A summer pregnancy in Albuquerque may not always be the easiest. We understand that you may be feeling uncomfortable, agitated and overheated. Your body is working overtime to cool down and the 100-degree dry heat doesn’t help. Because of these factors, it is important that pregnant women take proper precautions so overheating does not happen during pregnancy, which can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. The most common symptoms of heat exhaustion (which can lead to heat stroke) include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting.
Beat the heat with these easy ways to stay cool, comfortable and safe during pregnancy:
The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink about ten, eight ounce cups of water each day. Limit caffeine and your salt intake. Always keep a bottle with you to ensure you do not get dehydrated.
Fill a spray bottle with ice water spritze your face several times a day to help cool the body down. Keep an airplane travel-size bottle in your purse for easy access.
Enjoy chilled foods
Limit your hot meals on a hot day. Salads and refrigerated fruit and vegetables are great options. Homemade popsicles loaded with fruit can also do the trick.
Get your fan on
Did you know they make fans that plug into an iPhone? Pop the fan in your purse so you have it on-the-go when you tend to feel the hottest and most uncomfortable.
Take a cool shower
Skip the hot shower and opt for a cool shower or bath. If you’re away from home, head to the bathroom and run cold water on your wrists or back of the neck. These pulse points or “quick cooling spots” can lower your body temperature quickly.
Stay in the shade
Take a break from sunbathing or spending an extended amount of time in the sun. If you are outside, snag a spot under an umbrella. Try to schedule outdoor activities in the early morning or evening hours when it’s not so hot.
Show off your bump by taking an afternoon dip in the pool! Not only can swimming help lower your body temperature, but this low-impact workout is fun and can relieve those achy joints.
Go for light and comfort
Lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen and silk are breathable. Shop for comfortable and loose maternity wear, especially during the warmer months.
Labor of Love offers assistance finding a health care provider and insurance, as well as support accessing community resources before, during or after your pregnancy. To learn more about our Labor of Love program, call 505.727.7677.