Pregnancy can leave you sweaty, even on the coolest days. The extra weight, the hormones, the slightly higher body temperature all contribute to more perspiration.
As if that wasn’t enough, another hot and humid Florida summer is upon us. Whether you’re sporting a small second-trimester bump or are ready to give birth any minute, doctors at Women’s Care Florida suggest pregnant women try out these techniques to stay cool in Florida weather:
Drink Plenty of Fluids
When you sweat a lot, your body quickly loses fluids it needs, leading to dehydration. Talk to your doctor about how much water you should drink throughout the day since dehydration can raise your risk for preterm labor. Keep a bottle of cool water with you all day to stay hydrated, lower your body temperature and improve your summer health. You know you are drinking enough when your urine is pale yellow or clear.
Just Avoid the Heat
Staying in air-conditioned spaces is the best way to stay cool, especially when temperatures soar over 90 degrees. If you love the beach and can’t stay away, we suggest visiting in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler and the sun is less intense. Avoid being outside between 10 am and 4 pm. When you are outdoors, seek shade or stay under a beach umbrella.
Choose a Cool Wardrobe
A summer pregnancy does not mean you need to cover up your bump with lots of layers. Light-colored, loose clothing can help you stay cool and prevent the discomfort of clothes sticking to your body. Breathable dresses in cotton or linen are some of the best choices to keep you comfortable on Florida summer days.
Cool ocean or pool water can help you lower your body temperature and avoid feeling sweaty. The water can also help make your bump more buoyant, relieving strain on your back and muscles. Sporting a one-or-two-piece bathing suit also helps more of your skin be exposed to the air, which can wick away sweat more quickly. Just make sure to use plenty of sunscreen, we suggest SPF 35 or higher.
If you don’t have access to a beach or pool, taking frequent cold showers is a good alternative to stay cool and get rid of excess sweat.
Enjoy a Fruit Smoothie
An icy fruit smoothie has three big benefits: it cools you down, keeps you hydrated and can help you get the important nutrients you and your baby need. For even more pregnancy nutrition benefits, mix in a little kale, spinach or Greek yogurt. You may also find that eating smaller, lighter meals helps you stay cooler. For instance, instead of three normal meals, you may choose to have five smaller ones spread throughout the day.
Have more questions about maternity health? Click here to reach out to an OB/GYN at Women’s Care Florida to make sure you’re in tip-top shape for summer.