By Dr. Shallu Kakkar Last Updated:
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman's life when she is carrying a child within her and looking forward to a beautiful new future as a mother. Summer pregnancy can be uncomfortable as the temperature rises. As a mother-to-be, you will need to take special care of your health as well as your baby’s. A summer pregnancy can be easier if you stay as cool, calm and collected as possible.
You have probably realised that being pregnant in the summer means you will be sweating profusely on many days. You would probably be gazing enviously as other sip mojitos by the poolside, while you drink water in between frequent pee breaks. What you may not realise is that being pregnant when it's hot out also increases your risk of developing gestational diabetes.
Gestational diabetes is a condition that occurs during pregnancy in which your body can’t produce enough insulin to keep the blood sugar at a normal level. Though it typically doesn't show any noticeable symptoms, it can cause women to have bigger babies, leading to interventions like C-sections during delivery. Moreover, it's associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.
Vitamin D called the "sunshine vitamin," is known to keep symptoms of depression at bay. Making sure you are getting enough of this (200 IUs, or 5 micrograms each day if you are pregnant) is easier in summer.
Why is this vitamin important? If you are pregnant, vitamin D helps to regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in your body as well as in your baby's body, which helps to build healthy bones and teeth. If you don't get enough vitamin D, you could experience pregnancy problems including achy muscles and weaker bones, which may put you at higher risk of fractures.
Does just thinking about venturing outside in the summer heat make you wilt? Don't let rising temperatures stop you from enjoying yourself. Follow these tips on how to stay cool, fit and healthy.
There is no doubt that diet is the most important aspect of pregnancy. And because we’re talking about summer pregnancy, mommies-to-be would crave to eat something cold. However, it’s advised not to talk anything cold. Fresh fruits, juices, salads and cut vegetables abundant in water is advised.
Although the sun and heat can be brutal on some summer days, make sure you stay well-hydrated and cool. And remember if the heat seems to be getting overwhelming, it’s perfectly fine to retreat indoors for the day! Your safety and comfort come first.