Cooling Off From A Summer Pregnancy
Posted on July 30, 2014 by Jeffrey A. Kasky
Have you heard of the phrase “dog days of summer?” It actually refers to the sultry time between July 3 and August 11, when the heat can become unbearable. For many pregnant women, the heat can become intolerable since they are carrying around extra weight. Add hormone fluctuations and you definitely need some ideas to beat the heat.
Other than staying indoors and hugging the air conditioner 100% of the time, here’s some ideas to keep your cool:
• You could be chilling with a cold compress on your neck. Simply put a wet washcloth in the freezer and when it’s cold, place it on your neck or forehead. Then put your feet up and relax for a minute … your baby will appreciate the break too. On the move? Try wet face wipes,
• Have you seen those hand-held fans with misters? If you have to be outside, keep one in your purse. Also, you may want to have a larger fan pointed right at you while you are sleeping.
• If you have any yard work or planting to do, early morning or late evening are the best times.
• Even though you already feel like a fish with all the water you are consuming, pregnant women need to drink even more! “The normal recommendation is eight to 10 glasses of water daily for expectant women, but be aware that during very hot and humid weather, you may need even more,” writes Jennifer Santiago of Babyzone.”Stay hydrated at all times. Don’t like water? Try lemonade or juices.
• The thought of cooking in the heat may turn your stomach. Think about lighter meals more frequently, such as refreshing salads or protein slushees. Try and minimize salt intake because it will cause water retention and make your “cankles” even bigger! Also, the barbeque grill is a great alternative to the oven.
• Have you thought about a new mom cut that is shorter and carefree? Long hair can be beautiful but takes a lot of work. Because time will be of the premium after the baby is born, forego the lengthy blow drying and styling.
• Although you’re probably already wearing maternity clothes, wear something lightweight and breathable (cotton versus polyester). They make really cute sundresses for pregnant women!If you have to go out, wear a hat with a wide brim.
• Fill a children’s baby pool with cold water and dip your feet. You can even fill the bottom with marbles for a foot massage. Gently roll the soles of your feet over the marbles, trying to pick them up with your toes. This will both relax and exercise your feet muscles. To avoid slipping, do make sure you are sitting down before you dip your feet into a tub full of marbles! Also, have a towel handy so you can wipe your feet.
The good news? Before you know it the summer will be over and hopefully your baby will be here soon.
About The Author:
Jeffrey A. Kasky, Esq. is a Florida adoption lawyer and Vice President of One World Adoption Services, Inc., a Florida-licensed not-for-profit child placing agency. Jeff’s diverse career experiences include co-authoring the book, “99 Things You Wish You Knew Before … Choosing Adoption” with Robert A. Kasky, Florida-certified law enforcement officer, and involvement in the autism community, including a TV show focused on helping families with legal issues related to autism called “Spectrum at Law” on The Autism Channel. A practicing attorney since 1995, he has worked on more than one thousand adoption cases.