Summers in Texas are known for their intense heat, with temperatures often soaring above 100 degrees. For surrogates, managing pregnancy during this sweltering season requires extra precautions to ensure their health and the well-being of the baby they are carrying. Here are some tips on how to keep you and your baby safe during the high temps.

Texas summers can pose several challenges for pregnant women, including dehydration, heat exhaustion, swelling, and fatigue.

Tips for Staying Cool and Healthy

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is crucial. Aim for at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, more if you are outside or sweating a lot. Electrolyte drinks can also help maintain proper hydration levels, but avoid those high in sugar.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made of breathable fabrics like cotton. Light-colored clothes reflect the sun’s rays better than dark colors, helping to keep your body cool.
  3. Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Try to stay indoors during the hottest parts of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you need to be outside, seek shade whenever possible and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  4. Use Sunscreen: Protect your skin with a high-SPF sunscreen to prevent sunburn, which can make it even harder for your body to stay cool. Reapply frequently, especially if you are sweating or swimming.
  5. Stay Cool Indoors: Use air conditioning or fans to keep your home cool. If your home is not air-conditioned, consider spending time in public places with air conditioning, such as malls or libraries.
  6. Cool Showers and Baths: Taking cool showers or baths can help lower your body temperature. You can also use damp, cool washcloths on your neck, wrists, and forehead to stay cool.
  7. Monitor Your Health: Pay close attention to your body. Signs of dehydration include dark urine, dizziness, and a rapid heartbeat. If you experience symptoms of heat exhaustion, such as heavy sweating, weakness, or nausea, move to a cooler place, drink water, and seek medical attention if necessary.
  8. Modify Physical Activity: Adjust your exercise routine to avoid the heat. Opt for indoor exercises such as prenatal yoga or swimming, which can help keep you cool while providing a gentle workout.
  9. Listen to Your Body: Pregnancy is a time to prioritize self-care. Rest when you need to, and don’t hesitate to take a break if you feel overheated or fatigued.

Emotional Well-being

The heat can also take a toll on your emotional well-being. Feeling uncomfortable and overheated can lead to irritability and stress. Engage in relaxing activities such as reading, meditating, or spending time with loved ones. Staying connected with your support network can help you manage stress and maintain a positive outlook. Remember to listen to your body and prioritize your well-being, ensuring a safe and healthy surrogacy journey for both you and the baby you are carrying.

Shared Conception is here for you every single step of the way in your surrogacy journey. Let us answer any questions you may have. Contact Shared Conception at 713-622-1144 or through our website.