By Courtney Knowles of aquaBelly
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer! Throughout the changing seasons we experience many changes the weather has to bring as well. Some people have to deal with snow, excessive rain, and the occasional hot days, but we hear in Florida, have to deal with excessive heat waves. The summer heat is tough on everyone, but when you’re pregnant, it can be even harder to stand those hot summer days.
This week, especially, we have been experiencing extremely high temperatures that have even escalated beyond 100 degrees in certain areas of South Florida. When the weather gets this HOT, it is extremely important to stay inside where it is cool. Such high temperatures can have a severe impact on your joints (particularly if you have arthritis), and can also dehydrate your body beyond belief. Because it is so important to drink plenty of water each day, it is obvious that being in the heat, where all of that wonderful water is being drained from your body, is not beneficial to your health. This is especially true if you are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Nurturing a child already takes a toll on your body, so why make things more difficult on yourself? It is said that babies being exposed to high heat levels during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy could ultimately be born with a low birth weight and could exhibit other behavioral problems down the road. There is also a high chance of miscarriages and babies being born too early when their mother is exposed to too much sun. For these reasons, it is important to stay out of the heat, and keep your house cool so you can take some of the stress off of your body.
Although it is important to relax and stay out of the heat, women who are pregnant still need to keep up with their exercise regime. Experts agree that when pregnant, the best place to exercise is in the water. The pool is the perfect place to beat the heat while exercising outside! Even if you are not exercising, you can have fun in the water, either by yourself, or with your children and still be refreshed the whole time because your body will not heat up or become dehydrated. Just be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and a hat to keep cool as well.
Don’t let the heat keep you from enjoying your days. Stay inside where it’s cool, or go outside and spend some time in the pool where you’ll not only enjoy the summer and get a great workout, but you’ll stay refreshed the whole time you’re outside.