Tips on Pregnancy During Summer

Are you currently pregnant and bracing yourself for a hot summer this year? We have compiled a list of our top tips on pregnancy during summer, because we know how hard pregnancy on its own can be- let alone in intense heat! It’s so important to stay comfortable and healthy whilst pregnant, so maintaining this during summer is essential!

1. Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is vital during pregnancy to support the baby’s development and prevent complications. Drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich fruits, like cucumber and watermelon can help you stay hydrated. It’s crucial to watch out for signs of dehydration, such as dark urine and dizziness, and drink regularly throughout the day to stay healthy for both yourself and baby. 

2. Dress Comfortably

Opting for breathable, lightweight fabrics is essential during summer pregnancy to stay comfortable and cool. Maternity clothing designed for warm weather, such as flowy dresses and shorts made from cotton or linen  can help regulate body temperature. Loose-fitting clothes provide room for your growing bump and allow air circulation, reducing the risk of overheating. 

3. Sun Protection

During pregnancy, it’s vital to prioritise your skin protection from harmful UV rays by using sun cream with an appropriate SPF. Sun cream shields the skin from sunburn and reduces the risk of long-term damage, such as skin cancer. Go for a broad-spectrum sun cream with SPF 30 or higher, and apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin. In addition to sun cream, wearing wide hats and sunglasses that block UV rays provides extra defence, safeguarding your face and eyes from the sun. It’s also wise to steer clear of peak sun hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV radiation is strongest.

4. Stay Cool

Staying cool indoors during heat waves is essential for comfort and health. Utilising fans  can help regulate indoor temperatures. It’s advisable to keep curtains or blinds closed during the hottest parts of the day to block out direct sunlight. Additionally, wearing lightweight, breathable clothing can aid in staying cool. When outdoors, seeking shade whenever possible and using cooling towels or fans can help prevent overheating. Remember to take regular breaks, stay hydrated, and listen to your body’s cues to avoid overheating and heat-related illnesses. 

5. Manage Swelling

During summer, swelling during pregnancy can be increased by the heat. Common causes include increased fluid retention due to hormonal changes and the body’s response to warmer temperatures. To reduce swelling, especially in the heat, it’s essential to elevate your feet whenever possible to improve circulation. Wearing compression socks can also help by providing gentle pressure to reduce swell in the legs. Staying active with swimming or prenatal yoga can aid in circulation and prevent swelling, while avoiding standing for long periods can alleviate pressure on the lower body. Additionally, staying hydrated and keeping cool can help minimise swelling during the summer months.

As the summer heat intensifies, pregnancy can become even more demanding. Yet, with these essential tips, you can navigate this season with ease and comfort. From staying hydrated to protecting your skin, each suggestion is a lifeline in the warmer weather. Prioritise your well-being, stay cool, and cherish every moment of this incredible journey into motherhood.