Being pregnant often means that you feel hotter than usual. In the winter, this can be a distinct advantage but when it’s 44 degrees centigrades in the shade, you may find that cooling down is difficult.
If you already have difficulty sleeping due to your bump, being hot just makes for an even more restless night.
So read on to find our suggestions to becoming more comfortable.
Getting your feet and hands cooler will help you cool down all over, so put your feet in a basin or bath of cold water, or you could even sit with your feet in a paddling pool at home or if you are a member go to a local pool - great if you have kids already as this helps them keep cool too.
This will also help to relieve swollen ankles. If you’re at work or out and about try putting your hands and wrists under cold water.
At night, you can spray your feet with cold water from a plant spray or wrap a cold cloth around them. You could try holding ice cubes against the pulse points in your wrists. Cool showers can also help – take several a day if you need to, then don’t towel off too much, as the evaporating water from your skin can help you cool off more quickly.
Fans and air conditioners are your friend. A fan or AC in the bedroom may help you get a more restful night and you could ask for one at work if the office or workplace is not air conditioned
Pop a fold-up fan in your handbag for when you’re out and about – especially on hot buses and trains – or invest in a small battery fan.
We are all told to keep up our water intake in pregnancy but now, in the heat, it’s even more important.
Drink plenty of cold, iced water, which will not only keep you hydrated but will cool you down too. If you fancy something more exciting try water with a squeeze of lemon juice or coconut water, but do avoid sugary or caffeinated drinks like cola.
If you have ice cubes left at the end of the drink, crunch them up for an even cooler burst.
Having the occasional ice lolly, sorbet or ice cream will help you cool down. However, do try to avoid too much sugar and brightly coloured lollies and drinks which may be loaded with artificial colourings and flavourings.
Keeping your head cool can help you feel more comfortable. If you have long hair, wear it up off your face and neck so that cooling breezes can get to your skin more easily.
Cooling sprays on the forehead and back of the neck are also great instant coolers; again, you can use a plant spray or you could splash out on a mineral water brumisateur spray from a pharmacy
Going swimming is a great way to get some gentle exercise and keep cool all at the same time. At this time of year, you and a pregnant friend could visit a local pool or where you could enjoy the weather and take dips or paddle every now and then when you get too hot.
Take some drinks and snacks with you. Remember to wear a good, high factor sun screen, as your skin is likely to be more sensitive to the sun than usual.
Don’t go into very cold water too suddenly – take it gently and get acclimatised.
You should know that going outside right at the hottest time of the day is not such a great idea.
If you want to go for a walk, to the shops or a local park, choose the early morning and later in the evening as it will be much cooler. When it’s boiling, keep blinds and curtains drawn, use a fan and AC between 23 and 26 degrees centigrades and have cold drinks. You can also wear as little as possible – just remember to grab a dupatta when the doorbell rings!