Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital Gynaecological Diseases and Obstetrics Specialist Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. underlined that the heat and humidity is unpleasant for most people and it can be even more challenging for pregnant women. Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. reminded that the body temperature during pregnancy is higher than normal and added that the heat coming from the outside may make them feel even more uncomfortable.
Ataçağ MD. said that women should keep out of the hot sun throughout pregnancy and stay in air-conditioned places and stated also that they can lower their body temperature by placing cold compress on their forehead or on the back of their neck.
Nutrition and Fluid Intake During Pregnancy
Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital Gynaecological Diseases and Obstetrics Specialist Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. stated that pregnant women should adopt a diet plan that is low in fat and sodium and high in summer vegetables and fruits. Ataçağ emphasized also the importance of fluid intake in order to maintain fluid and oxygen balance within the body during pregnancy and stated that except water, milk and orange juice are also good choices.
Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. said that “Doing exercise when you’re pregnant is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby! You can do physical activities such as walking, hiking and yoga as long as you do them at the right time. Avoid excessive activities and do not neglect resting after exercise”. She also reminded the benefits of swimming by adding that it will reduce the pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Dr. Suat Günsel University of Kyrenia Hospital Gynaecological Diseases and Obstetrics Specialist Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. said that women should choose light and cotton maternity clothes and comfortable shoes.
Gynaecological Diseases and Obstetrics Specialist Asst. Prof. Tijen Ataçağ MD. ended her statement by adding the following tips: ”Avoid exposure to high temperatures for a long period of time especially during midday hours and stay in air-conditioned areas. Use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. If you are experiencing dizziness, fatigue or excessive thirst drink cold water or electrolyte drinks and try to rest. If you are not starting to feel better you should consult your doctor. During pregnancy oedema or swelling in feet may occur. At the end of the day or at midday hours try to rest for 30-60 minutes. Place a pillow etc. under your legs. Prefer comfortable and half size large shoes. “