Coping With Brisbane’s Heat During Pregnancy

Coping With Brisbane’s Heat During Pregnancy

  • Pregnant Woman in Sun

With the temperatures here in Brisbane soaring – if you are pregnant the heat can often feel even hotter carrying around your growing baby. Here are some tips to help tackle coping with the heat this summer:

Keep your fluids up

Hydration is important for everyone but when pregnant it is very important to ensure you drink enough fluids – so water, herbal teas, and milk.  At least 6-8 glasses of water per day is recommended. By the time you actually feel thirsty you are already starting to become dehydrated, so make sure you drink your fluids regularly. You might also want to minimise your salt intake as too much salt can lead to water retention.

Tip – take a bottle of water in the car/on public transport and when out and about with you.

Keep well hydrated during a hot pregnancy in Brisbane weather

Stay out of the sun

Stay out of the sun where you can – especially when it is the hottest part of the day, and don’t forget that your skin may be sensitive during your pregnancy – so be careful. Some women can experience cholasma whilst pregnant which is causes pigmentation on the face – if you go in the sun these may darken also.

Tip – make sure you wear a high factor sunscreen when out and about.

Relaxing swim in a Brisbane during pregnancy

Swimming to cool down

If you have a pool a nice dip is the perfect way to cool off – preferably not in the direct sunlight, or if you don’t have a pool then pop along to your local public pool. Alternatively you could invest in a small paddling pool to dip your feet in on those extra hot days* or even have a nice cool shower (but not ice cold!).

Tip – please consult council pool guidelines for paddling pools and safety, and always consult your doctor if you are intending on starting any new exercise.

Swimming during pregnancy in Brisbane

Wear fabrics that are breathable

Wear fabrics that are lighter and cooler on the really hot days such as cotton, and in the evening when in bed consider your bed clothes and bed fabrics as they may make you hot too if you have heavy fabrics on the bed for example. You might find you don’t even need bed sheets to cover you – do what works best for you and what makes you comfortable.

Enjoy the weather safely during pregnancy

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