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.
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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