Pregnant? Wondering how you’ll survive the summer? Don’t worry, these 10 Tips for a Summer Pregnancy will help you stay calm and cool while you’re waiting to meet your little one!
1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
When you’re pregnant, it’s especially important to make sure you’re drinking enough water for you and baby — and during the summer, that becomes even more vital when you’re sweating away all those vital nutrients. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and try some fruit-infused water to switch things up a bit.
2. Put those feet up!
Women’s feet go through changes during pregnancy. Did you know that besides the hips, the feet are the only other body part that stretches while you’re pregnant? Getting off your feet helps ease swelling and discomfort.
3. Get MaternaSole™
When you can’t stay off your feet, try using MaternaSole™ in your shoes to help your feet — and back — feel better. These inserts were designed specifically for pregnant women and can help alleviate lower back pain. Make good use of them!
4. Pamper those feet!
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t feel cute! Summer is the perfect excuse to get yourself a pedicure with a fresh polish color and a new cute pair (or three) of shoes. You’ll need sandals for moments on the beach, sneakers for walking around, comfy flat work shoes…oh, the possibilities!
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of weightlessness that being submerged in water brings to a woman weighted down while growing a baby (or two or three) inside her. Swimming — or at least floating around in the water — relieves pressure and pain in your back from standing on your feet. Plus, it’s just refreshing!
6. Eat your fruits & veggies.
Your mom was right when she told you to eat your veggies, but it’s even more important to do so when you’re pregnant. Plus, veggies and fruits are low-calorie options with a lot of flavor — and nutrients — and are perfect for summer. Did you know watermelon is packed full of B vitamins, which help with energy?
7. Find some shade.
Since not all sunscreens are deemed safe to slather on while pregnant, make sure you’re covered up when you’re outside. Grab a fun hat with a wide brim and some trendy sunglasses to protect your face. If you are outside, limit exposure and avoid being outside when rays are strongest between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
8. Rest often.
Your body is going through plenty of changes right now that are exhausting, even if you don’t realize it. It’s easy to over-exert yourself, especially in the summer heat, so make sure you’re sitting down to rest with some water regularly.
9. Wear light clothing.
And we mean light as in light-colored AND light as in not-heavy. Wearing light colors helps to reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb it like darker colors would and wearing a flowy dress or thin cotton top allows your skin to breathe and stay cool.
10. Get a massage.
Find someone who specializes in prenatal massage and enjoy the wonders of relaxation — along with some pain relief. A massage shouldn’t be a splurge when you’re pregnant, it should be a requirement: You’ve earned it!