Hasn’t the whether been crazy so far this year. One day hot the next cool and rainy.
I normally love the hot whether. Mixing the Australian heat and pregnancy, can be exhausting especially now that I am 30 weeks pregnant.
I find myself sitting in front of the TV in the evenings with my feet submerged in a bucket of ice water. It feels amazing and removes the swelling and aching from my poor feet.
Once again I have resorted to the trusty Internet to find some other much needed pointers on how to cope with the hot whether while pregnant.
-Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere.
-Avoid wearing synthetic fabrics, as they tend to heat up quickly. Wearing loose fitting cotton clothing is best as cotton allows the skin to breath.
-Stay out of the direct sun when possible. Pregnant women can over heat easily. Once you over heat- so will your baby.
-Wear comfortable flexible shoes. Avoid heals or constricting shoes such as sandals with too many straps as the feet tend to swell in the heat.
-Avoid heavy exercise midday.
-Exercise early morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.
-Avoid extended periods of standing.
-Avoid hot rooms for extended periods such as Kitchens.
-Use air conditioners, fans where possible. Keep your rooms ventilated to encourage air- flow.
-Lastly try to get plenty of sleep.
I hope these pointers help. They all make perfect sense, however sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives running from pilar to post that we forget to look after ourselves.
Find below 2 resources, which you might find helpful, for further reading on the topic: