Blooming heck it's hot isn't it! I remember when I was pregnant in a heat wave and oh my gosh it was unbearable. Especially at night. So I thought in today's blog I would give you a few tips to help manage it! When you’re pregnant, your body temperature is slightly higher than normal. Which is why when it gets warmer outside you can seem to struggle more than others. Not only is it annoying and uncomfortable, you might also be more at risk of dehydration, fatigue or heatstroke, so it's important to be careful in the sun and manage the heat.
Tips for keeping cool when pregnant.
Sounds obvious but – stay hydrated! So so so important. In warmer weather you sweat more, so drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Gross, but check the colour of your wee and it will give you an indication of how hydrated you are – you’re aiming for a pale colour.
Again obvious, but – try to avoid long periods of time in direct sun. Keep to the shade outside or stay indoors (next to a fan if you’ve got one, ha!). Some women report that their skin is more sensitive anyway, so it’s best to be cautious in the sun anyway.
Wear light clothing – light loose clothing in breathable fabrics like linen or cotton allows air to circulate your body and helps your skin to breathe! Ahh. And if you’re outside wear a hat.
Get a fine water spray bottle if you can and use it liberally, lol.
And a fan.
Keep your moisturiser and sun cream in the fridge. Sounds strange but, so, so nice when you apply it.
Have you already got some muslin cloths in for your baba Or just a flannel? Dip them in water, squeeze out the extra so they are just damp, then pop them in the freezer for a bit – you can pop them round your neck, over your eyes, on your forehead, on your belly, or feet - any part of your body that needs a cool down. trust me on this – heaven.
Similarly, you could wrap a cold, wet bandana or scarf around your head or neck.
Keep your wrists cold. When it gets unbearably hot, if you hold your wrists under cold running water it can work miracles.
Get a hot water bottle, fill it with water, pop it in the fridge = cold water bottle. Hold it against your bump or your back, or just pop it in your top if you fancy 😉
Take it easy. Rushing around, or lots of physical activity – makes you hot, and sweat more causing more dehydration. If you can put your feet up and chill. And if you can’t, at least try to go at a slower pace to reduce fatigue.
I really hope some of that helps you out. Take care lovelies, Lauren xxx
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