Surviving a summer pregnancy in Central Texas
Being pregnant in the summer is no walk in the park, especially in Central Texas.
During the warmer months especially, pregnant women are at risk for dehydration and heat exhaustion (which can lead to heat stroke). The most common signs of heat exhaustion include headache, dizziness, pale skin, profuse sweating, weakness and fainting. Women experiencing symptoms that last longer than one hour should seek immediate medical treatment.
Here are some quick and easy solutions you can do to help you get yourself through those hot summer days and nights:
- Carry a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day to remain hydrated. Experts recommend pregnant women drink about 10 eight-ounce cups of water each day.
- Go for a swim. Swimming is a great low-impact exercise.
- Avoid spending an extended amount of time out in the sun. Use a high SPF sunscreen.
- Keep your feet elevated to reduce swelling.
- Refrain from eating hot meals on a hot day. Stick to salads and refrigerated fruits and vegetables.
- Reduce your sodium intake to ease inflammation and swelling.
- Schedule your walks and outdoor activities in the morning (or evening).
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes.
- Carry a spray bottle of ice water with you at all times.
- Invest in a portable fan.
- Wear lightweight and breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and silk.
To speak with a member of our team at the Women’s Center here at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights, call 254- 680- 6339.