By Erica Chester
Following a tour she led at the Capitol Hill Medical Center, Dr. Carla Sandy, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group in District of Columbia and Suburban Maryland service area, shared some tips on how expectant mothers can brave the heat for the remainder of the summer.
“Being pregnant is a wonderful thing. But, it can be challenging during the summer, especially toward the later stages of pregnancy,” said Dr. Sandy.
Dr. Sandy offered the following advice for expecting mothers navigating high temperatures:
- Stay hydrated; Keep a water bottle near as water is the best liquid to rehydrate. Dr. Sandy recommends drinking one to two cups of water per hour while outside in the heat.
- Eat fruits and vegetables to maintain adequate amount of vitamins and minerals
- Eat lighter and more frequent small meals
- Limit time in the heat; Stay in the shade
- Wear a hat with a rim to keep body temperature regulated
- Keep moving, but limit movements to low impact activities unless you have discussed the activity with your doctor.
- Wear loose and comfortable clothing