Manage the heat with these simple tips and stay cool this summer. During pregnancy, your core temperature is slightly higher than normal due to fluctuating hormones and increased blood volume. Add into the mix a hot and humid day and you can quickly become uncomfortable. Here are some tips on trying to stay cool, especially if you don’t have air con!
Keep cool while you’re pregnant:
- Maybe its time to try out your local community pool or even an aqua natal exercise class, followed by a cool drink! Don’t forget to slip, slop, slap if its an outdoor pool.
- Your skin can be more sensitive in pregnancy, so keep in the shade as much as possible to stay cool. Keep your skin covered and make sure to wear a wide-brimmed hat.
- Stay hydrated! Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty, instead, drink 2 glasses with each meal and lots of extras when you feel you need it. Try a Hydralyte or equivalent to replace those electrolytes quickly when you need to.
- Wear cotton clothes, especially underwear and pjs to try and avoid those night sweats and keep cool in bed.
- Try to do outdoor tasks early in the morning and the late afternoon, if at all possible.
Keep cool with your baby:
- Dress baby in lightweight fabrics. Babies tend to sweat more and as the sweat evaporates it helps to cool them – sometimes a nappy and a singlet are all you need.
- Don’t cover the whole pram with a wrap to try to keep your baby cool and dark if he/she is sleeping. You must have air circulation, so make sure there are gaps for the hot air to escape and cool air to enter.
- Breastfeeding can be even more challenging in the heat and baby can be uncomfortable and reluctant to feed if you are hot. Try a cool washer between you both to keep cool. A cotton wrap works well too.
- Babies don’t need anything other than breastmilk/formula milk but they may demand more feeds if they are thirsty.
- Try sitting in a shady spot and dipping their legs in the pool. It will help you both to keep cool and feel lovely and refreshing.