“You really need to be cognizant of your water,” said Stephanie Morgan, RN, Labor and Delivery Nurse at Intermountain Medical Center.
When you’re pregnant, your blood volume more than doubles, causing dehydration to happen much faster. This is why pregnant women need to drink at least 64 ounces of water throughout the day.
“I think a lot of women don’t recognize that you can become dehydrated quickly, more quickly, and it can cause problems to you in the pregnancy,” Morgan said.
Dehydration can cause some serious complications, including contractions and even labor.
On top of staying hydrated, it’s important to be careful in the heat. Be sure to wear cool, lightweight, and breathable fabrics, avoid exercising during the hottest dimes of day – between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and if you’re looking for a way to cool off, go for a swim.
“Swimming is a good thing because it’s actually good exercise for pregnant women, and it takes pressure off the joints,” Morgan said.
During pregnancy, your skin is more prone to sunburn so be sure to use shade and sunblock. In addition, if you’re going to be around bugs and mosquitoes, using a repellent with up to 30 percent DEET is safe and recommended.
If you’re planning a vacation this summer, check with your doctor and consider any risk factors, including gestational age, before you travel. Also, since pregnant women have a high risk of developing a blood clot, don’t forget to keep moving as you travel to your destination.
“If you’re sitting for long periods of time, you want to get out, you want to walk around, you want to move – especially your legs and muscles to get that blood flowing,” Morgan said.
Remember to listen to your body this summer and take breaks, naps or rest when needed.
“If you’re sweating a lot and you feel miserable and you’re dizzy and light headed, you need to get out of the heat and drink more water,” Morgan said.