Even though the average temperature near Beverly Hills doesn’t top 80 during the summer months, it can feel toasty, particularly if you’re becoming a surrogate. The increased blood volume during pregnancy paired with the uptick in metabolic rate during the latter months, added on top of the extra weight can make the 80s feel much, much, hotter. Not to worry, though. It’s easy to keep cool if you follow the tips outlined here.
It probably goes without saying, but staying hydrated is your best line of defense against the heat. Many experts suggest drinking eight 8-ounce glasses a day, plus an extra glass each hour you’re outdoors. Other sources say the eight glasses rule is a myth. What you should focus on is keeping cool water with you and sipping on it throughout the day. If you feel good, aren’t thirsty, and don’t have a dry mouth, chances are you’re taking in the right amount for you.
Plan Your Day Strategically
If you’re lucky enough to have a flexible schedule, try to get things done in the morning hours and wrap up around lunchtime. This way, you can avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
Seek Indoor Activities
California is known for its natural beauty, particularly when it comes to the coastline, beaches, and rolling hills. Most areas are perfect for walking, biking, and swimming. If you were active before pregnancy, but find the heat too much to contend with during, find indoor actives. While formal classes like prenatal yoga may be a good fit, you can also walk inside one of the many malls, museums, or galleries to stay active and keep cool at the same time.
Make Use of Wet Washcloths and Mister Bottles
Cool wet washcloths draped over the back of your neck actually catch the blood as it circulates, making you feel cooler overall. Whitson Gordon of Lifehacker suggests that you take advantage of other “pulse points” such as the back of the knees and elbows when you’re lounging as well. Misters don’t work quite as well, but they can help you feel a bit better, particularly id you keep a bottle in the fridge and give yourself a spritz as needed.
Wear Loose-Fitting Natural Fibers
Natural fibers like cotton and linen breathe better, so you’ll stay cooler. For the best results, select clothing that’s loose-fitting and go with lighter colors that reflect the sun’s heat rather than absorbing it.
Hit the Pool or Beach
It normally feels cooler as you head toward the coastline. For example, Santa Monica’s summer temps average 70 or less—a full 10 degrees cooler than Beverly Hills. If you can’t make it to a beach, a pool is also a great option. Wear a comfy maternity suit, load up on the sunscreen, and toss on a hat and sunglasses for protection.
Interested in Becoming a Surrogate? Contact EDSI
If you’re interested in becoming a surrogate, EDSI will help make sure you’re taken care of. We work with intended parents and surrogates to create pairings who work together well as a team, so the experience is enjoyable and smooth. We also see to all the details, from legal paperwork through payments, so you can relax and focus on having a healthy pregnancy. To find out if you’re a candidate, review our surrogate information and contact us when you’re ready to move forward.
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