Every pregnant woman has found herself on the receiving end of all sorts of advice: don’t eat this, don’t do that and so on. Surely some well-meaning neighbor has (or will) warn you that you must not set foot in the sea at least until your child is 3 years old.
In fact, you probably won’t need to give up the warm sand and sea waves, as long as your activities are tailored to your pregnancy.
THE MOST IMPORTANT OPINION
Before booking your dream vacation, be sure to discuss your plans with your obstetrician-gynecologist. They will decide if it is safe to travel at the current stage of your pregnancy. If everything goes according to plan and you are not too close to term, expect to be given the green light to travel.
SEA SAFETY TIPS
- Select a suitable location. Even if your pregnancy is going well, it is advisable to spend your summer relatively close to a big city with a hospital. We do not aim to scare you, just in case.
- Plan a rather chill vacation. Instead of surfing or diving, we recommend swimming and walking on the beach. You can include light yoga or water gymnastics. Water is especially good for the joints, soothes pain and will protect you from overheating.
- Beware of the sun. If you have hyperpigmentation (melasma), ultraviolet light can exacerbate it. Use sunscreen with a factor of at least 30 and stay in the shade. Relax in an air-conditioned room in the afternoon and moisturize your skin after coming back from the beach.
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. Juices and sweetened drinks contain plenty of “hidden calories”, so they should be avoided. Bring well-washed fruits and vegetables, nuts, packaged foods to the beach. If you go to a restaurant, choose a reputable and hygienic place.
Be proud of your body! You are not too fat and your belly is not too big to rock a swimsuit. You’re growing a new life and this can make you nothing but more beautiful!