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Summer brings a particular brand of misery to a pregnant woman, who is already running warm from carrying a little one. Read on for tips on how to stay cool this summer.

Pregnant woman in a swimsuit

Even before your baby implants into your womb, your body temperature is higher than it was before you ovulated, and it can seem to go up and up as the weeks go by. Summer, with its high heat, can make you miserable. Here are a few ideas to keep the heat away.

Swim

Swimming is an excellent activity for mothers-to-be. It can make you feel weightless and can give you ample exercise. It can also help you stay cool, so if you have a pool or can make your way to one (or better yet, a beach), go for it. Maternity swimsuits are more fashionable than ever, but even if you can’t find one you love, don a t-shirt and stretchy shorts and hit the water.

Drink up

Drink plenty of ice water. It will not only provide the fluids you and your baby need, but can help you stay cool, particularly if you’re out and about with no shade in sight. Juicy fruits, like watermelon, are another way to keep hydrated and refreshed.

Don’t overexert yourself

Your body is already under extra strain, so make sure that you don’t overdo walks, hikes or vacationing. Take frequent breaks. If your face is bright red and your heart feels like it’s going to pop out of your chest, you might want to take it easier.

Stay indoors

If you have air conditioning in your home or access to another indoor place with A/C, stay inside if you can. If there is no A/C, set up fans and wipe yourself down with cool water as often as possible.

Especially in the early months, it’s wise to not have your body temperature too high, and in the later months, it will just make you feel better to stay cool.

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