In the summer (Dec-Feb in Australia) and early autumn (March-May) months, you may have to deal with extreme hot weather temperatures, we live in a country which has extreme highs and lows and summer can be brutal going up to the mid 40’s in some states. This is of course not fun for most pregnant women especially as their bodies are already overheated.
To help cope with the heat, you can: ·
Wear lightweight, loose clothing- including a wide brimmed hat when outside ·
Drink a lot of water. ·
Eat light, healthy meals. ·
Submerge your feet in a bucket of cold water- use that baby bath you have just purchased or simply sit them in the pool ·
Stay in an air conditioned environment….go shopping for baby in all those cool baby shops ·
Use powder (such as currash) in skin folds to prevent rashes.
Pregnancy and Sunscreen
During the summer months, it is very important to protect yourself from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Your skin is more likely to burn now that you're pregnant due to chemical changes in your body.
Keep your skin safe by using sunscreen or sunblock. Read the ingredients of the sunscreen to ensure it is safe to use during pregnancy. If you want to avoid all sunscreens, opt to stay in the shade or wear loose fitting protective clothing to protect your skin.
Swimming While Pregnant
One of the best things about the summer months is being able to swim. .
It keeps you cool, helps you relax, takes the pressure and weight off of your
body, and makes exercise easy and fun, because of these reasons swimming is the perfect exercise if you are pregnant.
If you're not a strong swimmer, take it easy in the pool. Simply walking around in the water or doing a simple swim stroke while holding on to a floatation device or noodle can be great exercise for you. If you are a strong swimmer, enjoy everything you loved about swimming before pregnancy except for diving deep into the water and jumping from a diving board.
All in all try to stay cool in the summer months to enable to enjoy your pregnancy during this time.