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Pregnant women should stay cool, hydrated

Women who are pregnant should take measures to stay safe during these hot summer months.

That is according to Arizona OBGYN Affiliates (AOA), which recommends pregnant women try to stay cool and hydrated. AOA urges pregnant women to drink water and Gatorade to stay hydrated as everyone sweats out a huge portion of the liquids they absorb in the summer. Pregnant women in particular have a higher chance of sweating more liquids than they drink. AOA also suggests pregnant women put on sunblock frequently as it not only prevents burns but also assists with hydration.

Another tip for pregnant women is to use the pool in the morning or evening when the heat is bearable. The water will lower their body temperature and the buoyancy will help relieve some of the stress on the body, as well as help ease swelling.

AOA recommends that pregnant women lie down for an hour every day, putting their feet up and using a cold rag to keep their body temperatures low. Those who are expecting should wear shoes a half size larger than their normal size. AOA suggests wearing comfortable, supportive shoes that breathe.

Pregnant women should run errands in the early morning hours or in the evening and avoid direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day. AOA recommends wearing light, comfortable clothes.

Women who feel dizzy, light-headed or overheated at any time during their pregnancy should contact their physician immediately.

 

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