Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Summer is now officially in full swing. Can you believe that the 4th of July is just around the corner?! We wish the winter months would fly by as summer seems to! Even though we love so many things about summer, now that you are preggers there are somethings that you need to consider in order to keep yourself healthy during these warm months:
* Travel- as great as it is to take those summer trips, if you are getting on in your pregnancy, it might be best to check with your medical provider about your destination. It is always better safe than sorry!
*Sunscreen safety- expecting moms should pay attention to the ingredients listed in their sunscreen because some have harmful chemicals that could pose an increased risk of birth defects according to a recent study published by Consumer Reports. For more info check out this link: http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/05/new-advice-for-pregnant-women-when-choosing-sunscreens.html
*Summer heat- while we love the hot weather, it can pose additional discomfort due to dehydration and other heat related illnesses. Be sure to keep hydrated and do not over exert yourself. If you are feeling a little lightheaded, fast breathing, or any bizarre symptoms get inside and seek medical assistance immediately.
*Stay indoors and in air conditioning as much as possible. A simple fan will not prevent heat related illnesses.
*Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing to help avoid sweating so that you prevent an additional loss of body fluids and another cause of overheating.
Though it might seem like there are a million things to worry about when you are pregnant, know that it is best to be prepared so that you could have a healthy and happy summer!
The Moody Mamas