Pregnant during the summer and monsoon months

Posted by Lachmi Deb Roy on Sun, May 1, 2011  
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During pregnancy the internal body temperature is a little higher than normal. This works as an advantage during the winter months, but does not work quite as well during the summer and monsoon months. Internal heat and external heat both put together makes pregnancy uncomfortable during these months. Here are some ways to beat the heat.


*Choose a cool space

During those muggiest months try to stay in an air-conditioned space. It is again not right move in and out of cool spaces. Adjusting to changes of temperature is not good for the health. So make it a point to switch off the ac five minutes before you leave the room.


*Drink plenty of water

Don’t keep your self thirsty. Keep your self well hydrated. You can drink water, juice, coconut water, buttermilk or milk. Every hour head for a glass of fluid. Drinking water is the best way to keep your self hydrated and staying cool during the summer months. Water helps the important organs of the body to function properly. During pregnancy one needs extra water for healthy blood cells and for rehydrating tissues. Dehydration during pregnancy can cause water retention, dizziness, nausea and cramps. So keep a track on the colour of the urine to make sure that you are drinking enough water. If the colour of your urine is pale then you are drinking enough water, if it is dark then you need to drink more water.


*Wear comfortable clothes

Wear cotton clothes through. Do not wear synthetic dresses that cling to the body because that will make you feel all the more uncomfortable. Wear loose flowing clothes.


*Skin protection

Use a sunscreen lotion before you go out in the sun because pigmentation is very common during pregnancy. Take precaution because there is a tendency to get a lot of ugly blotchy skin so always so always use a higher SPF factor cream during pregnancy.


*Don’t over strain your self

Listen to the internal signals of your body. If you feel tired and drained out then take rest. If you feel uneasy and low it is your body’s way of telling that it is time to take rest.











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