It's Hot Out There Folks!
After this past week's heat wave, it's shaping up to be a HOT summer down here in Lethbridge. With the heat will probably come dry weather, shaping up for some pretty epic prairie thunderstorms. However it can be pretty unbearable for even the most heat savvy of folks. What about if you are pregnant or have a new baby? We have some tips to keep you and your baby cool and comfortable this summer
- Stay Hydrated! This means drink plenty of fluids, water is great but consider also some orange juice, or electrolyte drinks (like Gatorade or Powerade) to help replace the electrolytes you loose through sweating.
- Wear loose breathable clothing (this can also help prevent swelling!)
- Place a cool wash cloth on the back of your neck.
- Stay in the shade, and avoid going out during the hottest part of the day.
- Take a dip in the pool, not only will it help cool you off but swimming is great exercise
- Lie down for half an hour to an hour every day and put your feet up, this may help reduce heat swelling in your legs and feet.
- Wear sunscreen and consider a hat as well when you are outside in the sun
- Exercise during the cooler parts of the day like first thing in the morning or in the evening.
- Take a break from the heat in somewhere with air conditioning
- Dress your baby down, choose light weight breathable clothing
- Hat your baby when you are outside, choose a nice wide brimmed hat that shades their face
- Make sure that your baby's room has good ventilation like open windows, a fan etc
- Keep them hydrated by nursing frequently or feeding extra formula (babies under 6 months shouldn't be drinking extra water)
- If you are nursing try a side lying position to make both you and baby more comfortable
- Don't leave your baby in a hot car (Always remember to check your back seat)
- Avoid outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day
- Stay in the shade
- Choose a baby carrier that is heat friendly (see our babywearing in the heat tips here)