Summer is here! The thought of stepping out at daytime itself is torturous. Now imagine going out while you are pregnant. If you can manage pregnancy during an Indian summer, then you pretty much can manage anything!
So, what can you do to beat the heat?
Dress right: Cotton and loose clothes to the rescue. Also, wear light clothes while going out. Avoid synthetic fabrics as much as possible.
Eat light: Eat freshly prepared and light food (as summers tend to spoil food faster). Space your meals and carry snacks ( like cut fruits and vegetables or dry fruits). Try to avoid greasy and oily food as much as possible.
Hydrate yourself: Water is your best friend in summers. Keep a bottle nearby at all times. Also, having juices ( watermelon, nimbu pani/lime juice, beetroot, carrot etc), buttermilk, fresh coconut water etc may also be a good way to stay nourished and hydrated.
Prepare yourself: Try staying indoors in afternoons as much as possible. When you step out – dress right, put on your sunscreen, wear your shades. Carry a dupatta or an umbrella if you need. Wear comfortable and breathable footwear. Use a battery operated or a hand fan if needed. Carry water always. Face wipes also come to help.
Prepare your surroundings:
- At home: See that your home is well ventilated and if the sun falls directly in any part of the house, use blinds (bamboo blinds work wonders in summers). If you are using a cooler/A.C., then see to it that it has been properly serviced.
- At work/Outdoors: See to it that you are not commuting in the sun for long and step outdoors before the sun is strong and after it sets. Sit in a well ventilated, cool and covered area.
- Using a multani pack (fuller’s earth) helps in cooling the skin and combating prickly heat (this can be used alone or with sandalwood powder).
- Take an old body mist bottle or a spray bottle and mix 1 part rose water and 3 parts clean water (you can refrigerate it also) and spray whenever you feel hot.
Bath frequency: Having an extra bath or two may help you feel refreshed and less sweaty.