Pregnant This Summer? A Few Tips for Relief and Relaxation
The advancement in science has enabled people plan their pregnancy as per their choice on contrary to the good olden days’ unplanned or unexpected pregnancies with no much options. If you can take the pregnancy in your stride, you can plan it according to your financial stability, time, season and so on. If wondering as to which is the best season for pregnancy, or if you are already pregnant this summer without much plans, do not worry. Feel blessed as I would suggest that summer months are the best months for pregnancy as it has many advantages over few demerits. However, you can customize the extreme heat and get over it successfully with few tips and ideas.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or winter blues as it is popularly known as hits many people hard especially the pregnant women. Although it sounds ridiculous, lack of vitamin D in the winter months may be disastrous to pregnant women. They may not want to socialize, always seem exhausted, grumpy and miserable all around. Adding to this, the morning sickness in pregnancy can worsen the situation. Unless one loves winters, they should not be apprehensive about summer pregnancies. Experts list out the possibility of some common issues in pregnant woman during the winter months and they are as following:
- Postpartum Depression
- Bonding and Attachment issues with the new born baby
- Substance Abuse or Addiction
- Low APGAR Score
- Under weight reported in the neonates
- Gestational Diabetes which may lead to juvenile diabetes
- Premature termination
- Suicidal thoughts
- Health issues in the new born baby
Early mornings and evenings are perfect in the summers to get out and go for a walk. One can wear lighter clothes unlike layering in winters. Socializing is all the more easier and mood can be always on an elevated note which is very essential for a pregnant woman. It is also an agreeable fact that pregnancy in summers is a cumbersome experience. However, some simple tips and activities can make your pregnancy a memory to cherish for life.
Hydration is the key: Keep yourself hydrated all through and this is the best way of beating heat in summers. It is an apparent fact that you get thirsty when you get dehydrated. A hand water bottle can hold good for this and the intake can be measured as well. Freshly made lemonades and ginger ale are good alternatives but substitute sugar with honey as it is nutritious too.
Make friends with fruits and vegetables: Although you are choosy with fruits, remember you love even those wacky fruits in no time as you will be suggesting those to your younger one. You will be surprised to find the difference in you as child birth undoubtedly gets a significant change in you. You are fortunate enough to find a range of fruits on your platter as it is summer! Rainbow colors of fruits! The black plums in violets, blue berries, kiwis, mangoes, oranges, strawberries can be the best examples. Nothing to do with colors but the color rich fruits will supply ample anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Similar benefits with veggies. Salads can both satisfy your taste buds and replenish nutrients which are essential for you and your baby.
Swim to beat the heat: Swimming can chill you down and can be a good exercise for you. However, evenings are the best times to go for swimming as it can tan you in sunlight. Studies have proved that buoyancy of the water takes off the pressure on your sciatic nerve and hence the activity can relieve you.
Get down the ankle swelling: This is the most common compliant the pregnant women face and hot summer months can elevate this problem. Occasional stretching can relieve this issue. Avoiding crossing legs and this can help the issue getting severe. A lounge chair can be the perfect option to keep you in right position to beat the edema.
With these simple ideas, pregnancy can be fun in summers on contrary to the conventional beliefs. Try them and feel blessed to be pregnant in these amazing months loaded with vitamin D and vibrant light to cheer up your mood.