Health tips for pregnant women to cope with summer heat

During pregnancy, a woman has to undergo many types of problems but the summer heat can add to her problems. People generally like to eat and drink cold foodstuff during this season but doing so can cause swelling in pregnant women. If you are going to become a mother in the coming few months then adopt some helpful measures to avoid the heat

Health tips for pregnant women to cope with summer heat
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Common problems faced by pregnant women in summer:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sunstroke
  • Prickly heat
  • Fever/cold

Precautions to be taken:

  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water
  • Don’t step outside during the peak hours of the day (11 am to 4 pm), when the sun light is harsh
  • Eat fruits containing high water content
  • Avoid heaty foods
  • Wear a scarf, cap or hat while venturing outdoors
  • Wear lose fitting clothes and avoid tight clothes like jeans or leggings
  • Wear cotton clothes as they absorb sweat well and don’t stick to the body
  • Maintain personal hygiene
  • Eat at regular intervals
  • Visit a doctor as soon as possible, if you are having fever or cold

Dr Niranjan Chavan, a gynaecologist from Sion Hospital said, “During the summer various health-related issues can happen. During pregnancy, women generally suffer from low blood pressure, but heat during summer aggravates this problem. Dehydration is the second most worrisome cause. A pregnant woman must keep herself hydrated by consuming enough water.”

Dr Rahul Mayekar, associate professor attached with the gynaecology department at Sion Hospital, said, “Excessive heat can cause an electrolyte imbalance in the body which leads to a dip in sodium-potassium levels. This in turn can lead to cramps in the hands and legs of a person. Walking in harsh sunlight for extended periods of time can trigger a heatstroke. Pregnant women should include adequate carbohydrates and protein in their diet. Drink plenty of water, drink a minimum of at least 2 to 2.5 litres a day.”