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Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy yourself this summer. Activities that get you and up and moving can provide great health benefits. But as a mom-to-be you keep the following health tips in mind. Gina Petelin, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at Providence MedicalPetelin Gina web Center offers the following advice:

  • Stay Hydrated!
    • The summer heat will caused increased sweating and water loss. Staying hydrated is critical for the health of you and your baby. Experts recommend drinking at least 64 oz. of water a day, which is about 4 water bottles. Bonus Tip: Try infusing water with fruit to make hydration tasty.
  • Try swimming
    • Swimming is a low-impact exercise that has major cardiovascular and strength benefits. Exercise during your pregnancy is incredibly important for reducing aches and pain, preventing gestational diabetes, increasing energy, and helping with sleep. Swimming can provide relief for your joints and feet, and will feel refreshing. Bonus Tip: If you are not a fan of swimming try walking in a pool. You will still get many of the benefits.
  • Check your footwear
    • Flip flops and sandals with minimal or no arch support could cause pain or even structural damage to your feet. The loosening of your ligaments and tendons, paired with your increased body weight, is a significant risk to your feet. Make sure your shoes have a good, thick midsole, and have a shape that fits your foot.
  • Lather on the sunscreen
    • Pregnancy can cause your skin to become extra sensitive. Applying sunscreen can prevent dark spots from forming as well as protecting you from nasty sunburn.
  • Beware of barbeques
    • Common cookout side dishes such as potato salad and coleslaw will spoil very quickly in the summer heat. Eating these foods can cause sour stomach, nausea, and vomiting. Instead, opt for fresh vegetables and fruit.

To make an appointment with Dr. Petelin, call 913-596-4929.