Summer has finally arrived and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the good weather! Okay, so technically the calendar says it’s still Spring until mid June, but the warm temperatures in many parts of the country this week indicate summer weather is here to stay. If you’re pregnant, the good news is being outdoors and breathing fresh air is good for you and your baby-to-be. The bad news is you may have to take special care to stay cool and comfortable. With a few tips…it can still be a fun summer to remember while waiting for your little one to arrive.
- Stay hydrated. This is important for both you and the baby…sip water all day. Fresh fruits and vegetables also contain a lot of water and can help keep you hydrated. And for those of you who frequent Whole Foods or Trader Joes…have you tried coconut water? Coconut water is a natural gatorade and can help you stay hydrated and avoid leg cramps (it has as much potassium as three bananas!)
- Try to do outdoor tasks, such as gardening or walking outside early or late in the day (when the temperatures are cooler). The activity will do you good physically and mentally; just pace yourself and don’t over do it.
- Go to the pool and show off that bikini body! Seriously, I was always a little shy about going to the pool when it looked like I was hiding a beach ball under my cover up…but then I realized floating in the pool, I was weightless! It’s the best feeling while pregnant, not to mention the instant cool down.
- Wear light colored, light-weight clothing. And you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for fashion…cute maternity dresses look great and also help keep you cool. Don’t think you have to spend a lot to get summer pregnant chic…check out these essentials for under $30.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen. Your skin may become more sensitive during your pregnancy, so make sure you apply 20 minutes before being outdoors and reapply as necessary.
- Relax! When seated, try to prop feet to alleviate swelling. Also, take naps (with your feet up!). The longer days may mean you are not sleeping as much at night…try to sneak in naps to make sure you are getting enough rest.
- Minimize salt intake. The warmer temps can cause more swelling, especially while pregnant. Hold the salt on your virgin margarita.
- Ask for help. Although you may just think you only need help when the baby arrives, pregnancy can really drain you, especially when it’s hot outside. Don’t be afraid to ask for help cooking, cleaning, running errands, or watching your older kids.
- Schedule some fun. You don’t have to go to every barbeque…but try and pick a few and commit to them. It’s good for your growing baby if you relax and laugh a little…even if you have to sit down for the whole event.
It may seem too hot to enjoy, but the summer weather can be managed with a little planning. Have a great summer and stay cool!