With summer around the corner many people are planning vacations and barbecues. If you have a baby bump or developing a baby bump, you might have different plans this summer. Summer pregnancies can be both a blessing and a curse. It’s monetarily cheaper being as though you don’t have to buy any winter coats or jackets. On the flipside, the heat can exaggerate pregnancy symptoms and concerns. For some women, morning sickness can kick into high gear and occur more often than just the morning. Being pregnant makes your body feel hot enough and the summer heat can add to your discomfort. However, there are a few good things about being pregnant in the summer.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance during the summer. Fruit and vegetables provide energy giving carbohydrates and filling fiber. Plus, warmer weather makes women want to eat cooler & healthier foods. Who wants to stand over a hot stove when it’s 95 degrees outside? This is the time for raw fruits, vegetables, and salads with lean protein. Let’s not forget the sun provides a great source of Vitamin D. Make sure to apply sunscreen and soak up some rays a few minutes a day. Vitamin D is essential to pregnancy. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to preeclampsia, bacterial vaginosis, and a higher risk of gestational diabetes. In other words, have fun in the sun while collecting Vitamin D. Down below you will find other tips that will help you get through your summer pregnancy.
Summer Pregnancy Tips
- Do outdoor tasks in the morning or evening when the temperatures drop. Anything over 90 degrees, pregnant women are advised to stay indoors. Stay near a fan or air conditioner.
- Wear light-colored clothing. Dark colors attract & hold sunlight making you hotter, while light colors reflect sunlight.
- Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Pregnant women must take extra caution to avoid dehydration during the summer months. Dehydration can lead to preterm labor. Drink plenty of water. Don’t be afraid to drink sports drinks either. Sports drinks provide essential electrolytes that help replace lost salt and retain fluid.
- Carry a spray bottle of water. Mist yourself with some water to help combat the heat. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a breeze and experience a real cool-down.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Make sure to reapply throughout the day if you plan on being outdoors for a while.
- If the heat makes your feet swell more than normal for your pregnancy, make sure to prop your feet up. Minimizing your salt intake can also reduce swelling.
- Ask for help if you’re too tired to cook, clean, or run errands. Don’t hesitate to clear your schedule for self-care. If it doesn’t have to be done by you at this moment….. DON’T DO IT!