Pregnancy is a very special and exciting process, but let’s face it-- it’s hard work. Being pregnant through the summer can seem even more challenging and uncomfortable, but Greene County Medical Center has advice to help you work around the hardships!
Ease your summer pregnancy woes with these seven tips:
1. Problem: Swollen feet & ankles. The unavoidable difficulty of pregnancy swelling can be a major pain, especially in our feet and ankles. Swelling can stem from poor circulation and what we put into our bodies, such as salt in our diet and too much caffeine. Swelling is not only uncomfortable, it also makes it difficult to wear some shoes.
Tip: There are effective ways to deal with swollen extremities, such as:
- Invest in comfortable, supportive shoes that fit properly
- Use cold compresses on swollen areas
- Try to swim in a pool a few times a week
- Drink plenty of water
- Reduce your salt/sodium intake
- Elevate your feet while resting or sitting
2. Problem: Fashion hardships. Finding clothes that are comfortable, flattering and fashionable can seem like a pregnancy nightmare. Especially through the summer months, when trying to cope with sticky, humid weather. The good news is there are a few ways to make this process easier.
Tip: Wearing comfortable maternity clothing is crucial to your happiness during your pregnancy, and particularly in hot, humid weather. Here are a few ways to beat the heat in style:
- Wear clothing made of cotton
- Wear “breathable” articles
- Wear light-colored clothing
- Wear dresses or skirts/pants that do not have a constricting waistline
3. Problem: Staying hydrated. Getting enough fluids during pregnancy is important, no matter what time of the year. However, summer heat can make this much more challenging! Drinking water helps with a variety of things such as keeping you and the baby cool, prevent body water retention and alleviating dry skin.
Tip: Stay hydrated during the unbearably hot summer days with a few easy tricks, such as:
- Carrying a reusable water bottle
- Keeping a glass of water by your bed during the night
- Consuming water-rich fruits and vegetables
4. Problem: Sleeping. Getting enough sleep during pregnancy is very important for you and your baby - but mix in the additional summer heat, and sleeping can be downright challenging. Finding a comfortable position, staying cool and sleeping soundly through the night can feel like a difficult feat. Make the process easier on yourself with a few helpful tips.
Tip: If you are fighting to get a good night's sleep, here are a few tricks to make the process easier:
- Spray a light mist of water on the sheet and pillow with a reusable water bottle before climbing into bed
- Wear comfortable and light, non-restrictive clothing
- Even with air conditioning, consider a personal fan
5. Problem: Cooling down. When you’re pregnant, remaining cool can feel like a constant battle. Air conditioning can be your lifesaver through the warmer months, but it can become costly and not provide the full relief you are looking for. Find the time to take advantage of a few valuable options to reduce your temperature.
Tip: Refreshing your body on those hot and sticky days can go a long way. Consider:
- Dressing in layers
- Using a cool neck wrap
- Taking cool showers
- Swimming in a local pool or lake
6. Problem: Exercising outdoors. When the summer heat gets too extreme, getting in your daily walk, jog or workout routine can be difficult. It is important to exercise safely throughout the warmer months, especially when the humidity kicks in. Get your blood pumping safely with these helpful tips.
Tip: Being conscious of the daily weather temperatures will be crucial when deciding your daily workout routine. A few things to consider:
- Walk or workout in the morning or evenings, when temperatures tend to be cooler
- Bring a water bottle with you and hydrate throughout the workout
- Wear a hat to block the sun
7. Problem: Sweating. Keeping your body temperature regulated during pregnancy can be difficult, even without the heat. You may find yourself naturally sweating more due to changing hormones, increased blood flow and an increased metabolism.
Tip: Help prevent excess sweating throughout your summer pregnancy by modifying your daily routine:
- Stay inside during the peak temperatures of the day
- Drink more fluids - water also helps regulate your body temperature
- Dress in layers so you can add/remove articles of clothing, as needed
Any time is a wonderful time to be pregnant, so don’t let summer make the experience harder than it needs to be! Learn more about how to stay comfortable and safe by contacting Greene County Medical Center’s Advanced Women’s Care clinic. We are here to deliver expert prenatal care, encouragement and support during your pregnancy to promote a happy, comfortable and healthy delivery for you and your baby.
Don’t wait, schedule an appointment today!