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How to Enhance Your Summer Pregnancy Experience

pregnant-apple-orchard1.jpgYour summer pregnancy is an exciting time of your life. You have a lot of planning to do before the baby comes. The fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC have compiled some recommendations designed to enhance your summer pregnancy experience. Here’s the deal: From how to avoid heat exposure – to – implementing simple skin care tips, your summer pregnancy will be the best experience possible this summer.

Summer Sunshine Exposure

Staying out of the summer heat shouldn’t keep you from getting out and enjoying sunshine every day. Sunshine is very important during a summer pregnancy – with some limitations and precautions.

It can’t be emphasized enough: Sun exposure is your best source for vitamin D. UVB wavelength rays from sunlight produce vitamin D when they hit your exposed skin. A recent study confirms that vitamin D is safe for mom and baby. A prenatal recommended dosage of vitamin D for women is 4000 IUs daily. Most supplements only contain 400 IUs per dose. Why does this matter? A dosage of 4000 IUs of vitamin D daily has the greatest benefits in preventing preterm labor and birth defects. Sunlight generates your natural vitamin D production.

Summer Sun Exposure Limitations and Precautions

  • Perform outdoor tasks in the morning or evening – for example, taking out the garbage, watering plants, or walking the dog
  • Don’t perform outdoor activities during peak hours of sunshine – stay inside
  • Outside recreation should be delayed until the sun is lower and temperatures are cooler
  • Stay indoors when the outside temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or more
  • Enjoy a book or a craft in the shade – near a fan – in the air conditioning
  • Wear light-colored clothing – sheer fabric layering is best for easy removal
  • Wear comfortable, breathable, supportive shoes – avoid flip flops and high heels
  • Drink plenty of water and other healthy liquids to stay hydrated
  • A sports drinks or bottled water with electrolytes (Gatorade or SmartWater or Propel) will help
  • Carry a spray bottle of water with you at all times
  • Apply sunscreen with SPG of 15 or higher at least 10 minutes before exposing yourself to direct sunshine
  • Reapply sunscreen throughout the day
  • Take frequent, quick tepid showers to keep your body temperature down
  • Elevate your feet above your heart level to alleviate swelling
  • Minimize your salt intake to avoid water retention
  • Lie down for a rest or nap frequently
  • When you’re too tie to cook, clean, or run errands – ask for help
  • Watch what you eat at those summer cookouts – cold salads and BBQ meats left out in the sun for too long can make you nauseated
  • Give your daily calendar a break and put off those task that don’t absolutely have to be done during the summer

Summer Pregnancy Comfort Essentials

Summertime heat and humidity can be very uncomfortable and overwhelming to pregnant women. Some days and nights, you are always hot no matter how high the air conditioning is turned up. The good news is: In the warm summer months, snow, ice, and cold weather won’t limit mom and baby-on-board from getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

Skincare Precautions

When pregnant in the summer, women must protect their delicate skin. Bottom line: A pregnant woman’s skin is more susceptible to sun damage.

Dark Spots and Brown Patches

Melanin production is a natural response to a pregnant woman’s hormonal changes. This change is most prevalent in dark-skinned women and brunettes. Melanin is responsible for creating dark patches and brown patches on a pregnant woman’s upper body. You will need to protect your:

  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Upper Lip
  • Upper Chest

Prevention and Protection Tips

  • Keep your face and upper body out of direct sunlight exposure
  • Apply sunscreen multiple times a day even when in the shade
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside

Dry, Itchy, Flakey Skin

Pregnancy weight gain causes your skin to stretch and become dry. Summer sun and heat depletes your skin of needed moisture – inside and out. The good news: You can easily soothe and prevent itchiness with a little of daily self-pampering.

  • Use moisturizing shower products
  • Pat skin dry and apply lotions after showering
  • Soak in a tepid to warm – not hot – oatmeal bath
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe or recommend an OTC anti-itch cream

Annoying Heat Rash

A prickly heat rash known as miliaria is caused by a combination of heat and sweat. Miliaria occurs when two skin surfaces touch and rub – most commonly below your breasts.

  • Pat the area between skin folds dry immediately following a shower or bath
  • Keep a clean hand towel near you to soak up sweat between skin folds
  • Wear lighter, breathable fabrics like cotton that won’t stick to your skin
  • Ask your doctor to prescribe or recommend a medicated lotion or powder

More Helpful Summer Pregnancy Resources

With a little preparation and these simple recommendations, you’ll be able to keep cool and enjoy your summer pregnancy.

If you or someone close to you has been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant this summer, contact the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC. It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific medical and personal needs.

To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.

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