My first baby was born in August. After that, I promised myself that in the future, I would plan to avoid being pregnant during the heat of summer.
My second baby was born in July. Clearly, I’m not the best planner.
Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to stay healthy and comfortable during a summer pregnancy. The team of nurses at The Pregnancy Network’s Winston-Salem location shared these tips to help you not only get through the summer, but also enjoy this special season of motherhood.
6 Summer Pregnancy Tips
Kristen Gish, RN emphasized the importance of drinking enough water. “Stay hydrated. Everyone needs 8-10 glasses of water a day but if you’re out in the sun or exercising, you will need more.” Hannah Booker, RN agreed: “Water, water, water! Keep some with you at all times, and don’t give dehydration the opportunity to sneak up on you.”
2. Keep Cool
Tiffany Hanes, RN shared these tips: “Pack a spray bottle with cool water. This is a trick I learned while at Disney World in July, and it works great. You can also place a cooling towel over your forehead or baby bump to cool down.” She also advised using a fan to circulate cool air whenever possible.
3. Wear Sunscreen
“Pregnant women can have more sensitive skin, so limit your exposure to sunlight. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen with a high SPF,” Tiffany advised. Kristen added, “When possible, avoid direct sunlight during the peak hours (10 AM – 4 PM).”
4. Eat Fruits & Veggies
“Make eating healthy a priority. It’s normal to have a decreased appetite during hot weather; choose light and healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables to give you a boost. My favorites are watermelon, a fresh smoothie or fruit-based popsicles,” Kristen noted. “There’s also no better time like the summer to take advantage of some of the fresh, nutritious fruits and veggies that are in season,” Hannah agreed. Tiffany also noted, “cutting down on hot or spicy foods can be beneficial.”
5. Plan a Pool Day
Kristen encouraged, “Enjoy the pool! Not only does the water keep you cool, but research suggests swimming can reduce swelling in the feet and ease back pain.”
6. Be Smart About Time Outdoors
“Enjoy the outdoors in comfortable environments where you have the opportunity to cool off when needed,” Hannah advised. Kristen also suggested that it’s helpful to “dress in loose clothing or wear a hat.” She also cautioned working out outdoors, “be smart about exercising in the heat. Working out indoors is a great option!”
Guide for a Healthy Pregnancy
For more information that will help you have a healthy, comfortable pregnancy, check out our free Pregnancy 101 class. This group class will equip you with essentials for having a healthy pregnancy and delivery. This class is facilitated by a trained advocate and guest speakers who are professionals in their fields. Class topics include: healthy eating, labor and delivery, breastfeeding, and more.
At the end of each class you attend, you will receive a gift from us. Gifts may include: diapers and wipes, baby and maternity clothes, bottles, furniture, and more.
The Pregnancy Network’s next Pregnancy 101 class session begins in August. Call us today or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!