Heat waves are stretching across the U.S. and causing many to be overwhelmed by the unbearable heat. But the midsummer heat is toughest on pregnant women. Long before the mercury rises, a pregnant woman’s internal temperature has been on the rise as well. So when the temperatures soar, moms-to-be become even more uncomfortable. Below are some easy tips for beating the heat this summer.

Hydration

Stay hydrated. Risk of dehydration radically increases when you are pregnant. You need to drink four glasses of water a day more than the average person which adds up to 12 glasses per day. Always be prepared by carrying a reusable bottle of water with you at all times.

Elevate feet

Elevate your legs and feet. Pregnant women's feet tend to swell during pregnancy, but will balloon more quickly in high temps. Whenever possible, put your feet up to avoid swelling and discomfort.

Consistent temperature

Stay in a consistent temperature -- avoid going from the outdoor heat to the indoor air conditioning and back out again. Your body has to work really hard to continuously adjust to the temperature swing.

Stay covered

Avoid being outside during the peak heat hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run errands or exercise in the mornings or evenings. Don't forget a sunhat to keep the sun off your face, which helps prevent the mask of pregnancy -- the brown blotches that appear on your face and sometimes arms during pregnancy. Sun is a trigger to the appearance of these spots.

Cool showers

Take cool showers or baths as you need to lower your body temperature and feel more comfortable.

Light clothing

Wear light colored, cotton fabrics. At this time of your pregnancy, avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or uncomfortable. Find lightweight summer dresses that are breathable and airy. Dark colors absorb the sun, so wear whites and neutrals and stay in the shade as much as possible.

Stay indoors

Find indoor activities you enjoy, to keep you and baby comfortable. During the heat, use this time to go to the mall, grocery store or friends' homes.

Sunscreen

Wear at least 30 SPF. During pregnancy, your body is at a higher risk to sunburn. Even if you do not typically burn, the change in your body chemistry during pregnancy can increase the chances of burning.

Wet washcloths

Place cold, wet washcloths on your neck, face and wrists to help bring your body temperature down. Even just putting your feet in a little cool water will reduce swelling and decrease body temperature.

Diet

Watch your diet. Avoid spicy foods that may cause you to break out in a sweat, and certain foods with high amounts of sodium which may cause excess bloating or swelling -- and in turn increase your discomfort.

Summer doesn't have to be unbearable for those who are pregnant. Accepting that it is hot and taking precautions will make beating the summer heat easier on everyone.

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