Are you a pregnant mama and taking a trip to the beach? A beach trip can be lots of fun, but you have to be extra careful while pregnant. Below you’ll find a list of tips and hacks for going to the beach while pregnant.
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Can You Go to the Beach While Pregnant?
You may be wondering if it is safe to be going to the beach while pregnant. You certainly don’t want to miss out on any of the fun, but you want to keep your baby safe and stay comfortable yourself. You certainly can go to the beach, but you’ll need to take some extra precautions. These tips will help you stay safe, healthy and comfortable at the beach.
I’ve also got a packing list for you so you can be prepared for your beach trip!
Tips for Going to the Beach While Pregnant
Don’t Get Overheated
It’s important to stay as cool as you can while at the beach. Overheating while pregnant can be damaging to your baby and it’s not good for you either.
Make sure you have lots of shade available while at the beach and take a dip to cool off if you’re feeling hot. Take a break and go into the air conditioning every now and then if you need to, or use a portable fan like this one.
If you don’t have an option for air conditioning (or if you just don’t want to miss out on any fun), try these amazing neck wraps. Just wet them and they stay cold for up to thirty minutes! A lifesaver for a beach trip!
Of course, sunscreen is a must while pregnant. Personally, I wanted to avoid as many chemicals as possible while pregnant, so a mineral sunscreen was a must for me. I highly recommend this brand, but any non-nano mineral sunscreen will do (see more info at the Environmental Working Group).
Be aware of the water temperature when swimming. If the water is too cold, it can cause your uterus to contract. Water that is too warm, it can raise your body temperature and cause damage to the baby (not very likely in most oceans or lakes).
Keep in mind, if you’re at a beach and the water is quite cold, it doesn’t mean you can’t step foot in it. wading and cooling off your legs is fine, but keep the majority of your body out of the water.
Don’t Lay on Your Back
If you’re past the halfway point of your pregnancy, you shouldn’t spend too much time laying on your back while at the beach. This is for the same reason that you shouldn’t be sleeping on your back Laying on your back can constrict your vena cava, cutting off your circulation.
Instead, bring a lounge chair, or sit up. I love this beach chair/mat that allows you to lounge on the sand, but has an adjustable backrest that will prop you up while still being comfy. BONUS: it has a portable cooler built in the the back! A pregnant mama’s best friend!
You can also lay on your stomach if you buy this amazing inflatable maternity pillow raft. Y’all, I would have used this DAILY during my last pregnancy!
If you’re not too far along, you could always just dig a little belly-sized hole in the sand!
Drink Lots of Water
It’s easy to get dehydrated while at the beach even when you’re not pregnant, but it’s extra important to stay hydrated when you are pregnant. Bring a cooler (check out the adorable pattern on this Lily Pilitzer one!) a big water bottle. I love this brand, which is stainless steel and keeps liquids cool for 28 hours!
If you’re swimming in a lake, be sure to double check water quality. Pregnant mamas are more susceptible to illness and you’ll want to be extra cautious with your bump!
If you’re at the ocean, be cautious of waves, currents and dangerous or harmful sea animals (jelly fish, etc.).
Be sure to be extra careful of all normal swimming precautions. Don’t swim alone or be sure there is a lifegaurd on duty, don’t dive or jump into water of unknown depth, don’t overexert yourself, etc.
In general, use common sense when choosing your beach trip location and don’t take any unnecessary risks. You’re a mommy now and keeping your baby safe is paramount.
Not only do you want to be safe at the beach, but you should also be comfortable and feel great! Here are a few of my favorite maternity swimsuits.
Packing List for Pregnant Moms at the Beach
- Beach Chair
- Comfy Towel (this one is sand-proof and extra big)
- Water Bottle
- Battery-Operated Fan
- Beach Umbrella
- Neck Wrap
- Optional: Inflatable Maternity Pillow Raft
So remember, while at the beach use common sense and take care of yourself and your bump! You’re worth it!
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