5 Summer Pregnancy Comfort Tips

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Being pregnant is hard enough no matter what the season. But add the summer heat and it can be uncomfortable. Never fear, there are several ways to cope with the heat and stay comfortable.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  1. Drink Fluids
    Drink at least 8 cups (64 ounces) of water daily—especially in the summer months. Water is necessary to carry nutrition to your baby, flush waste from your system, and keep your skin soft. Being properly hydrated also helps your body keep cool, fight constipation and decrease water retention.

  2. Take a Swim or Water Exercise Class
    Check with the Park District or YMCA for their pool schedule. Not only does swimming cool you off, it helps take some of the pressure off the sciatic nerve. Water aerobics also is a low-to-no-impact way to strengthen and stretch your muscles while keeping cool. Always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise program.

  3. Take a Cool Bath
    Grab your favorite book and hang out in the tub for a while. A cool or warm (no warmer than 100 degrees) bath will help reduce your body's temperature—and honestly, a bath just feels good.

  4. Eat Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    Most of us already know just how important the nutrients in these foods are when eating during pregnancy, and fruits and vegetables are plentiful during the summer. Summer provides a whole crop of delicious ways to nurture your growing baby and give you more energy.

  5. Reduce Sodium Intake
    A common problem in summer pregnancies is feet swelling. Reducing your salt intake will help prevent swelling, but don't eliminate salt from your diet completely as it contains iodide which is essential to the health of the baby-to-be. Keep your legs elevated for at least 30 minutes a day and while sleeping by placing a rolled-up towel or blanket under your mattress at the foot of the bed.

Enjoy your pregnancy and don't let the heat bring you down!

SwedishAmerican Obstetrician & Gynecologist Candace Gates, MD, sees patients at SwedishAmerican OB/GYN at the Ninth Street Center in Rockford. To make an appointment, please call (779) 696-2750.