Summer has arrived, and your new baby will be here soon, too. But the warm weather months sometimes introduce an element of stress into many women’s pregnancy experience.
Bug bites, dehydration, sunburns and even your favorite foods at the seafood restaurant frequented by you and your family can result in uncomfortable and even dangerous situations.
But at no time in life is taking care of your body more critical than when you are pregnant.
Steps to Protect You and Your Baby
Don’t worry. You don’t have to live in a bubble while everyone else is splashing around the pool and having carefree fun. Little changes in your lifestyle can ensure that you enjoy the summer season, too.
- Smart hydration—Drinking plenty of water is important for everyone, as it makes up most of our bodies and keeps them functioning at the highest level. Proper water intake is also critical as your baby develops in the womb, playing a significant role in the development of the placenta and amniotic sac. Ensure that you and your baby stay well-hydrated and take in lots of water all day, every day, especially when you spend time exercising or in the sun.
- Sun safety—Sunscreen is a must for all people, not just pregnant women. And the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you slather on sunscreen that has a broad spectrum sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 to help prevent sunburn as well as reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Talk with your doctor about safe sunscreen usage when you are pregnant, as you may want to avoid products containing retinol. Staying in the shade and wearing hats and light clothing with long sleeves is also a good idea.
- Pest protection—Nothing ruins fun faster than itchy bug bites. And mosquitoes may also carry harmful viruses. Protect your precious skin and your baby’s health by choosing plant-derived mosquito repellents containing ingredients such as picaridin and PMD, which is developed using lemon eucalyptus oil. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of mosquito repellent containing DEET permethrin, which can be very effective agents to keep mosquitoes away from your skin.