It's no secret that pregnant women are often very hot. This is due to the hormone progesterone, which causes the temperature in the body to rise.
However, while your body is preparing to carry a baby, it can be hard to get through the summer with swollen feet and sweat pouring down your body.
Read here how to get through the hot days more easily
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Why pregnant women sweat more
Sweat pours down your back after you've carried the shopping bags up. You don't feel less like a whale when you're snorting and sweating at the same time.
Why it happens: The hormone progesterone, which is also present during menstruation, causes the temperature in the body to rise. At the same time, the pregnant body is better at getting rid of heat, and therefore sweats more.
What you can do: Cool down with a footbath and stick to shady areas if you're out. Eat some fizzy drinks and don't wear tight, uncomfortable clothes.
Most of all, take care of yourself and remember that your body is working overtime. So let Daddy do the heavy shopping - as a pregnant woman, you're legally excused.
When you have water in your body
Over 80% of pregnant women suffer from water retention. Some feel it only slightly at the end of pregnancy, while others are very affected by it.
Why it happens: Water in the body is caused by hormonal changes, but also by the large uterus making it harder for fluid to drain back from the lower body. Fluid is therefore squeezed out of the veins and into the fluid. That's why it's usually worst on the legs and feet.
What you can do: The best thing you can do is lie down with your legs up. This gives the fluid a chance to drain away from your lower body. For example, lie on the floor with your legs up on a chair.
A dip in the pool or the sea is one of the best things you can do. As well as being pleasant and cooling the body, the pressure of the water also causes the fluid to be drawn back into the veins, so you can pee it out.
If you're flying during your summer holidays
If you're flying pregnant, the first thing to do is check with your airline how far along you can be. Most airlines will not fly women who are over 36 weeks. Remember this also applies to the return journey.
Exercise on the plane: On board the plane, you'll have to stand up once an hour and walk up and down a few times at a time. There are limited opportunities for exercise on the plane, but make sure you get some movement in your legs. Rotate your ankles and keep your weight on alternating heels and toes. This gets the blood flowing again and minimises swollen legs and the risk of blood clots. Also drink plenty of fluids.
Can I sunbathe?
Your skin becomes more sensitive when you're pregnant. There is a greater risk of pigment changes, among other things, becoming permanent.
It is therefore a good idea to use a stronger sunscreen than usual when you are pregnant. If you're going to the South, it should be factor 50+.
Remember to rest
When you are pregnant in the summer heat, remember to rest as much as possible. Your body is working at full speed and you are actually growing a little human inside your belly. So take a nap with a clear conscience.
Chief physician and Professor Bente Klarlund (Politiken.dk)
Midwife Gitte Dencker (Our Children)
The Midwives' Association