Summertime with its heat and long days sometimes seems a bit overwhelming to a pregnant mama. What sunscreen to use, how much water to drink, how do I manage swelling in my hands and feet – are some of the questions you ask yourself. Well, once you know the answer to those questions, you are free to full-out enjoy the beauty of the summer months and here is why:
1. SWIMMING! Oh the joy of submersing your beautifully pregnant body in a pool of water and releasing the heavy constraints of gravity. The many benefits of swimming include exercise, reduction of swelling and stress relief. Not to mention how great it feels to cool down your body especially since you are growing your own personal heater. To be clear, exercising in the pool does not need to involve swim caps and goggles. It is as easy as buying a cheap noodle or kick board and making your way back and forth across the pool for 20 minutes. Or maybe you’d prefer to walk in the pool. Go to a portion of the pool that is about waist to chest deep and take a stroll for 20 minutes. If you have toddlers or young children a good game of chase in the pool works wonders for your cardiovascular system which in turn strengthens your growing baby’s heart and lungs.
- But what about sunscreen? Fortunately there are groups hard at work finding out the best choices in skincare products. Visit this site to read about the best and worst sunscreens on the market.
- You can also wear a long-sleeved rash guard and hat to protect yourself.
- Hydration: A great guideline is ½ your body weight in ounces of clear liquid per day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs you need 75 ounces, or about ½ gallon, of water or other clear fluids daily. Electrolyte balancing drinks are also beneficial.
2. GARDENING! Summer is perfect time to hone your gardening skills. Gardening not only provides you delicious home-grown food and a lovely landscape, it also helps reduce depression and provides ample opportunities to practice squatting. And according the grande-dam of natural childbirth, Ina May Gaskin, “Squat 300 times a day, you're going to give birth quickly.” I will say that the landscapers in my midwifery practice follow this rule.
- Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after working in the soil to eliminate your risk of toxoplasmosis.
- Follow the same hydration guidelines and if it particular warm limit your gardening to the cooler times of day.
- Take precautions against mosquito bites by being fully covered or using your choice of mosquito repellant. This is a great article listing the most effective bug sprays including lemon eucalyptus!
3. MOVIES! What a great way to beat the heat and step into another world for a couple of hours. Summertime’s is blockbuster release season offers many opportunities to let go of your worries and escape into the big screen. And many local movie houses have amazing programs for the summer including all manner of movies old and new. Also, many theaters now offer anywhere from a limited to a full menu so take advantage of that and make it a whole experience. For the days you really want to relax find a theater with reclining seats and take it to the next level.
However you choose to pass the time during the dog days of summer remember to be gentle with yourself and keep breathing. You are growing a human from scratch after all!