Pregnancy is an attention-grabbing and thrilling journey, which may generally develop into uncomfortable for the expectant mom. In summers, in most components of the nation temperatures soar, which may trigger some inconvenience to a pregnant lady.
Dr Prathima Reddy, director, senior obstetrician and gynaecologist at Fortis La Femme Hospital, Richmond Road, Bengaluru says that when a girl is pregnant, her physique goes by way of distinctive modifications to accommodate the infant, and “some of these changes can cause discomfort to the pregnant mother. Increasing temperatures can only worsen the situation.”
Physiological modifications that happen throughout being pregnant
* Nausea and vomiting in early being pregnant
* Indigestion, ‘gas’, bloating sensation and lowered urge for food
* Increase in weight by 10-12 kg all through being pregnant
* Oedema — fluid assortment within the toes and legs after the primary three months of being pregnant
* Shortness of breath due to the rising womb
* ‘Feeling hot’
The physician says that in summers, significantly, pregnant girls undergo some challenges, including that there are some tips with which they will really feel higher.
1. Hydration: Drink not less than 3 litres of water per day. Top it up with tender coconut and contemporary fruit juices (keep away from if in case you have gestational diabetes) with minimal or no sugar. Inadequate hydration might lead to a warmth stroke.
2. Diet: Remember to embrace loads of greens, greens, sprouted salads, fruits (particularly watermelon) to your food regimen. Curd (dwell yogurt) and buttermilk are particularly cooling. Avoid extreme oil, ghee and masalas in meals preparation and lower down on the salt consumption.
3. Swimming/exercising: This is a good way of cooling off and if in case you have entry to a pool you should make use of it. Routine train should be carried out both within the early mornings or evenings when the temperatures are decrease.
4. Elevated toes: Remember to elevate your toes by inserting them on pillows or cushions as this reduces the water retention in your toes and legs.
5. Clothes and footwear: Wear unfastened cotton garments in white or pastel shades. Also, put on comfortable footwear to accommodate the swelling.
6. Sunglasses/sunscreen/umbrella: Invest in pair of sun shades and use sunscreen every time you might be out for longer durations. Carry an umbrella or put on a broad hat to defend your self.
7. Sleep: Try to get a nap for not less than half-hour within the afternoon, since it’s the hottest a part of the day.
“See your doctor regularly, and remember to mention any unusual symptoms that you may have noticed. Visit the emergency department of your hospital if you experience excessive fatigue, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, vomiting or if you have stopped sweating — these may be symptoms of a heat stroke,” Dr Reddy cautions.