(KUTV) Summertime means sunshine, travel, and spending time outdoors. However, it’s also a time when pregnant women need to take a few extra precautions.
If you’re traveling this summer AND you’re pregnant, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The best time to travel during pregnancy is during the second trimester, weeks 14-28. However, be sure to check with your provider beforehand – especially if you have a higher risk pregnancy.
“If you’re going to travel by car, it’s important that at least every two hours you’re getting out of the car. So you’ll need to stop the car, get out, and stretch your legs,” says Dr. Ed England, OBGYN at Intermountain Riverton Hospital.
This keeps blood moving and reduces the risk of blood clots.
If you’re heading outside, don’t forget the sunblock! Pregnant women have a higher risk of U-V exposure. Sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended and needs to be reapplied every two hours.
Bug spray is another item pregnant women need to have on hand. It is safe and even recommended to use mosquito repellent that has DEET in it. You can bug spray with up to 30% of DEET in it.
Finally, don’t forget the water! With long, hot summer days upon us, it’s really important to stay hydrated. This is especially true during the third trimester. It’s recommended that you drink at least 64-ounces of water a day.