Oh, boy, it’s summer in Texas. You know what that means: sweltering sun, sky-high temperatures, and horrible humidity. Anyone else feel like they’re swimming instead of walking?
A Southern summer’s tough enough as it is, but when you’re expecting a new addition to the family, the heat can seem exponentially worse. Our providers at Women’s Health Services in Arlington, Texas, know just what you’re going through. This summer, try out these summer pregnancy survival tips from our women’s health experts.
1. Be smart about sun exposure
We know you know that sun exposure is the leading cause of skin cancer, but that’s not all. Too much sun exposure can lead to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and other summer scaries.
While we encourage you to enjoy some sunshine this summer — you do need vitamin D, after all — take frequent breaks in the shade and apply (and reapply) sunscreen. Also, utilize hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas to maximize sun protection.
2. Plan outdoor activities in the morning or evening
In Texas, summer temperatures surpass 90 degrees daily and can even reach the low 100s during the hottest times of day: between 11am and 4pm. If you’re keen on hiking, biking, or other outdoor activities, try your best to plan them in the morning or evening to avoid direct sunlight during those hot hours.
3. Keep water handy at all times
This tip should be a no-brainer, but we included it anyway because it’s just that important. Staying hydrated could be the difference between a fun-filled day or a trip to the emergency room. Try to drink 80-100 ounces of water each day. Bonus points if you infuse your aqua with hydrating fruits like lemon, cucumber, and melon.
4. Keep your feet happy
Summer often comes with vacations and day trips, which come with lots of walking. Since moms-to-be are prone to swelling in the feet, ankles, and lower legs, it’s worth investing in a quality pair of summer shoes. Additionally, you can elevate your feet when you’re resting to reduce any swelling or discomfort.
5. Carry a spray bottle and hand towel
No shame here: Arm yourself with a spritzer full of ice-cold water to spray when you’re feeling warm. Also bring along a hand towel to dry sweat. In another state, we might recommend you let your sweat do its thing, but the Texas humidity can leave you drenched without a little help from a handy cloth.
6. Find fun indoor activities
You don’t need to spend every waking moment outdoors just because it’s summer. But you also need not stay cooped up in your house. We love sunshine as much as the next person, but we also adore an air-conditioned trip to an art museum, library, bowling alley, or skating rink.
7. Take advantage of all summer has to offer
Most importantly, enjoy this last summer before baby comes. The key to happiness and comfort is focusing on the good. Make a point to intentionally enjoy time with your partner, as it may be a while before just the two of you get to spend a long summer day alone together. Respect your body’s limits, but focus on simply having a good time.
Interested in learning more about how to feel your best during pregnancy? The caring doctors at Women’s Health Services in Arlington, Texas, are here to help. Call us today or book an appointment online at either of our Arlington locations.