Tips on staying healthy during summer pregnancy
I wanted to take a leap away from soy, organics, and smoothies to discuss the blazing hot, sweaty summer that is upon us here in the New York area. With temps in the 90s almost every day, it has been real difficult for my niece to feel comfortable and healthy during her summer pregnancy. Her morning sickness and exhaustion can be so much worse when it is hot and sticky outside, making her feel fatigued beyond belief. I told her I would write a post for her on staying healthy during a summer pregnancy.
It’s important to stay hydrated during pregnancy anyway, but due to the summer heat and over-sweating, dehydration is far more likely. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, headaches, and mouth dryness. Therefore, it’s important to drink plenty of liquids.
Water is a must – lemon water is even better – but when your friends are drinking their sodas and summer cocktails, you might want to add a little bit of excitement to your liquid choices. Store-bought or homemade mocktails are great – the non-alcoholic and safer alternative to a cocktail – and for an alternative to those unhealthy sugary fizzy drinks, I really recommend this fruit flavored water with no sugar. Whatever you drink, ensure you always have something with you, especially when you are out and about.
Eat plant-powered meals
For many, summer is all about barbecues, but you need to steer clear, unless there are roasting veggies and veggie burgers on the grill. Stay away from heavy foods. Lots of store-bought salads are loaded with mayo or other creamy ingredients that can upset your digestion, and it’s real important to eat light and clean. Focus on a healthy diet, eating those summer foods that are good for both you and your baby. From microgreens to watermelons, eat something that is both delicious and nutritious.
On the days that you really don’t have much of an appetite, try a green smoothie! It is really refreshing and filling, and tastes cooling and sweet. As a matter of fact, this is probably a good time to have GreenBlender deliver the ingredients to your door, so all you have to do is pop them in a blender, and you’re good to go. You don’t even need to leave the house to get the ingredients! How convenient is that?
The best part is that you’ll need folic acid, iron, calcium, vitamin C, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids and choline. You can get all of that in a smoothie!
Overheating is a possibility for anybody over the summer, but it is a particular problem for expectant moms. You gotta stay cool and eating clean, whole foods is the way. Certain foods will regulate your temperatures – these include cucumbers, citrus fruits, and leafy greens.
Drinking tea is also known to cool you down, (caffeine-free of course), though for the healthier option, we would always recommend green tea due to its many health benefits. Don’t forget about taking a dip in the pool, spraying yourself with a spray bottle, and taking cool showers feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Exercise and lots of rest
Exercise is great for you and baby, but don’t overdo it, especially when the sweltering sun is beating down. Early morning or evening are usually the best times of the day to limit the sweating, since it is usually coolest outside. You could always exercise indoors if you have A/C, but being out in nature is always rejuvenating.
Get plenty of rest, sleep when you need to, and put your feet up if heat and humidity have worn you out. This can be difficult if you are out and about, but make sure to sit down for a cool drink and a healthy bite to eat when you’re planning your daily travels.
Being pregnant in the summer can be tough, but don’t sweat it. With just a little planning, you’ll be able to stay healthy during your summer pregnancy. Before you know it, the seasons will change and you’ll be wishing for the high temps!