As soon as summer arrives in Kuwait people head straight to the beach/pools. I for one love it but have noticed that the summer heat this year is a bit unbearable even if you are in the water. Mommies to be have to be extra careful. Extra weight in pregnancy along with an increased blood supply whizzing around your body ups your temperature. Combine this with long sunny days and you might find yourself one HOT mama!
Here are a few ways to keep you and your bump cool this summer.
Keep Hydrated, It is really important to drink lots of water. Drink little and often to stop yourself getting dehydrated. Avoid fizzy drinks as they can give you heartburn.
Stay Shady, Keep out of the sun between 10am and 4pm as this is when it’s at its hottest. Wear a sun hat with a wide brim to shade your face and head and most importantly listen to your body as you’ll know when your feeling the heat the most.
Choose Cotton, Go for loose fitting clothes. Cotton or linen will keep you cool.
Slather Lotion, changes in your hormone levels can make your skin super sensitive, so you may find you tan much more easily. Sun lotions are safe to use during pregnancy. Choose one with an SPF of 30 or more and apply it regularly. Small doses of sun is good to boost your vitamin D levels, but have it in moderation.
5 signs that you should watch out for:
- You start to feel all wobbly and dizzy.
- A headache comes on and refuses to go away.
- Even the simplest tasks get you feeling confused.
- You start to sweat more than often.
- You experience nausea or vomiting that’s different from your normal morning sickness.
*If you start to suffer these symptoms get yourself into the shade, and have a glass of water, sipping it slowly. If the feeling persists when you’re out of the sun and well-hydrated contact your doctors immediately.
Source: Parenting Magazine