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5 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely During your Summer Pregnancy

5 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely During your Summer Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy from the team at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare in Fayetteville, Newnan, and Stockbridge, Georgia! We know there’s nothing as exciting as preparing to welcome a new baby into your life.

Our OB/GYN physicians and certified nurse-midwives want you to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and a happy and healthy baby. We offer comprehensive obstetrical care for expecting mothers.

Part of a healthy pregnancy involves staying active. Staying active can help you have a safe delivery, and it can reduce your risk for complications. The hot southern summer months can make this challenging, so we’ve put together our top tips for exercising safely during a summer pregnancy. Here’s what you need to know.

Things to keep in mind about summer pregnancies

Women can have safe and healthy pregnancies at all times of the year. But, during the hot months of the summer, there are a few extra risks and challenges to keep in mind. 

First, the hot weather — especially here in the humid south — increases your risk for getting dehydrated. This can lead to low amniotic fluid levels, which can trigger preterm labor and other pregnancy complications.  

You’re also more likely to overheat during the summer, which can lead to heat stroke or heat exhaustion. These conditions can be problematic for your health and the health of your baby.   

Furthermore, even though this time of year can increase your chances for dehydration, the added heat and humidity can also increase your chances for water retention. Coupled with an increase in circulation issues for pregnant women, this can lead to added swelling and discomfort.

The hot, humid conditions also mean you’re at a higher risk for getting yeast infections and urinary tract infections during the summer. For these reasons, it’s important to exercise safely during the summer to manage your risks.  

Top tips for exercising safely during your summer pregnancy

Exercising is one of the best ways to prepare your body for labor and childbirth. During the summer, however, be sure to take some precautions to help you and your baby stay safe. Here are our top tips:

1. Pay attention to hydration

It’s important to stay hydrated at any time of year when you’re pregnant. But, when you’re working out during the hot summer months, pay special attention to your water intake. Sip water throughout the day, and be sure to drink extra water before, during, and after your exercise.

2. Exercise early or late

When it’s hot out, avoid exercising during peak heat hours. In other words, schedule your workouts for early mornings or evenings when the temperatures are cooler and the sun isn’t as intense. 

3. Dress for the weather

Forget fashion and choose clothes that allow your body to breathe. Look for fabrics that wick away sweat, and stick with light colors instead of darker fabrics, which can attract heat. Make sure your clothes are loose and comfortable, so you and your baby stay well.

4. Listen to your body

When you’re pregnant, it’s always important to listen to the signals your body sends. This is especially true when exercising during the summer months. If you start to feel especially tired, uncomfortable, experience pain, dizziness, bleeding, or get lightheaded — STOP EXERCISING. 

5. Talk with your doctor

Before starting an exercise program while pregnant, be sure to talk with your obstetrics provider at Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare. They can help evaluate your plans, make personalized recommendations, and ensure you and your baby stay safe this summer and all year long. 

For personalized exercise recommendations, call 770-991-2200 or book an appointment online with Southern Crescent Women’s HealthCare today.

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