How to stay safe in the heat if you’re pregnant

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The UK has seen very hot temperatures over the past week, with some days seeing over 30C temperatures.

The heat can be very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous for pregnant women, as pregnancy causes blood pressure to drop causing the person to faint.

Feeling faint or lightheaded is the main sign that you may be dehydrated, so it’s very important to make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids.

Women who are pregnant are also more likely to have contractions and general aches and pains when they are not well hydrated.

READ MORE: How to keep babies cool and get them to sleep in the hot weather

What to do in the heat if you’re pregnant 

Stay in the shade especially between 11am and 3pm

Drink as much water as you can or alternatively crunch ice, have lolly ices or slush 

If your walking in the heat take regular breaks and make sure your feet are elevated 

Get a fan if you are stuck in a none air conditioned office

Take regular breaks in work

Wear loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes

Sleep with widows open or a fan on wear cotton nightwear and ditch the duvet in favour of a cotton sheet. 

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