The body temperature of pregnant women is always a bit higher than normal women. So, the addition of external heat obviously makes feel really uncomfortable.
“It’s really challenging for the pregnant women to beat the heat. Pregnant women body temperature is a bit higher than the normal, so extra heat from outside is bound to make pregnant women’s life more miserable,” said Dr. Archana Dhawan Bajaj, gynecologist, and obstetrician.
“Dehydration in pregnant women include symptoms like thirst, dry mouth, loss of appetite, skin flushing, chills and fatigue. If your body condition becomes serious, the body goes into the shock. The more your body sweats mean the more risk of dehydration,” Dr. Archana added.
To decrease the crises, drinking plenty of fluids is advisable. Due to losses of electrolytes in the body, the muscles begin to cramp. Pregnant women should take the cramps as the sign of the need to cool down.
However, if the heat cramps go ignored; they may lead to exhaustion which sounds potentially threatening for both mother and the child. Symptoms of heat cramps are similar to heat stroke that includes, dizziness, headache, and a fast and weak pulse.
Another major problem that pregnant women faces is Heat rash. Women who are suffering from heat rash should wear breathable fabrics for avoiding sweat. Edema is worse in summer that adversely affects ankles, calves, and feet.
Lie down 30 to 60 minutes, either at the end of the workday or during lunch. Make sure to keep your legs up whenever required, even in office. Wear comfortable shoes, if possible, wear one pair of shoes larger the size of a normal one.