Tips for staying cool in the hot weather when you are pregnant
Feeling the heat during pregnancy is a common side effect, and if the weather is hot you can feel even more uncomfortable
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Keeping cool - especially at night - may feel like an ongoing battle but here’s some quick and easy tips for a cooler pregnancy.
Choose cool clothing
This may sound obvious but, even though you may have some lovely maternity clothes you are dying to wear, keep your choices simple and light in the hot weather. Loose, light fabrics will help you stay cooler.
Drink plenty of water
Regularly drink water, ideally with ice, to maintain your body temperature and keep you hydrated.
Invest in a fan
Unless you just happen to have air conditioning in your home, invest in some fans. The cool air from a fan will be your saviour, particularly at night.
Bathe your feet in ice water
Swollen ankles and feet are a common symptom of pregnancy and they can get even worse in the hot weather. When you can, fill a bowl with cold water and ice, and soak your feet for a while - it can help reduce any swelling from the day and cool your whole body down.
Use ice on your wrists
A little trick for cooling yourself down is to place an ice cube on your wrist. As well as cooling your body down and helping to regulate your body temperature, it also feels quite nice and refreshing!
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