Pregnant women already feel hot and swollen — especially in the third trimester — and the summer heat makes matters much, much worse.
While there aren’t any cures for beating the summer heat completely (besides staying in the AC at all times), there are certainly ways to manage the summer months without living like a hermit.
Here are 10 ways to keep cool during the hot summer months:
Stay Hydrated 1 of 10One of the most important tips is to DRINK WATER — lots of water — especially because dehydration is the leading cause of premature labor. Drinking water also flushes out water retention (swelling!), which summer heat makes worse.
More ways to reduce swelling: Keep your feet elevated, limit your salt intake, use cold compresses, and avoid standing for long periods at a time.
Read more about the importance of summer hydration.
Photo: Greg Riegler Photography/Flickr
Replenish with Electrolytes 2 of 10
Choose Natural Fabrics 3 of 10Opt for lightweight, natural fabrics whenever possible — like bamboo, 100% cotton, and linen. (Speaking of fabric choices, here's how to handle uncomfortable chafing "down there.")
Buy these bamboo B.D.A. (Before During After) Pants, $69.96
Or At Least Light-Colored, Loose-Fitting Clothes 4 of 10If you do wear synthetic fabrics, the looser the better. Tight clothes will only make you feel sweatier — especially if they're tight around your wrists or ankles, which can increase heat-induced swelling.
Buy this Old Navy dress, $28
Change Your Sleep Environment 5 of 10If you like to sleep on flannel or jersey, opt for breathable 100% cotton sheets. You can also find cooling pillows that help regulate your body temperature. (And don't forget a fan in the bedroom!)
Buy this Iso-Cool Memory Foam Pillow, $46.98
Carry Cold Water Spray 6 of 10A cool mist can be invaluable while you're out and about in the heat. Keep a ready-made bottle in the fridge, or fill your own spray bottle.
Buy this Evian Mineral Water Spray + Travel Size, $10
Keep Cool Treats in the Freezer 7 of 10Don't underestimate the power of frozen goodies. Rather than stock up on sugary ice cream and ice pops, Cool Whip is a low-cal option for frozen treats.
See more quick, cooling COOL WHIP recipes
Run Errands When the Sun is Low 8 of 10Let's face it: You can't just lay on your couch all day in the AC (as much as you want to). If you absolutely must go out in the brutal heat, opt to run errands in the morning or early evening, when the sun is lower in the sky.
Photo: Paul Bica/Flickr
Swim 9 of 10Not only is swimming a cool-down technique, but it's an excellent exercise option for pregnant women, and it helps keep swelling down.
Take Quick Showers or Baths 10 of 10If you don't have access to a pool, quick cold showers or relaxing baths can be a major help.
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