ARTICLE by Natalie Brown

7 ways to keep cool during pregnancy

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If you’re in the midst of pregnancy during the summer months, it’s likely that you’re already experiencing some uncomfortable moments in the heat.

Yet it’s not a reason to worry. An elevated temperature isn’t a cause for concern for most mamas-to-be as there are many factors that can increase body temperature including hormonal changes, increased blood flow and the warmth generated by a foetus.

However, with the arrival of the UK heatwave, it is important to know how to stay cool when temperatures start to rise to combat an already warmer, pregnancy body. So, we’ve researched some of the best tips for cooling down, to help you stay comfortable and prevent you overheating.

1. Keep hydrated

It seems obvious to keep drinking fluids in the heat however, it can be easy to overlook the intake of water when we’re not necessarily thirsty. Replenishing your body with water helps to combat any water lost through sweating, which is the body’s way of cooling down. Experts recommend pregnant women drink 8-12 glasses of water each day so, if you’re pregnant make sure to have a glass or bottle of water close by wherever you go.

2. Wear breathable clothing

During the last few months of pregnancy, it may seem counter intuitive to stop wearing those supportive belly bands however as the body starts to swell in the heat, it will be far more comfortable to ditch the spandex and wear soft, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. It’s especially important to wear comfortable clothes during the night-time too as this is when hormonal changes in pregnancy intensify the body's predisposition to heat. Natural materials like merino wool and cotton will be better at temperature regulating over synthetic materials but as everyone’s pregnancy is different, make sure to wear – or not wear - whatever you feel most comfortable in!

3. Water-based exercises

It’s important to not 'overdo it' when it comes to exercise, especially in the heat however, if you’re near to a local pool or clean body of water it’s great to exercise in these cool surroundings. Aquatic exercises also possess lots of benefits such as helping to build strength and endurance without exerting too much stress on the body. It’s a great whole-body workout while increasing circulation, and even provides relief from swelling.

4. Rest and recovery

Sleep is even more precious when pregnant as it helps the body relax and rest - after all, you are making a human in there! Many of us can agree, pregnant or not, that an increase in temperature can make us sleepy so, listen to your body and take naps when needed. Making sure your sleep space is cool and comfortable is equally important too, so in the warmer weather, keep curtains and blinds closed throughout the day to help create a cool sleeping environment. Investing in a good fan can also alleviate the soaring temperatures in a non-air conditioned space, as well as opting for cool bedding such as a sheet rather than a duvet.

5. Stay in shaded areas

Some pregnant mamas find that their skin is more sensitive to the sun, so they need to be even more careful than usual. Experts advise that to protect skin from strong sunlight, use breathable clothing and a wide-brimmed hat as well as seeking shade where possible. 

5. Keep to light food

In typical British fashion, hot weather usually brings out the summer BBQS. While it's ok to tuck into hot food when pregnant, be careful that the menu consists of thoroughly cooked meat as to avoid food poisoning. Avoid anything that's been hanging around for a while and anything deemed spicy, not only will this prevent any illness in the heat, it will keep your body temperature down too. Instead, stick to salad-based meals, or other 'cooling' foods like veggies and fruit as they are also high in water content!

7. Hands and feet relief

Keeping your wrists and feet nice and cold is a great way to keep the rest of your body cool. You can use anything from a bowl, to a children's paddling pool to keep at your disposal for some cold water nearby. Simply fill it up with cool water, and enjoy relaxing with a book or watching TV. This is an especially great hack if you already have one or more little ones in the home, as they will love it just as much as you do! 

Another, more indoor-friendly hack is to pop your socks in the freezer for about half an hour. Once you put them back on your feet will be lovely and cool for a while - just make sure not to forget about them!

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