Health Watch — Keeping Cool: Pregnancy and Exercise

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about keeping your cool in hot summer weather — something that’s especially important for pregnant women.

Dr. Diane Hughes, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the need to keep cool doesn’t mean that pregnant women don’t also need to maintain their health through exercise. First, talk to your doctor about developing an exercise plan for your pregnancy. If you exercise outdoors, do so in the cooler times of the day. Drink plenty of fluids and know the signs of overheating so you can stop. Beware of dizziness, racing pulse, nausea, confusion or high body temperature. Wear light clothing that wicks moisture away from the skin. Water may help  — swimming is good exercise that keeps you cool, and you can also stay cool by lounging in water or spraying yourself with water.


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