Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide

We've rounded up 14 easy tips for keeping cool and staying healthy all summer long.

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Protect Yourself

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.

>> Click through for our summer safety guide

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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).

>>Click through for a guide to the perfect walking workout

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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.

>>Click through to stay in shape with our water baby workout

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Suit Up

While we fully support the decision to bare your baby bump, sometimes a bikini just feels too revealing!

>>Click through for 9 flattering maternity tankinis

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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.

>>Click through for 3 nutritious, no-cook, no-bake recipes

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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!

>>Click through to get the recipe for BBQ Cedar Plank Salmon

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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.

>>Click through for 8 quick and healthy smoothie recipes

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Take a Babymoon

Though your head may be spinning—and your wallet getting thinner—as you plan for baby, it's important to set aside some time to reconnect with your partner and enjoy time alone before the big day.

>>Click through for our top 10 pregnancy escapes

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Go with the Flow

A beautiful breezy dress is a summer staple! Beat the heat (without breaking the bank!) with these stylish maternity dresses.

>>Click through for 10 summer maternity dresses under $75

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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.

>> Click through for 9 tasty snack ideas for warm-weather workouts

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Stay Safe

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.

>> Click through for 5 tips on how to exercise in the heat

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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.

>> Click through for 7 reasons it's great to be pregnant during summer

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Backyard Barbecues

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.

>> Click through for the pregnant woman's guide to barbecues

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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.

>> Click through for 8 refreshing summer mocktails


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