Conceptual Options Health News: Tips for Keeping Cool in the Heat: A Summer Survival Guide for Pregnant Surrogates
When you’re pregnant, you are already a few degrees hotter than normal. Add to that the sweltering summer heat in California and you’ve got yourself one Hot Surrogate Mama (literally)! Here are some tips on how to beat the heat this summer.
1) Stay hydrated: Whether it be water or electrolytes, make sure you are keeping yourself hydrated on hot days. When it’s hot, you will be sweating more, so electrolytes and water will replenish the fluids you lose when you sweat.
2) Dress appropriately: In the summer time you want to avoid synthetic fabrics that hold in sweat. Wear light breathable materials instead. Also make sure your clothing is loose fitting. Wearing tight clothing can trap the sweat against your body and cause you to get a rash. Also wear light colors that reflect the light rather than absorbing it.
3) Take a shower or take a dip: A cool shower or a dip in the pool may help to bring down your body temperature on hot days. Going into the pool can also give the added benefit of taking pressure off of your back and allowing you to do light exercise.
4) Stay indoors in the middle of the day: The heat tends to be the highest in midday. So if possible, limit your outdoor activities to the early morning and evening.
5) Cold air and cold water are your friends: When it is really hot outside, stay at home. Turn on the A/C if you have one. If you don’t turn on a fan and close the shades to cool down your home. If you are going out, take a spray bottle with you to spray yourself down when it gets hot. It’s a good way to keep the kids cool as well.
6) Ice, Ice, Baby: Get creative with some refreshing frozen drinks like smoothies and slushies. Not only will it keep you hydrated, but it will help you stay cool and satisfy your taste buds!
7) Kick up your heels: Swelling can get worse in the summer time so make sure you take breaks and elevate your feet to keep the swelling down.
8) Take it easy: Pregnancy can create its own level of exhaustion, and the heat can only make it worse. So don’t over exert yourself on hot days. Relax, you deserve it!
For more tips on how to keep cool this summer for all pregnant women, surrogates as well, click here.