Tamsen Carson, Physician Assistant
Whether you are 12 or 38 weeks along, the recent increase in temperatures is hard to tolerate for most pregnant moms.Your body temperature is already running high during pregnancy. Women who are pregnant also tend to sweat more, so you will be easily dehydrated which can cause swelling of hands and feet.
The best thing to do is to stay well hydrated with water. I recommend 8-10 glasses of water a day, which is one gallon or four liters daily. You will need even more if you drink any caffeinated drinks. The more water in your body, the less cramping, headaches and muscle cramps you will have.
It is also important to try and stay cool so your baby does not experience heat stress. This means not staying out in the sun too long, using sunscreen, and staying inside or in the shade during the hottest time of day. Crank the air-conditioning up, get in the cool swimming pool, and exercise only when the sun has gone down.
If you have questions about participating in certain activities during the summer consult your doctor. To find a doctor visit renown.org/findadoc.