Summer pregnancies evoke images of flowy dresses, al fresco picnics, and nature walks. But what's not pictured is the strain of a burgeoning belly and the sweat of an overtaxed system. Being pregnant during the summer is both a blessing and a curse. Keep these five essential tips in mind to stay healthy and glowing throughout the summer season.
STAY COOL BETWEEN 10 & 2!
It is very important to avoid being outside for long periods of time between 10am and 2pm. During this four-hour stretch, the sun is at its highest intensity, increasing the dangers from the heat index and UV exposure. If you have outdoor activities or tasks that need to be done, try to accomplish your checklist during the morning and evening hours.
HYDRATION IS KEY.
Make sure to drink plenty of liquids to remain hydrated throughout the day. As your skin sweats, the quantity of electrolytes in your system declines. It’s important to remember to replenish your electrolytes often. Listed below are some examples of what you can do to keep cool and stay hydrated:
Drink continuously throughout the day (about 8-10 eight-ounce glasses of water is recommended). If plain water doesn't suit your taste buds, drink flavored seltzer water, juice, and sports drinks with electrolytes (such as Gatorade). And why not treat yourself to a mocktail at night?
Use a wet or frozen cloth and carry an ice-cold spray water bottle.
Go for a dip and have a light swim. Bonus: swimming helps relieve pressure off the sciatic nerve!
PROTECT THE SKIN.
Make sure you are applying sunscreen regularly throughout the day. The recommended value is SPF 30 or higher. Always apply about 20 minutes before you head out into the beaming sun, and reapply after 40 minutes of a water activity.
Listed below are some of our favorite sunscreens to wear while pregnant. All should be available at your local pharmacy or grocery store.
Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Broad Spectrum SPF 60+
Mineral Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB
Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 50+
Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32
WATCH THE SALT.
The summer season might look different this year, with fewer social events and summer holiday gatherings. But even if you eat all your meals at home, make sure to minimize your salt intake. BBQ and take-out foods tend to pack in the sodium. Elevate your feet to prevent swelling, and don’t forget to remove your rings!
DON’T FEEL BAD - JUST ASK!
As the mercury rises, the summer heat can definitely take a toll. When you're carrying a little one inside of you, every activity - from gardening and taking walks to nesting and shopping for groceries - becomes all the more exhausting! Ask for help if you’re too tired to cook, clean, or run errands. Your partner, family members, or close friends will surely be happy to lend a helping hand at a time like this.
With these five tips, we hope that you enjoy a wonderful summer before welcoming your little one!
With Warmth and Wellness,
Your EmmaWell Team