We've rounded up 14 easy tips for keeping cool and staying healthy all summer long.
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During pregnancy, women should be especially cautious about sun exposure because it can cause overheating and dehydration, says Millard H. Zisser, M.D., an emeritus assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles and a dermatologist in private practice.
Walk This Way
Walking is the one workout that suits pregnant women of all different fitness levels. It's as gentle or as challenging as you need it to be. It requires no investment (all you really need is a good pair of shoes and a water bottle).
Go for a Dip
While everyone can benefit from low-impact workouts that are easier on the joints, exercising in water is ideal for expectant moms, says Sara Kooperman, who developed her nationally known Water in Motion program that incorporates yoga, Pilates and dance moves after she injured her back in a skiing accident.
While we fully support the decision to bare your baby bump, sometimes a bikini just feels too revealing!
Get into the Kitchen
Between the rising temperatures and your growing belly, chances are you're struggling to keep your cool these days! So step away from your oven and stovetop, and whip up these delicious dishes.
Turn on the Grill
A fun technique to play with on the grill is cooking on wood planks. They work incredibly well for fish that can sometimes stick or fall apart on grill grates.
Don't let mercury and PCBs scare you off all seafood. Cold water fish is one of the best sources of Omega 3's—key to your baby's brain development and a healthy pregnancy for you!
Sip on a Smoothie
The summer season brings with it fresh, sun-ripened fruits and vegetables. With those simple pleasures also comes heat—which, if you're pregnant, can increase feelings of nausea. The solution? Cool, refreshing smoothies that you can make in a flash.
Go with the Flow
A beautiful breezy dress is a summer staple! Beat the heat (without breaking the bank!) with these stylish maternity dresses.
Have a Snack
Hydrating adequately before, during and after workouts during the summer months is very important for the safety of pregnant women and their babies. But, research has shown that most adults get about 25% of their fluid intake from foods containing water.
If you're already sweating while you're brushing your teeth, how are you going to make it through your workouts this summer?
Don't fret. If you feel up to it, you can still continue to exercise during the hot summer months by making some modifications.
Embrace Your Bump
There are actually some great reasons to be pregnant during the summer season. Some are obvious, but some might not have occurred to you. So put on your cutest summer maternity dress and check out the sunny side of a summer pregnancy.
Now that summer's in full swing, chances are there's a backyard barbecue (or three!) on the calendar. But before you fire up that grill or fill up your plate, remember that some of your favorite dishes may be risky for moms-to-be.
Relax with a Mocktail
You might have to pass on the traditional umbrella drinks this summer, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy sipping on these mocktails.