Summer Pregnancy? Keep Your Cool!
Summer heat can be especially hard on you when you are expecting. For your own comfort, and for the health of your baby, it is important to stay cool. Following are some tips to help you “chill out” and stay healthy this summer.
* Drink lots of fluids and be sure to limit coffee and tea as these tend to cause dehydration. Soft drinks and “juice” drinks provide few cooling benefits. Water remains the ideal choice.
* When you are outside, stay in the shade. Try to limit your outside time to the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning, late afternoon, and evening.
* Be sure to change right after swimming. Lingering in a wet suit can cause vaginal infections.
* Stay out of lakes in the summer, especially if the lake is low. This can help you avoid the risk of “duck itch.”
* Exercise is good when you are pregnant, especially swimming and walking, but avoid exertion during the hottest hours of the day.
* Running cool water over your wrists and applying a cool cloth to your neck and temples can help you cool down if you feel overheated.
* Obtain an air conditioner for your bedroom; if you are home all the time, you might also want to look into a unit for the room where you spend the most time. Portable units that can easily be moved from room to room might also be a good choice.
* Keep your house as cool at night as possible by drawing shades during the hottest part of the day, then opening them at night to let cool air flow through the house. Some folks close their windows during the day, sealing in the cooler morning air, then open the windows during the evening.
* During the cooler evening hours, be sure to open the windows that allow the most air flow.
* Stay off your feet as much as possible during the hottest weather to avoid swelling.
What You Should Know About Zika
Zika is a virus that is spread by mosquito bites. It causes fever, rash, joint aches and conjunctivitis or “red eye.” It is currently occurring in Central America, northern South America (especially in Brazil), and in the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In most people, Zika is not of great concern, with symptoms usually abating in a few days to a week. However, in pregnant women or women trying to become pregnant, Zika is a more serious issue.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that Zika is transmitted from the mother to the unborn child and can cause serious birth defects, including microcephaly, and termination of pregnancy. For this reason, pregnant women in any trimester are advised NOT to travel to any regions where Zika is being reported. The CDC also cautions that women trying to become pregnant, and their partners, should also avoid areas where Zika is present as the virus is believed to also be transferred during sexual intercourse.
If travel to regions where Zika is present is unavoidable, the CDC urges women to first consult with their healthcare provider before making the trip, and to then take the strictest precautions for avoiding mosquito bites.
If you are pregnant and have recently been to a region where a Zika outbreak has occurred or is now occurring, see your doctor even if you do not have symptoms. Your provider will then determine whether you or your unborn baby should undergo certain tests.
If you believe you had Zika at some point, but are now well, you should also see your doctor right away.
The CDC also emphasizes that Zika is spreading, so the areas where it may be found will be constantly changing. If you are pregnant and planning to travel (or are trying to become pregnant), visit the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/zika first to see if Zika has been detected in the areas you are planning to visit.
The Dangers of Marijuana During Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
With the recent legalization of medical marijuana in a number of states, there has been the incorrect assumption that marijuana must be safe to smoke during pregnancy. However, this is not the case. Marijuana is still a drug, and a drug with known harmful side effects to developing babies.
Medical research has shown that the chemicals in marijuana influence brain maturation.
Babies born to women who used marijuana during their pregnancies respond differently to visual stimuli, tremble more, and have a high-pitched cry, which may indicate problems with neurological development. As marijuana-exposed children reach school age, they tend to have difficulty with problem-solving skills, memory and the ability to remain attentive.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, breast-feeding mothers should also be leery of using marijuana as research suggests that THC is secreted into breast milk in moderate amounts. These amounts could also be harmful to a baby’s developing brain.
While marijuana may have positive uses in aiding certain medical conditions, it is still a drug that can put your baby’s healthy development at risk.
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