Dehydration is a leading cause of premature labor. Heat waves all over the country mean more women showing up to the hospital with painful, inefficient contractions. When you’re thirsty this means you’re already at a deficit for water so try not to even get thirsty in the first place. Drink up, ladies! When you’re pregnant you’ve got 40-50% more blood volume– this is a lot of bodily fluids to maintain.
And when the heat gets crazy, we sweat, we lose water and are much more likely to become dehydrated. Usually, it can be resolved really fast. I had two calls last year from moms in wildly hot playgrounds getting premature contractions. In both cases, the moms– who were hugely pregnancy and caring for demanding toddlers and being incredible all-around– had just forgotten to drink water. In both cases, the contractions stopped when they sat down in a cool place and drank water.
I’ve written about this before, confessing that I’m an atrocious water-drinker and needed to do all manner of tricks on myself to make sure to get the water down when I was pregnant. But I’m posting today because I just picked my kids up from camp in New York and it’s like the inside of a hair dryer out there. The heat is just mowing people down.
If this is the case where you are, here’s my advice:
- Plant yourself in front of the A/C
- Take off as many clothes as is appropriate for the location
- Put your feet up
- Drink water
- Eat ice-cream
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