Surviving Summer Pregnancy 101

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The good news is that you are expecting!  Yay!!  You just cannot wait for the little munchkin to make his or her entrance!!  You have already gotten the nursery ready and bought all the cute outfits the little one could ever want.  

But wait.... before that, you must endure this thing called.. SUMMER!  

Summer weather can be quite ruthless, especially in areas such as Texas, Arizona and New Mexico, where highs can reach triple digits.  While it's important to take precautions in any weather and any geographical location, it is especially important to do so in summer and in areas prone to extreme heat.

So what are some things to do to ensure that you have an easier (ok.. I really mean tolerable) summer pregnancy?  Having gone through a summer pregnancy myself, here are some tips from my own personal experience:
  • Stay hydrated.  Drink plenty of fluids and always carry a bottle of water with   you whenever you are out and about.


                          
  • Munch on watermelons or popsicles when drinking just water gets tiresome.

  • Cut down on the salt.  Stay away from salty foods as this will also help reduce swelling.

  • Elevate your feet as much as possible.  Again, this will help with swelling around the ankles.

                 
     
  • Wear comfortable shoes, especially if you are working and have to be on your feet for most of your work day.  Compression stockings may also help with swelling in such situations, and can be found at your local pharmacy or a medical supply store.

  • Wear lighter fabrics and looser clothing.  For obvious reasons.

  • Use sunscreen if you are planning on being outside.  Choose cooler times such as early mornings or late evenings to do  outdoor activities such as gardening or walking.

  • Malls and movie theaters are cooler alternatives to doing outdoor activities, especially in the afternoon when it might be the hottest.

                  

  • Take short naps through out the day just so you feel refreshed and less stressed.

  • Try not to do too many chores such as cooking or cleaning, especially if you are further along your pregnancy.  Pace yourself and do maybe one or two items each day to keep yourself from tiring out.

  • Use a cool damp washcloth to keep your body cool, if needed.

                   

  • And last but not least, consider taking off your rings before they get too tight and uncomfortable.  As much as I liked to think that I could continue wearing my wedding band till D-Day, it just got to a point where I had to admit defeat and accept the fact that my fingers were looking more and more like tiny sausages with each passing week, and less like an anatomical feature. 


Again, these are just some things I did as I tried to survive a summer pregnancy. Please feel free to comment if you did something totally different that seemed to help you more.  

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Take care and happy pregnancy!

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  • Anita Koppuzhayil
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