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Keep Cool During Your Summer Pregnancy

Whether you're in your first, second or third trimester during the hot months of summer, you'll notice an extra sensitivity to the heat that might make you uncomfortable—and just plain cranky. While you can't avoid the outdoors entirely, especially if you have other kiddos who are eager to get to the pool, you can make the elements a bit more tolerable with some hot weather pregnancy tips.

Drink lots of water.

Yes, it'll make you run to the bathroom even more than you already do, but keeping hydrated is important in the summer, and even more so when you're hydrating for two. Good ol' fashioned water is best. But if you're not a water fan, try dressing it up with sliced fruit, like oranges, lemons or strawberries. You can also munch on foods that are high in water content, like watermelon, cucumbers and celery.

Stay away from salt.

Salt adds to the water retention that is keeping your ankles large and uncomfortable. Pass on the extra shakes of salt and processed foods that tend to have high salt content.

Avoid venturing outside in the afternoon.

While it's not always realistic with work and other child schedules in play, try running your errands during the morning or night hours when being outside is a little more bearable.

Slather on the sunscreen.

Break out that sun hat, park yourself under a shade tree or umbrella and slather on the sunscreen to keep your skin safe. The last thing a pregnant lady needs is a sunburn—ouch!

Jump in the shower.

Take frequent cool showers to beat the heat. If you aren't home, tuck a spritzer bottle of water into your purse to use when you are out and about. Are you going to the pool with your kiddos? Join them in the water! It'll be much more comfortable than on the lounge chair under the umbrella.

Ask for help and be realistic.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to know your limits. Ask for help running errands or shuttling the kids to the pool so you can cool off indoors and maybe even sneak in a nap.

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