The Sunny Side of a Summer Pregnancy: 6 Tips

Heat and humidity, while unpleasant for most people, take a greater toll on pregnant women, so we have some pregnancy tips for you. When you're pregnant your body temperature is already a bit higher than normal, so added heat from the outside temperature is bound to make you feel uncomfortable.

So, as if you didn’t need one more thing to think about, you do need to remember that it is really hot out. I know you are smiling right now... like you need to be reminded that it is hot.

On the bright side, there's a definite plus to carrying during this time. Doctors say, delivering in a warm weather month means that both mom and baby will be able to get fresh air, which can be vitally important. With a little preparation and some simple tips, you'll be able to keep your cool -- and enjoy! -- your summer pregnancy.

PREGNANCY TIPS ON HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER

1. Get Some Outdoor Exercise
Walking and swimming are an expectant mama’s two best friends. Both are low-impact, provide great cardio benefits and are the perfect excuse to head outside for some fresh air. Walking is one of the very best forms of exercise during pregnancy because it can be done by women of all fitness levels and stages of pregnancy, and it qualifies as weight- bearing cardio. Another pregnancy tip: Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and bring plenty of water. And if it’s hot out, go early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.

2. Opt For Light And Cool Clothes
Maternity clothes have come a long way in the past several years. Now, adorable options abound for summer dresses, skirts, tank tops and bathing suits. Designers make affordable options that keep you feeling cool and looking great, no matter how far along you are. Consignment shops are also a great place to find good deals on gently-used maternity wardrobe staples.

Emphasize your new cleavage with empire-waisted tops. Cool off your feet by sporting a cute, inexpensive pair of flip-flops. Take advantage of the forgiving feel of flowing peasant skirts. Drape your belly in lightweight fabrics like cotton, linen, and silk. Experiment with different dress styles to see which looks and feels the best on your body that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

3. Stay Hydrated: Easy Hydration That Is Tasty Too
It’s essential to stay well hydrated throughout pregnancy (and beyond), but even more so in the hot temps of summer. Dehydration for a pregnant woman can happen without your even being aware there might be a problem. And worse yet, dehydration can occasionally predispose women to preterm labor, and so as a pregnant woman, you need to remember to be extra careful in the summer months. Keep hydrated!

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