Try following these tips during the intense heat of the early afternoon:
- Stay indoors during the hottest time of the day; between 10am-3pm
- Keep cool with air conditioning or electric fans
- Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge to refresh your skin
- Try to only go out during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning and late evening.
Minimise your activity
Only carry out necessary chores and duties. The exertion may be too strenuous on your body, which has to carry your baby too.
- Carry out household chores during the cooler early mornings or late evenings.
- Move around slowly and avoid rushing about.
- Avoid movements that can lead to light-headedness, such as repetitive bending down or rushing up and down stairs.
- Keep feet raised when sitting down to avoid swollen ankles.
- Sit in the coolest room in the house and try to sit where there is a breeze.
Eat and drink smart to fight heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion can lead to fainting and heatstroke which can result in a fall. Although extreme heat can make you lose your appetite, it is important to eat enough food during the day to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
- Drink plenty of water to fight dehydration.
- Eat foods that contain plenty of fluid, such as strawberries, celery, watermelon and cucumber.
- Avoid hot drinks and eat salads and cold dishes rather than a hot meal.
Other ways to keep cool
- Keep moisturiser and other beauty products in the fridge to refresh your skin.
- Take a cool shower.
- Invest in a handheld fan for commuting.
- Wear loose, cool cotton clothing in light colours.
- Tie hair back in a ponytail or clip it up.
By taking it easy and applying sensible precautions, you can minimise discomfort during hot weather and enjoy being pregnant!.