3. Stay hydrated
So important for whole-body health, we can’t stress this one enough. From boosting cervical fluid and prepping your body for blood tests, to keeping every system in your body functioning at its best, hydration is crucial.
We lose a huge amount of water from our bodies during the heat, so even if you’re not thirsty, refill your glass (unless, of course, your doctor has advised you otherwise). Check the color of your pee, too. It should be straw-coloured or clear, not cloudy and definitely not dark.
Alcohol and caffeine can increase dehydration, so be mindful with what you’re drinking, and if you leave the house, carry a bottle of water.
Adding a few natural electrolytes to your drink (a sprinkle of sea salt, squeeze of lemon or some cucumber will do the trick), or opting for coconut water can help to level up what you’ve lost in the heat, through increased sweating, or general dehydration.
A word on blood tests. Anyone undergoing fertility treatment or early pregnancy assessments will know that feeling of becoming a pin cushion. Blood tests are very much on the agenda, and hydration should be too.
If you’re dehydrated, it’s more difficult for the nurse or lab technician to draw blood, and you’re more at risk from discomfort, feeling nauseous or even fainting. So get those fluid levels up.
4. Avoid heat exhaustion
Heat stroke and exhaustion are no joke, especially in early pregnancy or the two week wait. A few heat exhaustion symptoms can be confused with signs of early pregnancy, from dizziness and nausea to sweating, feeling clammy, raised pulse and thirst.
But heat exhaustion does tend to come with a few other symptoms less-associated with pregnancy, including confusion, cramps in arms and legs, and a temperature above 100.4F or 38 degrees C. Thirst levels will also be much more intense.
Avoid heat exhaustion at all costs, by actioning the tips we’ve covered above. And if it does happen, the priority will be to cool and lie down with your feet up, drinking frequent small sips of water to rehydrate without shocking your body.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Know the symptoms (they’re different to heat exhaustion) and call 911 (USA) or 999 (UK), if it strikes.
5. Keep your next of kin on speed-dial
From heat exhaustion to heat stroke, or just feeling dizzy on the tube or subway, whilst it’s hot, keep your partner, or a trusted friend or family member on call.
Fertility treatments, the two week wait and early pregnancy can be challenging to navigate (not always, but often), and you’ll want your support network on hand to help, if you feel unwell or anxious.
We recommend letting someone know if you’re about to start a tricky commute, so they can check that you’ve arrived safely. The same goes for appointments like blood tests or fertility treatments – if you’re going alone, make sure your next of kin are prepped to check in.
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