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Summer Pregnancy: Precautions for a Healthy Journey

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with anticipation and joy. However, as the summer heat approaches, it’s essential for expecting mothers to take extra precautions to ensure a healthy and comfortable experience for themselves and their babies.

  1. Stay Hydrated
One of the most crucial precautions during summer pregnancy is staying hydrated. Dehydration can lead to various complications, so it’s essential to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle handy, and aim to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  1. Keep Cool

Pregnant women are more prone to overheating, especially in hot weather. To stay cool, opt for lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from breathable fabrics like cotton. Stay indoors during peak sun hours, and use fans or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature.

  1. Protect Your Skin

The sun’s UV rays can be harmful, particularly during pregnancy when the skin is more sensitive. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF, preferably SPF 30 or higher, and reapply it every few hours, especially if you’re spending time outdoors.

  1. Eat Nutritious Foods

A healthy diet is crucial during pregnancy, and this becomes even more important in hot weather. Opt for light, nutritious meals rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Avoid heavy or spicy foods that can cause discomfort, and stay away from unpasteurized dairy products and undercooked meats.

  1. Monitor Swelling

Swelling, or edema, is common during pregnancy, and it can worsen in hot weather. To reduce swelling, elevate your feet whenever possible, avoid sitting or standing for long periods, and wear comfortable, supportive footwear.

  1. Take Breaks

Listen to your body and take breaks as needed. Avoid overexertion, especially in hot and humid conditions. If you need to be outdoors, take frequent breaks in shaded areas, and stay hydrated.

  1. Attend Regular Check-ups

Regular prenatal check-ups are essential to monitor both your health and the baby’s development.

Along with the warmth of the season, comes the need for extra precautions to ensure a healthy and comfortable experience for both mother and baby. Each pregnancy is unique, so it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance and recommendations.

Dr. Lakshmi Ammal

Consultant Gynaecologist

SUT Hospital, Pattom