It's hot! Normally you're very happy about this, but now you're slightly worried. Being pregnant and carrying around that big belly, makes the summer days a bit less desirable. How do you survive the summer pregnant? We give you tips!
Before we give tips for surviving the summer pregnant, it might be useful to first explain what the heat does to your body. When it's warm outside, your body temperature actually wants to rise as well. To lose that extra heat, your body will sweat and your blood vessels in your skin will open up more as the blood flow increases. The evaporation of the sweat causes your body to cool down. All that sweating causes you to lose a lot of moisture. You will have to replenish this moisture (with enough water), if you don't want to dry out. Because blood partly consists of water and the water evaporates from your body when it is warm, the blood in your body decreases if you don't replenish enough fluid. Your heart will pump harder so that all organs get enough blood (and therefore oxygen and nutrients). Is there too little blood available for the organs, because the blood already goes to the blood vessels? Then you may suffer from dizziness, a light feeling in your head and headaches.
Does my baby feel the heat?You know the feeling, the heat is devastating. At least that's how it feels sometimes. That can't be good for the baby, you think. But luckily the little one doesn't notice the summer heat, as long as you replenish your body with enough fluids. If you don't do this, your baby may be born with an abnormality, you are more likely to have a miscarriage and less blood will flow to your baby, causing him or her to take in less nutrients and develop less well. It can also cause premature birth or the production of too little amniotic fluid.
Stuck at home in this heatWe'll admit: being pregnant is not easy. Let alone that you have to get through the days in +25 °C. You're on maternity leave, you're at home all day and you have to spend the rest of the day in this warm house. Maybe now is the time to finally buy the air conditioning you've thinking about? And otherwise a fan, which is a bit more affordable, but which is very welcome as well! Keep all the windows, door and curtains in the house closed. Do you have shutters? Leave them down to keep all the heat out. You will survive these hot summer days being pregnant! Follow these tips and you'll be all right! Enjoy your pregnancy and this sunny weather! ☀
Having a look at your little one during a hot summer night?
Our tips against the heat
- Drink, drink, drink
- The more water, the better
- A cool house
- Keep it light
- Sun block to the rescue!
- Minimize the salt
- Buy a swimsuit
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