5 Tips to Help Survive a Florida Summer During Pregnancy

The hot Florida sun is beating down as you try to make it though some of the most difficult months of your pregnancy. Your belly seems to be growing larger every day, you can’t stop sweating, and even the smallest tasks seem magnified by the heat and your condition.

But there is hope! At Suncoast Women’s Care, we want you to not just survive, but thrive during a Florida summer while you’re pregnant. Here are five tips on how to make it through.

Stay hydrated

Pregnant women should drink on average about 10 cups of water a day. Factor in the sweat you lose during those hot Florida summer days, and you’ll need to drink even more — add eight ounces for every hour you spend outside in the heat.

This is important not just for you, but for the baby, because water helps get nutrients to the baby, and dehydration can lead to complications and even preterm labor.

One trick to make sure you’re getting all your water in: carry a water bottle wherever you go and keep refilling it so you know how much you’ve consumed that day.

Dress for success

Those heavy cotton clothes should be a thing of the past. Go instead for loose, lightweight, light-colored maternity wear that is breathable. This will allow sweat to evaporate instead of just sitting on your skin, which will keep you from overheating. Invest in a good maternity swimsuit, too, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding the beach or pool because your swimsuit doesn’t fit. You’re in Florida, after all.

Keep your feet up

When you are pregnant, your calves, ankles, and feet tend to swell, and the heat only makes it worse. Take every chance you can to elevate your legs to keep the swelling down. Avoiding salt can help make sure you don’t retain too much water, and citrus fruits can be natural diuretics as well. (Here’s where the advantage to living in Florida comes in.)

Stay wet

There’s one surefire way to cool off in Florida — get in the water! That maternity swimsuit will come in handy as you head to the beach and pool, and the water will help lower your body temperature. Getting off your feet for a bit will help you relax, and the water can also provide a low-impact way to exercise. If you don’t have access to a pool, fill up a kiddy version in your yard and lounge for a while.

Avoid the heat

The afternoon is the hottest part of the day, so the best strategy is simply to stay inside. Take a nap or queue up favorite flicks and relax. Don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself. You’re giving that growing baby exactly what he or she needs by keeping them in a low-stress environment.

These tips will help you make the most of your Florida summer pregnancy. If you need more advice or an obstetrician of your own, feel free to call or book an appointment online today!

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