Keeping Your Cool in Summer Heat

PregnantSunSummer time can mean plenty of relaxing by the pool and soaking up the sun. But when you are pregnant, you need to stay vigilant about sun exposure and the effect it can have on your body.

Here are some tips for taking care of your skin and your baby bump in the sun:

SPF– Sunburns are uncomfortable enough when you aren’t pregnant. But during pregnancy, your skin can be extra sensitive. Use a minimum of SPF 30 and reapply every two hours, or anytime you get out of the water.

Cover Up– A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can be fashionable and keep you safe from UV rays. Look for a cute cover-up to throw on over your bathing suit when you aren’t in the pool. The sun’s rays are harshest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so try to use your cover ups and find shade whenever possible.

Hydrate– You should be drinking about 64 ounces of water per day. Make sure you bring plenty of water with you to the pool, since the sun can quickly dehydrate you.

Swimming– Swimming can be great exercise while you are pregnant, and can be soothing for a stressed mama. But make sure you never swim alone. Wear a waterproof watch or stay in view of a clock so you don’t stay in the direct sunlight for too long.

Warning Signs– If you feel dizzy, nauseous, light-headed or your heart feels like it is racing, get out of the sun and hydrate immediately. Dehydration and heat stroke can have an impact on your baby, so stay aware of your body’s signals regarding the heat.