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7 Tips for Surviving a Maryland Summer While Pregnant

Humidity and heat make summer an especially tough time when you’re pregnant. But with the right strategies, you can make the days comfortable without having to stay inside next to a fan or air conditioner.

Extra weight, stress, morning sickness, and bulky maternity clothes can make summer extra challenging. At Capital Women’s Care, we’ll help you survive the summer months of Maryland!

Use these tips to stay cool and happy, even while enduring the sticky, sweaty July and August days.

1.     Time your outdoor events

If you have chores or moderate exercise to do outside, go early in the morning or late in the evening. These times of day are cooler and keep you from getting excessive sun exposure. If temperatures exceed 90 degrees, plan indoor events.

2.     Wear sunscreen

Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher if you’re going to be outside, too. Sunlight’s ultraviolet rays can cause dark splotches on your face or arms during pregnancy. If you can, get into a shady spot — bring an umbrella or wide-brimmed hat to the beach or pool.

3.     Avoid heat rash

The combination of heat and sweat can lead to an uncomfortable heat rash, especially in the folds of your skin. Thoroughly dry these areas, such as under your breasts or between your arms and torso, after you get out of the pool or shower. You may need a powder (we can recommend a safe one to use) or medicated lotion to keep the areas rash-free.

Wear light-textured clothing, such as cotton, that doesn’t stick to your body and exacerbate the discomfort and friction that contributes to the rash.

4.     Stay hydrated

Hydration is essential when you’re pregnant. Drink plenty of water or other fluids — at least eight glasses per day. Consider an electrolyte drink to replace lost salt and keep you from becoming dehydrated. Dehydration can put you at risk of preterm labor.

5.     Water yourself

Carry a spray bottle filled with water to spritz your face and body if you start feeling overheated. Jump in a cool shower as often as you need to; this can bring your body temperature down.

If you have access to a pool, take advantage of it. You have extra buoyancy, so you release the pressure on your legs and ankles caused by the extra weight of pregnancy. Plus, water exercise helps you stay fit during pregnancy without overheating.

6.     Avoid risky summer sports

Enjoy outdoor activity, such as swimming or walks, but avoid those that put you at a risk of a fall or trauma to your belly. Horseback riding, volleyball, and waterskiing are just no-nos while you’re pregnant.

7.     Pick smart clothes

Loose-fitting clothes made from light fabrics keep you cool and comfortable. Linen, cotton, and silk are good choices. Clothing that stretches as your belly expands keeps you comfortable, too.

Choose light colors, such as pastels and whites. Because they don’t hold in heat, they help keep you cool.

And don’t forget to come in for your regular appointments even during the summer months. At Capital Women’s Care, we’ll help you experience the healthiest pregnancy possible. If you’re in Silver Spring or Laurel, call our office or request an appointment here on our website for expert prenatal care any time of year.

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