Summer temperatures in Chennai can easily rise up to 40°C or higher! Your body temperature is already a bit higher than normal when you are pregnant. Your body also has fifty percent more blood circulating during this time. Your basal metabolism is also heightened so you tend to sweat a lot to bring down the body temperature.
All this means it might be a bit uncomfortable to get pregnant during summer.
We give you 10 simple tips for you to have a great summer pregnancy
- Stay indoors as much as possible. If you need to get out, do so in the cooler parts of the day (in the morning or the evening).
- Try to exercise indoors and do not have a very strenuous exercise routine. Go for yoga or any other form of exercise that does not tire you much.
- During pregnancy your skin is extra sensitive. Wear cool, airy clothing. Tight fitting clothes will cause more sweating and you may develop prickly heat or rash. Wear clothes in lighter shades.
- Take showers to stay cool. Swimming is a great way to both staying cool and staying fit. Always wear sunscreen when outdoors.
- Place a wet cloth on your forehead to help cool down your body.
- Water isn’t enough. It is necessary to drink fluids with electrolytes. Natural sugarless or low sugar fruit juices, such as lime mint or musumbi juice, coconut water and buttermilk are wonderful low fat coolants for your body.
- Avoid diuretic substances or liquids that cause dehydration in your body such as coffee or tea.
- Include water rich vegetables like pumpkin or cucumber and fruits like watermelon. A fiber rich diet including a lot of vegetable, and salad will help prevent constipation.
- The practice of simply watching your breath is a great way to relax, and cool yourself down during pregnancy. Try doing this for at least half an hour a day.
- Take short naps through out the day or simply lie down from time to time. Make sure your body has enough rest in summer.
Things to watch out for during summer
If you are experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea, fever or contractions they may all be due to a heat stroke. In which case immediate care needs to be given and a doctor’s intervention may be necessary. At Indigo Womens center we have doctors round the clock so get in touch with us immediately
Low levels of water in the body can lead to overheating because water is essential for body heat regulation. Since you sweat more during pregnancy you have to drink more water to keep your body fluid levels balanced.
Though staying in air conditioning is good to keep your body temperature low it also dehydrates you.
You can tell if you are dehydrated by the color of your urine. If your urine is more a yellow straw color than a clear color it means your water intake is not enough.
Your blood volume is increased during pregnancy so, drinking a lot of water during the day will prevent constipation.
Symptoms of dehydration include body overheating, burning sensation during urination, dizziness and fatigue.
A heat stroke or dehydration during pregnancy can be very dangerous for you and your baby. So, care should be taken to keep yourself safe during summer.
For a stress-free and enjoyable pregnancy and a memorable birthing experience, get in touch with us ,Indigo Women’s Center has a wonderful team of doctors and care-givers to help support you through out your pregnancy.