It’s summer, which means it’s time for everyone to take the vacation she deserves. Even if you’re feeling like a beach ball right now, you deserve relaxation, too. As long as you follow the advice of your midwife or obstetrician at your women’s health center, you can have fun on your first vacation with your baby. The midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care have vacation tips for enjoying your time in the sand, sun and waves.
Fluids are important to make sure your baby gets oxygen and nutrients. Pregnancy makes you dehydrate more easily, so drink at least 8 ounces of water for each hour you spend outside, and up to your body weight in ounces per day. Any fluid is better than nothing, so sports drinks, juice, tea and milk count toward your fluid intake. Bring a misting bottle with you.
You’re on the beach for the water, so wade in — but take shade breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. If it’s going to be really warm — such as heat advisories and temperatures above 90 degrees F — it might be better to stay inside. Keep indoors as much as you can with the air conditioning on, and cool down more with damp washcloths on the back of your neck and forehead. Pack a portable fan and misting bottle in your beach bag, too.
Swimming isn’t dangerous, and can be good for you. The water can cool you off, take weight off your sciatic nerve, and keep you active through low-impact exercise as recommended by your midwife. No matter where you swim — ocean, river, lake or pool — stay safe. Try not to swallow water, so as to avoid pollution, bacteria or chlorine. Be aware of the hazards in your swimming location, whether it’s boats, sea creatures, sharp rocks at the bottom, unknown depths, or strong waves or currents. It’s not safe to swim alone. And, always wear a life jacket if you’re on a boat.
There’s no proof UV radiation can soak through your skin to harm your baby, but too much sun time could be hazardous. Too much UV radiation can break down the folic acid your baby needs to develop properly. You’ll also be a little more sensitive to UV rays right now. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and reapply it every two hours.
Eat Seafood in Moderation
Some kinds of seafood are a no-no during pregnancy, but if you’re hanging out on the coast and want to eat like a local, you can indulge a bit. As long as you keep your consumption under 12 ounces a week, it’s fine to eat seafood on vacation. Avoid swordfish, shark and sushi; instead, get your protein and omega fatty acids from shrimp, crab, salmon, catfish and tilapia.
Midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care
Talking to a midwife at each stage of your pregnancy, from preconception to postpartum, can help you feel secure and keep you healthy. For mothers-to-be in southern Arizona, Desert Blossom Women’s Care can help. To schedule an appointment for pregnancy or gynecological care, get in touch today.