Summer vacation recommendations for pregnant women

Summer vacation recommendations for pregnant women

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Memorial Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Op. Dr. Figen Taşer Güney offers advice to pregnant women to spend a comfortable summer period.

How does the heat affect mothers?

Physiological changes during pregnancy make mothers more sensitive to environmental conditions. During this period, body temperature increases. Especially in the first months of pregnancy, the complaints of fatigue may be more pronounced due to the loss of fluid caused by sweating. Hot summer months will be more challenging for mothers in the last months of pregnancy. Increased respiratory rate, shortness of breath, decrease in exercise capacity and intolerance to heat are more common due to the change in body and weight gain. In this case, it is recommended to consume plenty of water (approx. 2.5 liters / day) and not to go out, especially during hot noon hours. In these months, the hot hours of the day can be spent in air-conditioned environments, creating a more comfortable environment. Inadequacy in fluid intake may cause low blood pressure; Constipation, urinary tract problems and baby's amniotic fluid can also lead to a decrease in the amount.

What kind of clothes would you recommend wearing?

Light colored clothing made of non-synthetic fabrics and reflecting the heat should be preferred. Increased body temperature during pregnancy and decreased exertion capacity increase sweating. The choice of cotton, breathable clothing will protect mothers from skin fungi and genital fungi. Sweat-related skin problems that may occur with frequent showering and doctor recommended creams can be used with.

Can pregnant women travel?

It is one of the most frequently asked questions during the summer months. The risk of miscarriage in pregnancy, especially until the first ten weeks, is around 10%. Therefore, long and strenuous travels are not recommended in the first weeks of pregnancy and after 34 weeks of gestation. It is generally not a problem for a pregnant woman who has been followed without any problem during these periods. However, frequent stopovers should be given on long land trips. Long periods of immobility may cause edema of the legs and increase the risk of clot formation in the vessels. The use of varicose stockings on long road trips will reduce the risk. Pregnant women must wear a seat belt during the journey. Driving is not recommended after 24 weeks of gestation. There is no harm in pregnant women traveling by plane. However, it is necessary to get approval from the physician who is monitoring the pregnancy and keep a report stating the flight permit with the expectant mother. Although there is a flight permit after the 34th gestational week, some airlines do not accept pregnant women on board. On long flights, it should travel around the airplane and if possible, varicose stockings should be worn.

Is it inconvenient to enter the pool and sea during pregnancy?

It can be entered into the pool during pregnancy, but the pools must be clean and well maintained. Chemicals used in pool cleaning are absorbed from the skin. For this reason, the stay in the pool should not be long and must be showered when you leave. Stopping with a wet bathing suit causes infection of the fungi found in the genital flora and causes discharge and itching. This is the most common type of infection in pregnant women. A pregnant woman in the sea should not swim alone. Increased need for magnesium during pregnancy can cause cramps in the legs. Therefore it can be dangerous to swim deeper, especially alone. Hot hours should not be preferred for swimming.
In pregnant women, sensitivity to light increases due to hormonal changes in the body. Skin color darkens, new moles may occur. Especially freckles on the face increase and there may be spots called “pregnancy mask.. Therefore, they should be protected from sunlight and protective creams with at least 25 factors should be used.

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