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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.

Recommendations are:

-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:

http://www.healthbodyfit.com/5-2-Pregnant_safety_during_hot_weather.html
http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=52172

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  1. I found this particularly useful, I am pregnant with our second child (13 weeks), and am feeling the heat already, so thank you 🙂

    Jen - December 13 / 2010 / 4:25 pm
  2. Hi Jen,

    Thank you for your comment. I definitely know how you feel and I do recommend you soaking your feet in a bucket of ice water next time you feel the heat.

    Tracey
    x

    Cake Lingerie - December 13 / 2010 / 4:30 pm
  3. Thanks for the tips at nearly 35weeks preggas i have honnestly “lost my ankles”!!!! if ya find them please let me know 😛

    Jasmene - December 13 / 2010 / 6:16 pm
  4. Not too long to go Jasmene, how exciting!

    I find that by the end of the day my feet are swollen and aching and not so much my ankles, it would help if I too could see them and reach them.

    Tracey
    x

    Tracey - December 14 / 2010 / 10:16 am