How To Stay Sun Safe: Pregnant Edition

Unfortunately, yesterday I went through an embarrassing situation. As embarrassing as it was, it was a lesson I needed to learn.

I was out and on my way to a meeting and while waiting for the bus, I started to get a little light headed. Since this isn’t my first pregnancy, I passed it off as my blood pressure being a little low. I stuck my head between my legs and let the cool breeze hit my face. As time went on, I realized that I was beginning to sweat profusely. I was no longer rocking that pregnancy glow but more of a human water fountain look.

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Even then, I kept on acting like everything was fine. My daughter, who was with me, noticed that something wasn’t right and began asking me over and over again, “Mommy are you alright?” I continued to reassure her that I was fine. We both knew I wasn’t fine. I couldn’t cool down, I was sweaty, extremely thirsty, nauseous, couldn’t breathe normally and knew that I was going to pass out.

Eventually someone came by and offered me some help. They gave me some of their water and I was able to recover before things got really bad. It turns out that I experienced heat exhaustion.

According to Webmd.com, heat exhaustion is an illness that can take place when you’re exposed to heat over a long period of time, and if often comes with dehydration. Believe me, it’s not a fun experience. Some of the symptoms include

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As a mother that is something that I would rather altogether avoid. Not just for me but for my daughter as well. Since the best defense is a good offense, the best way to avoid all of this in the first place (which is what I should’ve done) is to

  1. drink water
  2. wear loose clothing
  3. stay out of the sun when possible

The rules of engagements change when you’re pregnant. I’m speaking from experience. It’s not just about me anymore. I’ve got a toddler who looks up to me and I’ve got an unborn who depends on me to make the necessary choices to ensure both of our survival.

So maybe tanning won’t make it into this year’s summer to do list, but water parks are always fun. So that bandage dress may have to stay parked in the closet until the weather cools down but that’s ok. As long as both mommy and baby that’s all that matters.

How do you stay safe?

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