Some things you can plan for and others…let’s just say no one wants to be pregnant in 100 degree heat. Moms-to-be can get extra hot (and we’re not talking Hot) due to extra blood flow causing higher-than-normal body temperatures. Add on 10, 20, 30 pounds and you’ve got a hot-and-bothered lady. Besides staying in a cool place, there are some tips–some that I’ve used myself–that women with child can use to stay cool.
Less Salt, Please – It may seem obvious, but reducing your salt intake will help prevent swelling. Don’t eliminate it completely though as it contains iodide, which is essential to the health of the baby-to-be.
Remove Your Bling – Fingers are one of the first places a mama-to-be swells and heat doesn’t help matters. At the first signs of swelling, remove your rings so they don’t have to be cut off. Yes, this happens.
Take A Dip in a Pool– A jump in the pool will not only cool you off, but it takes some of the pressure off of the sciatic nerve and allows you to feel weightless.
Swing Ya Rag – You know the washcloth that your hubby or bro carries everywhere on sweltering days? Yeah, you’ll need one for yourself. Placing a cool, damp washcloth on the neck or forehead will help bring the body temperature down and reduce sweating.