Heat With The Belly: Warmth and a baby bump often don’t get along; during pregnancy, one tends to suffer more from the summer heat. Let’s see how to best deal with the heat, even in the fateful nine months.
The first natural remedy to face the heat with the belly is to follow an adequate diet.
In pregnancy, eating well is doubly important, and in summer, the right diet can help a lot against the heat. Here are three useful tips.
Nutrition and heat with the belly: 3 useful tips
Eat lots of seasonal fruit.
Always keep a supply of seasonal fruit on hand. The vitamins, minerals, sugars, and liquids in these foods help rehydrate the body and boost the energy it needs on the hottest days.
Just be careful not to overdo it with the most sugary fruits if your blood sugar is high, and avoid the fruit you eat with the peel well with bicarbonate to avoid the risk of toxoplasmosis.
There are “clever” fruits which can become faithful allies of women with a belly during the summer, for example, melon and watermelon :
- They are very rich in liquids.
- They cannot be eaten with the peel.
- They have an excellent taste and can be kept peeled and cut in the refrigerator, ready for a refreshing snack.
Eat lots of seasonal vegetables.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, courgettes, aubergines, and peppers: each vegetable has useful properties for the body. They are generally rehydrating and remineralizing, with a low-calorie intake: perfect for facing the heat, especially with the belly.
Also, in this case, wash those that are eaten raw and without peeling well with bicarbonate and prepare the others lightly without overdoing the seasonings.
Not abundant meals, more often.
This is a good rule always to follow, especially when you are pregnant and it is very hot. Light and more frequent meals help not to burden the body and to cope with the glycemic drops that can occur, especially during the first months of pregnancy.
Hydration and warmth in the belly
In summer you have to drink a lot, more than usual. In pregnancy, this habit is doubly important. Avoid sugary drinks, especially those with added carbon dioxide, and don’t overdo the exciting, caffeinated ones.
A remedy for the summer heat? Simply water with a few drops of lemon.
It is also important to drink little and often still water at room temperature so that the body stays hydrated.
To facilitate proper hydration, centrifuged fresh fruit and vegetables can be useful.
Other remedies to face the heat with the belly
Other remedies for the heat are:
- Avoid leaving the house during the hottest hours.
- If you go to the beach, avoid exposing yourself to the sun, especially in the central hours of the day.
- Rest as much as possible, always trying to stay in cool and well-ventilated rooms.
- Wear light, non-constricting clothing.
- Avoid too hot or, conversely, icy baths and showers. A short shower under lukewarm water helps to cool down without forcing the body to an excessive change in temperature, which is not good for you.
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