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Published on June 18, 2015

Summer Safety When You Are Expecting

Pregnant woman on the beach in summer

Pregnant woman on the beach in summerThe summer months mean vacations, picnics and trips to the beach. It also means hotter temperatures and long days in the sun, which can be difficult when you are pregnant. However, expecting doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the summer fun. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind if you’re pregnant during the summer:

  • Drink lots of water. While it’s important to drink lots of water when you are pregnant, it is even more important to do so when the weather heats up. Staying hydrated will help reduce swelling and keep your body functioning properly. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times to ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the day.
  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight fabrics and loose clothing that isn’t restrictive. Stick to flowing dresses and loose tops that allow you to move freely. Choose materials that will allow your skin to breath and help avoid heat rash.
  • Do chores in the morning or at night. Try and avoid being overly active during the afternoon when the sun is at its peak and the temperatures are the highest. Doing activities when it is cooler will help prevent heat exhaustion and overexertion. Take it easy when the temperatures are high; it’s best for both you and your baby.
  • Wear sunscreen. If it isn’t already, make sunscreen a part of your daily regimen. Pregnant women are more prone to sunburn so it is essential to wear sunscreen every day.
  • Allow extra time when traveling. If you plan on taking any trips during your pregnancy, plan on adding some extra time when you can. You’ll need to factor in time for frequent bathroom stops and stretch breaks. If traveling by car, stop every hour or two and walk around. If you are on a plane, walk up and down the aisles after every hour you have been sitting. “Airplane travel increases the risk of developing blood clots so it is essential to move around every hour,” said Peter Roca MD, PIH Health obstetrician/gynecologist.

By taking the proper steps, you and your baby can enjoy the summer safely.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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