Summer is such a great time, especially for those of us who live in an area that is cold in the winter and the vegetation goes into hibernation. Summer is warm, green and a time to celebrate the outdoors. With that celebration comes more time outside which means more time in the sun and heat. The precautions we should all take when it comes to the sun are the same when you are pregnant only now you need to me vigilant about those precautions.
Sensitivity to high temperatures, and sun exposure during pregnancy increase and can cause you to feel nauseas and sometimes faint. You may experience increased swelling of the feet, and become dehydrated more easily.
Overheating during pregnancy especially in the first trimester has been linked to problems with spinal development as well as minor changes to birth weight. You should not spend too much time sitting or lying in direct sunlight when outside try to stay in the shade as much as possible during peak sunlight hours (10 – 4pm).
Skin changes during pregnancy and becomes more sensitive; this is a side effect of the hormonal changes your body is going through. This increased sensitivity also extends to sun exposure. The additional estrogen in your body can increase the risk of dark spots usually on the forehead or across the nose when exposed to the sun. Sunscreen is a must, no less than SPF15.
Hydration during pregnancy is so important, if you are going to be in the heat for any length of time you should make a special effort to drink lots of liquids – preferably water. This will help to keep you cool and reduce swelling and water retention
Vitamin D is essential in helping our bodies absorb calcium for strong bone development, so everyone benefits from some sun exposure. Studies show we need about 15-20 minutes of direct sunlight each day, Don’t be afraid to get some sun just take a few sensible precautions on a daily basis and enjoy the benefits of the sun safely during your pregnancy.
Shoes with support! When you are pregnant and it’s hot out you will be tempted to throw on a pair of flip-flops, no ties, and no boundaries for those swollen feet. Take the time to invest in a cool and comfortable pair of shoes for the summer that provide you with good support, your body will thank you. There are a few new options out there if you can’t give up your flip-flops; Ohana Flip Flop By Olukai Inc is one, which offers some good support.
Sun Pregnancy Tool Kit should include:
- Water, lots of it
- Chair or Blanket
- Cool Comfortable Shoes, with good Support
Have fun; buy your self a parasol and a pretty fan, to help you conquer the summer heat. Enjoy your summer, relax read a book, enjoy this incredible journey.