Keeping your cool during pregnancy: top tips to beat the heat
This summer is hot. Really hot. And if you’re pregnant, you’re probably feeling it even more than usual, so I’ve consulted an expert in pregnancy care to bring you some tips to help ensure you’re keeping your cool during pregnancy.
1. Keep hydrated
When it’s hot outdoors, dehydration can come easily to pregnant women. Drink plenty of water, especially if you are active or outside in the elements. Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water to make it tasty.
2. Take extra care when exercising
Jaime Leigh Hawkins, doula from This Is What I Doula, from Western Sydney, says it’s healthy for baby and mum to keep exercising during pregnancy, but says pick your timing carefully. “Save your exercise for the early morning or late afternoon or evening,” she says. “It’s usually cooler at these times.” It’s also important to ensure you don’t exercise to the point of overheating, and to check with your healthcare provider on the best ways to exercise during your pregnancy.
3. Dress for comfort
The clothes you wear can impact on your comfort levels. “Wear light, breathable clothing,” recommends Jaime. Aside from your comfort, breathable fabrics will help to prevent sweating and common heat rashes.
4. Keep some armoury
I personally vouch for this one. For my first baby, I booked a beautiful baby shower high tea. Outdoors. In February. It was over 40 degrees Celsius and if I didn’t have a misting water bottle or the ice-filled glove our host kept replacing, I don’t know how I would have survived. A small hand-held fan is handy for keeping some air flow on the stuffiest of days, too.
5. Get wet!
“Swimming is not only great exercise for pregnant women, it’s a good way to keep cool, too,” says Jaime. A dip in the pool can also provide some women with relief from pain caused by their sciatic nerve.
Keeping your cool during your pregnancy shoot
If you’ve been thinking about capturing this precious time but you’re worried about having outdoor portraits taken in the heat, consider allowing me to capture that beautiful bump in the comfort of my beautiful air-conditioned home studio. I’ll ensure there’s plenty of water on-hand, and we’ll take plenty of rest breaks along the way.