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Stay cool exercising pregnant

Barbara Barontini King Features Syndicate

Summer’s heat and humidity can make anyone uncomfortable, and that’s especially true for pregnant women. Although the hormonal changes that accompany pregnancy can make women less able to regulate body temperature, exercise is still important during pregnancy, even in the hot summer months.

You can develop a safe summer exercise plan during your pregnancy with these tips from Dr. Diane Hughes, an obstetrician/gynecologist at UT Southwest Medical Center.

“First, talk with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. If you plan to take your workout outdoors, do it during the coolest parts of the day. Remember, pregnant women should avoid overheating, especially during the first few months of pregnancy.

“On a similar note, stay hydrated — drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. Cold treats like frozen fruit pops are a refreshing alternative, but avoid ingredients with added sugar.

“In addition to drinking enough water, don’t forget to get in the water too. Swimming is a great way to exercise while staying cool.

“And make sure your workout clothes will keep you cool. Wear loose, light-colored clothing in natural fibers.

“Finally, know the warning signs of too much exercise. If you begin to feel sick during a workout, stop immediately. Don’t hesitate to seek medical help if you experience a racing pulse, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision, vaginal bleeding, confusion or a temperature above 100.4 degrees F.

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