Everyone talks about that ‘pregnancy glow’ but let’s face it during the summer heat it’s less of a glow than a sweaty mess. Pregnancy always makes women hotter than usual and during the humid summer nights and warm days that is only worsened. That is why we have put together our top tips for keeping cool, while pregnant, this summer.
Wear Lightweight Clothing
From your underwear to your clothing choose lightweight fabrics such as cotton, during hot weather. Cotton is a breathable fabric that will help to prevent heat rash, which is a common complaint in pregnant women. We also recommend wearing lighter colours as black attracts the heat leaving you feeling even hotter!
Cool Down Your Pulse Points
By running a cold tap or placing an ice cube on your wrists, you will instantly feel the rest of your body start to cool down. If you’re off out for a walk, try filling a bottle with ice cold water that you can pour onto your wrists through the day.
Take a Lukewarm Shower
When you’re feeling extremely hot it can be tempting to jump into a cold shower, but this can actually make you hotter. Your body will naturally start to heat up to compensate for the sudden chill, so take a Luke warm shower to help cool you down.
During pregnancy you can easily become dehydrated, which can make you feel faint and dizzy. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids throughout the day and always carry a bottle of water with you incase you become suddenly hot, flustered and thirsty.
Go For a Swim
No only will going for a swim help to cool you down it’ll also take weight off your sciatic nerve and help to reduce any swelling from your legs and feet.
Seek The Shade
Days out in the hot weather are inventible but if you’re pregnant you should aim to stay in the shade as much as possible. Due to melanin levels pregnant women are prone to sunburn so stay out of the sun during 11am and 3pm when it is at it’s hottest and look for shady areas.