Summer Pregnancy Guide
Oh baby! Summer is heating up, and your pregnant belly is growing. With the onslaught of rising temperatures and bright summer sun, you may be wondering how you are going to spend those few months, what you are going to wear, where you’re going to go, the list goes on. Here are some tips to enjoy your summer, while also staying cool and comfortable.
Throw on Those Tanks!
Put away those winter clothes, and break out those flowy or slim-fitting tank tops. Show off that beautiful baby belly, while staying cool. Add a sundress or two to your wardrobe to complete your summer fashion. You’ll be happy you did!
Water you talking about? Drinking water and staying hydrated is crucial, especially during the summer months. Stick to at least 6-8 glasses a day. Getting dehydrated can worsen your pregnancy pains like swelling, and can also trigger contractions, which can lead to preterm labor. Throw a slice of orange in or a splash of pomegranate if you are getting sick of the water taste. You can also add some healthy snacks to the mix – water-rich fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe and cucumber can help keep you hydrated as well.
Some Flip Flops are Flops
Everyone loves strutting around in their favorite flip flops in the summer. It’s the ultimate breather for your feet, having been pent up all fall and winter long. However, some flip flops aren’t exactly the ideal shoe for pregnant women. Some don’t offer any sort of arch support, which is needed. Pregnant women are carrying a lot more weight than usual; thus, ligaments and tendons are going to stretch to compensate. Extra pressure increases the risk of pain, swelling, flat feet, and tendinitis. You will feel it in your feet. Find a flip flop or sandal that has nice arch support – your feet will thank you!
Protect Your Skin from the Summer Sun
For all of you beach-goers out there, you know the importance of sunscreen. As a kid, you are told to apply and reapply and reapply again. The same is true as you get older, and especially when you are pregnant. Those higher levels of estrogen make your body more prone to dark patches on your skin called melasma. To prevent any discoloration, use an SPF of at least 50. Throw on a cover-up if you’re feeling anxious. Lastly, be sure to avoid direct sunlight – it isn’t good for anyone!
Take a Trip!
Every couple needs a little rest and relaxation before the baby comes. Enjoy a weekend away, or spend a week at your favorite beach. In this stress-free environment, you can truly relax and pamper yourself. Spend a day at the spa, enjoy a nice dinner, or take a stroll in town. You deserve it.
Summer is quickly approaching! With a baby on board, you need to relax, and enjoy your summer. Stay cool, comfortable, and confident in your clothes. But most of all, soak up the sun (with sunscreen of course)!