Every summer, pregnant women are forced to battle the heat. Here are a few tips on staying cool and healthy – and looking good doing it!
1. Rock your bikini or whatever style swimsuit you decide is appropriate for you and your body. Your belly is gorgeous, and you should embrace the changes your body is going through. Don't hide it – flaunt it!
2. If you go to the pool or outside, apply sunscreen. You tend to burn more easily when you're pregnant. Wear a hat for extra sun protection – luckily there are plenty of cute styles to choose from.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking water is essential during pregnancy – especially on hot summer days when you sweat more.
4. Take advantage of the pool. Taking a dip can be therapeutic and help reduce swelling, joint discomfort and pelvic pressure. Water aerobics is also a great form of exercise for pregnant women.
5. Speaking of water: No, you can't ride on a jet ski or do other impact sports, like water skiing or boogie boarding. Don't put yourself in any situation where you are at risk of falling.
6. Take advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables, and add summer produce to your diet – it's good for you and good for your baby.
7. Be careful at picnics. During pregnancy you are at an increased risk for food poisoning. Avoid deli meat, soft cheeses and food that has been sitting out for any length of time.
8. If the second you step outside, the sweat starts dripping and the heat index is off the charts, stay inside and stay cool.
9. Traveling during the summer is fine, but if you are in your third trimester or later, consult your physician before embarking on a cross-country journey. Remember to walk around every two hours if traveling by car or plane. Moving improves blood flow in your body and prevents blood clots from forming in the legs and pelvis.