warm skin, headaches, dizziness, muscle cramps and nausea. Dehydration can increase dizzy spells and fainting.

There isn’t a lot of information about how overheating impacts fetal development, but studies done on animals show that it may cause cell death or interfere with specific proteins involved in fetal development during the first trimester.

Pregnant women who believe they are overheating should take steps to cool down quickly-- move to a cooler place, sip water, loosen clothing, apply wet clothes and sit in cool bathtub water.

Overall, pregnant women shouldn’t avoid doing fun things in the summertime. However, it is important to be aware of your body and stay cool to avoid any of the negative side effects that may come with spending an extended amount of time in the sun.

Tips for Pregnant Women in The Summer

Here are a few things for pregnant women to do to keep cool in the heat.

A pregnant woman holds her belly as she sits in milky looking water with flowers and leaves floating in the water.
There are many great ways to keep cool during the summer as a pregnant woman.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Try to go outside during the morning or evening hours-- avoiding direct sunlight between 12-3pm is best as that is when the sun is at its peak during the day.

Stay Hydrated

Water intake should be sufficient, raging between 80 to 100 ounces-- more if you are exercising.

Wear Sunscreen

Wearing sunscreen helps keep you safe-- it also helps avoid any inconveniences that come with sun burns. Be sure to find one that is 30 SPF or higher for full protection.

Elevate your feet

Swelling is a common problem with pregnant women, so elevating your feet above heart level as much as possible could be a great way to keep yourself comfortable in the summer months. Spending time in a bathtub or pool where you can submerge your entire abdomen for 20 to 30 minutes has proven to help alleviate issues with swelling.

Invest in a Maternity Swimsuit

Swimming is a great way to cool off in the summer-- it also is a really easy way to relieve pressure on your joints. Finding a maternity swimsuit that you feel comfortable in is a great way to feel your best and be comfortable in the summer.

Take a Swim Aerobics Class

Look into your local YMCA or gym to see what their schedules are like for water aerobics. It’s a great way to cool off while stretching and strengthening your muscles.

Wear Loose, Cool Clothing

Loose clothes are a great and easy way to keep cool. Nothing is there to constrict your movements and it allows for your body to feel comfortable as you navigate your day.

Take a Cool Bath

There’s almost no better way to relax and take some time for yourself than to take a bath. Soaking in some cool/warm water is an easy way to spend some time engaging in some of your favorite relaxing activities-- grab a book, watch a movie, eat a snack, there are so many great ways to spend time with yourself in the bath. It’s a great way to enjoy your time while also helping your body cool down and relax.

Invest in Anti-Chafe Products

The summer is a perfect time for chafing-- the hot weather is the perfect breeding ground for sweatiness and skin to be rubbing against skin. Take care of yourself by avoiding any discomfort and look for anti-chafe products the next time you do your shopping.

Have Fun in the Sun, but Always Be Careful

It’s important for you to enjoy your time as a pregnant woman, but don’t forget to be careful in the heat.

A pregnant woman sits on a fall tree trunk in the woods. She is holding her stomach with one hand while she leans o the other and is looking at the sky with her eyes closed.
Enjoy your time outside this summer, but be in tune with your body to understand when you need to cool down.

Overall, there are many great ways for you to still enjoy the summer sun without over exerting yourself. Engaging in activities and spending time outdoors are the best parts of summer, so don’t be afraid to get out there!

Just always be sure to listen to your body and ask a doctor if you’re not sure about any products or activities we mentioned.

Being pregnant doesn’t have to mean giving up all of those fun things you love, so be sure to enjoy the summer months while you wait for your baby to arrive.


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