Summer is a great time to be pregnant: you can swim, there's more than enough cute maxi dresses for every day of the week, and it's perfectly acceptable to wear flip-flops. Oh, and the last word on summer pregnancy: in-season watermelon.
That said, some pregnancy symptoms are exacerbated by summer sunshine:
- leg and ankle swelling
- melasma (the mask of pregnancy)
- increased body odor
My suggestions for your summer pregnancy survival kit help address those vexing pregnancy symptoms to help you look your best, feel your best and enjoy your pregnant body in the summer!
From left to right, here's what I think should be in your summer pregnancy survival kit:
1. Protect & Reflect SPF 30 Sunscreen: This revolutionary, all-natural sunscreen applies clear and actually works as a superb primer under make-up.
2. Soothing Aloe Leg Gel: Keep this handy little gel around all summer to help relieve swelling in your legs, ankles and feet. Store it in the refrigerator for extra cooling power. Extra bonus: it takes the sting out of sunburn.
3. S'More to Love Bellybar Boost: What's summer without s'mores? These nutritious prenatal supplement snack bars deliver your chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow fix along with folic acid, choline, calcium, protein, fiber and magnesium.
4. Highland Fling Nail Polish: Among this summer's style trends is orange nails. When you paint your fingers or toes with this cheerful coral/tangerine shade, you'll be not only fashion-forward, but smart, too: this non-toxic nail polish is the ultimate in pure, natural beauty.
5. ReModel Stretch Marks Serum: Don't let stretch marks on your legs, hips, belly or breasts keep you from the beach or pool this summer. This natural formula keeps at bay the lines and red streaks so you can bare your beautiful belly.
6. All-Natural Pregnancy Deodorant: Body odor does get worse during pregnancy for some women, and summer only adds to the problem. This all-natural formula provides all-day odor protection. Apply generously to clean skin over your entire underarm for best results.
7. Twist-Front Tankini: Swimming is a wonderful exercise for pregnant women (consult with your doctor or midwife first). It allows you to get aerobic activity while relieving the stress and pressure of the extra weight on your body. Get back in the water after baby arrives (again, after your doctor's ok)—this swimsuit has breastfeeding panels in it, too.
8. Water bottle: Not pictured above, but I can't let an opportunity go by without reminding you to stay hydrated. Aim for 80 oz of water, juice, milk or other non-caffeinated beverages daily throughout your pregnancy, especially in the summer.
I'm so glad summer is here and hope you are, too. Enjoy your summer pregnancy!
Thanks for reading and sharing,