Being pregnant is never really easy—you’re growing a person after all! Add summer heat to the mix, and being pregnant might seem impossible. It can be uncomfortable, to say the least. If you’re preparing for a hot Southern summer while pregnant, here are some things you might not expect.
You’ll Be Hot––All the Time.
If you’re pregnant, you have a lot more blood in your body than usual. That’s what’s making you feel so much warmer than most people! In order for your body to handle all the extra blood, your blood vessels dilate slightly. This brings blood closer to the surface of your skin, making it feel warm to the touch. Add that intense Alabama sun, and you’ll be pretty toasty.
Your Feet and Ankles Will Swell
Most people’s hands and feet swell in the heat, even when they aren’t pregnant. When you are pregnant, however, you have a lot of extra fluid in your body. Plus, the pressure of your growing uterus can cause extra swelling in your feet and ankles. You might not be able to get into those cute sandals you bought, but stretching often, staying indoors when you can, and avoiding standing for long periods of time can all help minimize swelling.
You’ll Sweat, a Lot.
You’ve probably gathered by this point that it’s going to be an extra hot summer for you. When you’re pregnant, no body part can escape sweat—you’ll sweat in places you never knew could sweat. Why? Because your blood volume increases by 40-50% when you’re pregnant. Not to mention, your metabolism is working for two now! Your body is doing its best to cool you off, which means more sweat. It’s a good thing, even if it’s gross or inconvenient.
Dressing Comfortably Won’t be as Easy.
It’s easy to dress up your bump in the winter. Heck, some of your oversized sweaters might even still fit! You can wear lots of cute layers to get bundled up. In the summer, though, simply getting dressed isn’t so simple anymore. You’re already much hotter than usual, so when spring is over, and summer comes in full force, dressing comfortably can be difficult. The best thing you can do is choose your fabrics wisely! It makes a huge difference. Choose light, breathable fabrics that you can layer—that way, you can easily add or remove clothing throughout the day.
You’ll Sunburn More Easily
Sun protection is always important, and you shouldn’t ever skip sunscreen—but that’s even more important when you’re pregnant. Melanocytes, cells that produce pigment, are in overdrive when you’re pregnant—which makes your skin much more sensitive. Make sure you go out with at least SPF 30, and get a formula that protects against both UVA and UVB. A stylish wide-brimmed hat never hurt anyone either!
Exercising Outdoors Might not be an Option
One of the reasons we love summer so much is all the fun outdoor activities we get to enjoy! But when it’s really hot or extra humid, exercising outdoors might not be safe for you. General exercise is great for pregnant women—it can help you feel better overall, help prepare your body for birth, and help your mood. But try to keep the exercising indoors to avoid overheating.
You Could Overheat
Speaking of overheating, you’re much more likely to overheat while pregnant. In fact, if a pregnant woman’s body temperature reaches over 102 degrees for a period longer than 10 minutes, there could be serious consequences for you and your baby. Stick to the shade and stay out of hot tubs.
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