Wednesday, June 9, 2010

preggo in the summer: 10 tips to save a bloated mama

Pregnancy can be uncomfortable enough, but what do you do when the dog days of summer set in at the peak of your pregnancy? Grab a virgin pina colada, put your feet up and try these tips:

Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! At the top of your to-do list, strive to stay well hydrated. Aim for two liters of liquids, preferably water, per day. Avoid soft drinks, since they work like diuretics, stealing more water from the body than they provide. Wherever you go, commit to bringing along a reusable water bottle. Make your own refreshing drink by adding a few lemon and cucumber slices to a pitcher of cool water. By keeping your body constantly hydrated, you'll help avoid the discomfort of pregnancy-related swelling.

Put your feet up. To prevent swelling, elevate your feet any chance you get: at home, at the office, at the pool.

Comfy footwear only, please! You might be tempted to opt for flip flops as your footwear of choice, but did you know that flip flops can be just as bad for your piggy toes as wearing high heels during pregnancy? Your feet now need extra support and stability to prevent eventual back pain and possible spills. Stick with supportive sandals with secure straps.


Click here to check out the seven other useful tips that appear in my article in this month's Chicago Parent Magazine.



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