Temperature and Pregnancy
With the temperature rising above 40 degrees in this time of the year, there are several measures everyone should take to prevent issues related to the high temperature. There are some measures indicated for the population in general to avoid issues regarding this matter:
- Keep yourself hydrated and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
- Despite being an expensive choice try to have AC at home to maintain a regular temperature.
- If you have curtains at home, close these between 11 am and 3 pm, when the temperature is higher and the UV rays exposure is at its maximum.
- Do not expose yourself directly under the sun.
- If you are a sporty person, avoid doing exercise between 11 am and 3 pm
- Wear light, loose cotton clothes, preferably
But what if you’re pregnant? It is important to know that during the pregnancy the intolerance to temperature is way lower. It can provoke faintness, swollen hands and feet, uncontrollable sweat and breathing difficulty.
Once again, if you’re pregnant, try not to expose yourself directly under the sun, or, in any case, try to avoid severe temperature changes.
Saunas and steam baths are popular options to relax from the everyday problems and stress, regardless, when the temperature is above 40 degrees avoid this option. If you are feeling stressed or annoyed have an infusion with some ice to help you relax.
Sunbathes or taking a walk around a park are other plausible options, we all need a bit of vitamin D, though, always avoid doing this at the most dangerous hours of the day when the UV rays are powerful. Late afternoon is the best part of the day to make it to the beach or to hear birds chirping in public parks. Never forget, as well, to use sunscreen with at least a 30+ protection.
Whenever leaving the comfort of your house take a bottle of water with you, to keep hydrated and to refresh the body when in places like a subway or any vehicle without A/C.
Eating fresh fruit helps you keep hydrated too, it’s easy to carry when not at home and if you have the munchies this is the best option for a snack. Always avoid carbohydrates like pasta and rice, and do not consume greasy foods at all.
Exposing yourself directly to the fresh and glorious air of the A/C could be amazing, but in fact can be dangerous as well. This glorious fresh air should flow through the rooms and drop the temperature gradually, so your body don’t get a temperature shock. To refresh yourself directly use fresh sprays or thermal water and apply it gently in your face.
Another great option to feel refreshed and, at the same time, practicing some exercise is to swim. If your house or complex do not have access to a swimming pool try to find public ones, but never forget to take with you a sun umbrella.
In general, this kind of temperature can be very taxing, and can produce some undesired effects. If you, at anytime, feel some dizziness, have headaches, a sudden vomit sensation, and in some severe cases, become unconscious, always talk to your doctor about these symptoms.
The temperature should be taking seriously, especially when it’s above 40 degrees, but there are problems far worst such as chromosomal abnormality.
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