The effects of heat and humidity on pregnant women
During your pregnancy, you are likely to experience a slight increase in body temperature increases. As a result, you will become more sensitive to warmer weather conditions.
Therefore, it is important to keep yourself and your baby safe from heat exhaustion. Its symptoms are similar to those of a sunstroke: headache, dizziness, tachycardia and bradycardia. But do not worry, Dettol Professionals have some tips to help keep you protected against these symptoms if residing in a hot climate.
- Use a cold, moist towel and place it at the back of your neck, brow or on top of your head to reduce your body temperature
- If you sweat a lot, make sure to keep hydrated.
- When in hot weather, drink a bottle of water for every hour you spend in open air.
- Be careful not to drink too much water as that might result in water intoxication. Hyperhydration can reduce your electrolytes which causes muscle spasms and cramping.
- Go swimming! Taking a short swim can help lower your body temperature and cool you down.
- Wear breathable fabrics to avoid sweating. These will keep you cooler and prevent overheating.
- Always carry a water mist spray bottle with you so you can spray yourself whenever you feel your temperature rising.
- Exercise lightly in conditioned spaces that are not too hot and avoid working out in heat waves.
- Avoid direct midday sunlight! Pregnant women are more prone to sunburns than others.
- Use sunscreen and reduce your sun exposure periods.
- Wash your hands with an antibacterial handwash to ensure your hands are disinfected. In case your skin is dry and needs nourishment, you can use the Dettol skincare handwash that moisturizes your skin while protecting it from germs.
- During this time, your body may sweat more than usual. To ensure you are protecting your skin from germs, using one of Dettol’s antibacterial body washes will help protect your skin from illness-causing germs, while providing additional benefits such as odor protection and skin nourishment.
- Make sure to directly return to shaded and cooled areas if you start feeling fatigued, weak, dizzy, or thirsty. Should that happen, lay down and have some cold water or a drink with minerals and sugars.
- If your skin appears pale and feels cold to the touch, or if you experience any other symptoms and feel unwell, contact your physician.
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