5 Summer Survival Tips for Surviving Pregnancy During Summer In North Texas

It’s hard to prepare for the physical transformation that pregnancy brings to your body. It starts with morning sickness and an expanding waistline, but your condition gradually affects every part of your body.

One of the earliest changes you’ll notice is feeling warmer than normal. During pregnancy, your blood volume increases 30-50% to support the placenta, which supplies oxygen and nutrients to your unborn baby. The increased blood volume results in a higher basal body temperature throughout your pregnancy.

While the prospect of feeling warmer than usual in the scorching summer months may seem overwhelming, you can beat the heat if you take the right precautions. The physicians at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates in Plano, Texas, have decades of experience helping pregnant women stay healthy in the North Texas heat. Follow their tips for summer survival to protect yourself and your baby as temperatures rise.

Keep Cool

It’s important to limit the amount of time you’re exposed to high temperatures. Since pregnancy elevates your normal body temperature, you’re more susceptible to overheating. The following tips can help you maintain a comfortable body temperature even on the hottest days:

Stay Hydrated

When you’re pregnant, you need more water than an average person. Water contributes to the formation of the placenta and the amniotic sac. It can also help regulate your body heat.

Staying well-hydrated also helps you avoid dehydration, a condition in which you lose water faster than you’re consuming it. In hot weather, you can become dehydrated from sweating too much. Dehydration in pregnancy can result in serious complications and possibly premature labor.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends that you drink about 10-12 cups of water daily during pregnancy. All beverages count toward your fluid intake, though it’s best to limit beverages high in sugar, such as soft drinks. You’re likely drinking enough fluids if you don’t feel thirsty and have pale yellow or colorless urine.

Protect Your Skin

During pregnancy, you’re more likely to have skin conditions that can worsen in the summer. You may notice that your stretched skin feels dry or flaky from lack of moisture. You may also develop a heat rash where two surfaces rub together, such as under your breasts or between your upper thighs. If you’re a brunette or have a darker complexion, you may develop dark melanin patches on your forehead or cheeks.

Try the following precautions to prevent these conditions from adding to your discomfort:

Dress for the Heat

You can reduce the effects of the heat by dressing in fabrics and styles that allow adequate air flow. Enjoying the summer heat means you don’t have to pile layers of clothing on your growing body. Follow these tips when choosing your summer wardrobe:

Pace Yourself

Being pregnant in any season means hard work for your body. On a sweltering North Texas summer day, your body exerts even more effort to stay healthy. Don’t risk the well-being of yourself and your baby by trying to do it all. Pace yourself with these summertime suggestions:

You can have a healthy pregnancy in any weather if you take the right precautions. Make sure you’re doing all you can to support your changing body this summer. Call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today.

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