Keeping Cool for Two: Surviving Summer When You’re Expecting
Limit outdoor exercise to the early morning or late evening hours. You shouldn’t be exerting yourself during the hottest hours of the late morning and early afternoon, when the sun is at peak strength, nor should you set foot outside without that trusty water bottle.
If you exercise at home, make sure it’s in a room with an air-conditioner or good fan, and follow the same rule about working out at the cooler times of day. If you belong to a gym, it’s probably moderately frigid in there all summer, but don’t forget about drinking plenty of water throughout your workout. Stop whatever you’re doing immediately if you feel dizzy or overheated, grab a big glass of cool water, and lie down on your left side until the dizziness passes.
Make AC Your Friend
Perhaps you’ve never been a fan of chilly air-conditioned places, but when you’re pregnant in the summer, an air conditioner chugging away full steam can be a lifesaver. Sleeping is hard enough when you’re pregnant, much less when you’re pregnant during a heat wave. Set that air conditioner in your bedroom to a comfy 72 degrees and let the white noise lull you to sleep. If you don’t have an air conditioner at home, take refuge at the library, mall, movie theater, or local bookstore during the hottest afternoon hours.
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