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Managing the condition in summertime.

Summer is not the most fun time to be pregnant, as heat and sweat add to the ordinary discomfort of pregnancy, and hormonal changes can make women less able to regulate body temperature. Still, it is important to get healthful exercise, 30 minutes a day, three to four times a week, maintains Diane Hughes, an obstetrician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. "By taking some simple precautions, and knowing the early signs of overheating, pregnant women can maintain their health even through hot weather."

Avoiding overheating especially is important in early pregnancy, when the fetus is going through critical developmental stages. For that reason, pregnant women should not use hot tubs or saunas, but they should drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. They also can enjoy cold treats such as frozen fruit pops, but keep an eye out for junk ingredients like added sugar.

If exercising outdoors, do it in the cool parts of the day. Getting in the water is a good idea, too. Swim, take frequent cool showers or baths, lounge in a kiddie pool, carry a spray bottle to spritz yourself with, or sit with your feet in a basin of cool water.

Also, wear loose, light-colored clothing in natural fibers. When exercising, wear clothing that wicks moisture away from the skin.

By all means, stop exercising if you begin to feel bad. Seek medical help for racing pulse, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, vaginal bleeding, mental confusion, or a temperature higher than 100.4[degrees].


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Title Annotation:Pregnancy
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
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Date:Aug 1, 2012
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