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Keeping Cool during Pregnancy

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Staying cool whilst looking hot during pregnancy

So the hot weather is finally upon us in the UK and what a hot week it is going to be. I remember being heavily pregnant throughout a hot summer and oh my I know how you may feel. For many of you there is the added pressure of traveling on cramped public transport. Note to those who aren’t pregnant if you see a heavily pregnant woman standing, please offer her your seat, she will be really grateful.

keeping cool in pregnancyStaying cool in pregnancy is essential. dehydration is a serious issues for pregnant women and in the heat it doesn’t take long for your body to overheat as you are carrying an extra load, so to speak. It is vital that you carry a bottle of water with you on all journeys.  You should be looking to drink 3 litres of water per day, plus your fruit juices, herbal teas, etc. Wear loose clothing, avoid tight-fitting bra’s and avoid clothes that constrict you. It may be time to think about adopting a new style, so you can feel cool but look good. Avoid wearing heels wear comfy shoes.

If you are going on holiday then please only have short spurts of sun bathing, like half hour in the sun, half hour in the shade, and get in the pool, plenty of swimming will not only cool you down it will keep you fit, so you’re looking good. Wear a hat if you can there are some great hats available these days, and as we approach August many stores are having their summer sales.

Signs of Dehydration

  • Buy a spray bottle and fill it with water keep it in the fridge. Spritz  your face regularly to cool you down.
  • Carry water where ever you go, drink plenty.
  • keep an eye gel mask in the fridge or freezer and put it on whenever you feel the need to cool down.
  • If you haven’t got a hand fan then you can pick up hand-held battery operated hand fans from many stores these days, especially the £1 stores.
  • Get a very big hat with a wide brim to keep your head and shoulders in the shade.
  • Keep your bedroom as cool as possible. Use a fan, open the windows and keep the curtains or blinds drawn all day.
  • If you find it difficult to sleep, then move to another room, or try to have an afternoon snooze, I used to find this really helped me.
  • Try to stay in the shade as much as possible.  Especially around midday
  • Ask your boss for regular breaks and ensure you drink and eat well, light salads will be easier another hydration tip is water melon it really does help in this hot weather.
  • Run your wrists under a cold tap to cool your pulse points, and use a cool wet flannel on your forehead and the back of your neck – this should help to cool you down quickly.

If you do find that you are feeling unwell, then take a break, have a nap, if you feel any of the symptoms above then contact 111 if you are over 28 weeks of pregnancy then contact your Fetal assessment unit or delivery suite at the hospital where you are booked to deliver.

Make time to keep cool xx

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