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Q: I’m pregnant. How can I beat the summer heat?

Posted August 19, 2015 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: There is nothing like pregnancy to make a hot Iowa summer feel even hotter. Follow these simple tips to stay comfortable this summer while still enjoying the season.

-Avoid direct mid-day sun, as pregnancy makes you more susceptible to sunburn. When outside, make sure you use SPF 30+ sunscreen.

-Wear loose fitting, breathable fabrics to help prevent heat rash.

-Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. A good rule of thumb is one 8oz. beverage for every hour you are outdoors. This can include water, sports drinks or milk. Avoid caffeinated beverages, as they are not rehydrating.

-Swimming is a great outdoor activity during pregnancy. It cools you off and can relieve pressure on your aching joints.

-If you experience swelling in the summer heat, make sure you remove your rings.

-Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and avoid high heels. You may need to go up a shoe size.

-Pay close attention to the heat warnings – if the index is in the 90’s, it is best to stay inside.

*Always consult with your OB provider for specific instructions regarding safe activities for your pregnancy

Information provided by UnityPoint Clinic – OB/GYN, Ankeny, 965-0300.

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