Beat the Heat During Pregnancy

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The hot and humid weather in this little red dot can be almost unbearable for the non-pregnant ones out there, what more when you are carrying a baby bump. Here are easy ways for you to keep cool and comfortable on our sunny island.

WORDS NURULHUDA SUHAIMI

 

Whether you’re a “Bring on the sun!” kind of girl, or you try to avoid the heat like it’s the plague, staying cool in the sweltering heat can be a tad more difficult when you’re carrying a baby. Did you know your body temperature tends to increase while you’re pregnant? This happens because blood circulation increases during pregnancy, resulting in your body producing more heat. That’s why you might notice yourself feeling warmer than usual, even in cooler spaces.

 

Of course, you don’t have to let the sun bring you down. Keep these tips in mind to stay cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.

 

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water – about eight glasses per day – to help you stay cool. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go so it’s easier to keep track of how much water you drank. Plus, drinking enough water will prevent you from getting dehydrated.

 

Dehydration already poses enough problems for a non-pregnant person; it can be even more harmful when you’re expecting. Dehydration can cause you to feel faint and dizzy, which can be extra dangerous when you’re pregnant since it might increase your risk of falling.

 

 

Dehydration can also result in nausea – and if you’re already experiencing

morning sickness, that’s the last thing you want happening!

 

 

Homemade Icy Treats

Tired of drinking glass after glass of plain water? Since you should avoid alcoholic beverages during pregnancy, treat yourself to some icy mocktails instead. There are tons of recipes available that’ll let you create your very own baby-friendly drink at home, so the next time you’re craving something icy cold, crack out your bartending skills and quench your thirst with a delicious mocktail.

 

Popsicles make a yummy treat too in the sweltering heat. Try your hand at making homemade popsicles. All you have to do is blend your preferred fruits to make a purée, pour them into a popsicle mould, and keep them in the freezer until the popsicles are completely frozen.

 

Keeping Cool at Home

If you have an air-conditioner at home, it’s time to put that to good use. This is especially if your house receives lots of direct sunlight during the day – it can feel like you’re living in an oven! Switch on the air-conditioner when you’re feeling too warm to keep you all cool and comfy.

 

 

Another quick way to cool yourself down is by applying a cool,

damp washcloth on your forehead and the back of your neck.

 

 

Cooling Accessories

If you’re heading outside, bring some cooling equipment with you so you can instantly refresh yourself when it gets too hot under the sun. For example, store a small, battery-operated fan in your bag, which you can quickly whip out to cool yourself down. They will become your best friends when you’re squashed like sardines with other passengers on public transport, and the crowd is making you heat up.

 

If you plan to be under the sun for a long period of time, wear a hat or cap, or use an umbrella, to shade yourself. For some extra cool down, bring along a bottle of water spritzer you can spray on your face to refresh yourself.

 

Avoid Direct Sunlight

If you have any outdoor activities planned, try to schedule them when the day is cooler. If possible, avoid going out during the hottest part of the day (between 12 pm to 3 pm). When you’re out and about, and the weather is getting particularly hot, head indoors to cool yourself off.

 

Loose, Light Clothes

When shopping for maternity clothes, find those made of lightweight fabrics such as cotton and linen. These materials are breathable, allowing more air to flow over your body, as well as absorbent, which means you won’t have that icky feeling of damp clothing sticking to your skin.

               

Hit the Pool

What better way to get away from the heat than having a swim in the pool? The cool temperature of the water can help bring your body temperature down, thus taking away some of that heat from the sunny weather.

 

 

Swimming is a great form of low-impact exercise for pregnant mums. The buoyancy of the 

water will provide you with a sense of weightlessness and reduces the strain on your joints. 

Many mums even claim that swimming can help to relieve their morning sickness.

 

 

If you’re a bit wary about hitting the pool, check with your doctor on whether it’s safe for you and your baby. When you do go for a swim, don’t engage in an intensive swim. Your swim workout shouldn’t leave you feeling breathless; as a general guideline, you should be able to maintain a conversation comfortably while working out.

 

Take it Easy

If the heat is just too hot for you to handle, then kick your feet up and relax. If you have things that need to get done immediately, ask someone else to help you with them, and leave the low-priority tasks for another day.

 

 

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