Is pregnant? These are the precautions to take with the heat

In summer, pregnant women face double challenges, especially if they are in the last months of pregnancy. We've all heard stories about the relationship between heat and pregnancy. From swollen feet to hot flashes, summer can be a difficult time of year for those expecting a baby, especially if they don't take some care and precautions.

Whether or not you are pregnant, it is important to know how a pregnant woman should deal with the season's high temperatures. Take note.

These are the precautions that pregnant women should take in the heat

The pregnant woman's body temperature is higher than usual. Therefore, your sensitivity to moments of intense heat is greater and may result in some discomfort.

Therefore, in hotter periods, it is essential for pregnant women to keep their body temperature stable and stay hydrated. At these times, it is also vital that you avoid exertion or intense sporting activities.

Essential tips
  • Wear loose, light, fresh and cotton clothes;
  • Avoid direct exposure to the Sun, especially between 11am and 5pm;
  • Apply a hypoallergenic sunscreen with high sun protection factors (equal to or greater than 50), in order to protect the skin and avoid hyperpigmentation (chloasma);
  • Wear a protective hat and sunglasses;
  • Drink lots of water, teas and natural fruit juices, without added sugar, and avoid coffee or soft drinks;
  • Choose light and fresh meals, such as salads and lots of fruit;
  • In case of swelling (edema), slightly elevate the lower limbs.

Precautions to take during physical activity

Even in summer, pregnant women can and should practice sports. You should just moderate the intensity and take some extra precautions, such as:

  • Favor the cooler hours of the day, such as the morning or late afternoon;
  • Drink lots of water before, during and after exercise;
  • Control blood pressure;
  • Stop exercising in case of dizziness, dizziness, increasing fatigue, accelerated or irregular heartbeat.

How to help a pregnant woman with signs of hyperthermia?

Increased body temperature, extreme tiredness, dizziness, wheezing and/or dry mouth and throat may be signs of hyperthermia. If you are pregnant, you should:

  • Go to a cool area;
  • Hydrate yourself with water;
  • Moisten your body with wet towels, a spray or a warm water bath;
  • In case of fainting or loss of consciousness, immediately contact the emergency number (112).

By following these recommendations, pregnant women can guarantee a safe summer. However, regular monitoring of the pregnancy is essential, and the truth is that during pregnancy doubts can be constant.

Therefore, if you are pregnant, or know one, do not underestimate the importance of a consultation or video consultation with an obstetrician. To do this, simply go to doctorino.pt , select the healthcare professional you want and, free of charge, book your obstetrics consultation. Simple and fast.

This article is part of a partnership with the company Doctorino and was written by its editors.

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