Springtime Hacks For A Smoother Pregnancy For First-Time Moms

Springtime is a beautiful time of year. It is also a time of year that pregnant women may face challenges they did not during the cooler seasons that preceded it. Because of this, being able to anticipate issues and have ways to deal with them will help keep those expecting as comfortable as possible. This is why springtime hacks are key to making pregnancy smoother for first-time moms.

With one foot in winter and one in summer, springtime weather can change at the drop of a hat. For pregnant women, this means it is necessary to be ready for anything the season decides to throw their way. From swings at temperature, allergens flying in the air, and potential sunburns that will show their presence on winterized skin, there is a lot to prepare for. But this preparation will keep mothers-to-be safe, healthy, and unscathed during the springtime when pregnant.

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Here are springtime hacks to make pregnancy go smoother for first-time moms.


10 Dress In Breathable Clothing

With the weather changing from one day to the next, pregnant women need to pull from both their winter and summer wardrobes. And while this sounds like a lot of effort, it does not have to be.

While springtime may be warmer than winter was, it does not mean that it is time to say goodbye to cooler weather clothes altogether. As such, according to Hatch, layering is the answer to what to wear during the spring. This can be anything from long and short-sleeved tee shirts, a few pairs of leggings, a simple cotton dress, and a cardigan. All go together and can be mixed and matched making for some simple and beautiful outfits for first-time moms.

9 Wear SPF

Wearing SPF sunscreen is recommended for all people. But with the skin being more sensitive while expecting, according to Baby Centreputting on at least 30 SPF daily will help to protect the skin.

This is especially important during the spring when the sun is out more and is higher in the sky. Because of this, pregnant women should carry sunscreen with them wherever they go.

8 Keep Skin Moisturized

Skin during pregnancy is already dry. When the weather warms up and dries out the skin further, it is necessary for mothers-to-be to apply lotion liberally to keep areas of the body from itching. And for some, this may be several times per day.

According to Healthline, hormones cause the skin to lose elasticity and moisture as the pregnancy progresses. The areas that are most affected, per the publication, include the stomach, thighs, breasts, and arms. As such, when these areas are exposed to the sun and wind, they can dry out more. And this means that in order to keep the flakiness and itchiness at bay, carrying around lotion may be necessary during the springtime.

7 Drink Plenty Of Water

It is recommended that pregnant women drink eight to 10 eight-ounce glasses of water daily. But, when the temperatures start to rise and the sun is out for longer stretches during the day, more water than that may be needed.

According to the UT Southwestern Medical Center, during spring and into summer, those who are expecting are at a higher risk of dehydration than those who are not. And if dehydration becomes constant, contractions and/or preterm labor can result, according to the publication.

Therefore, feeling thirsty is a good indication that the body is not getting enough water. Mothers-to-be need to drink water consistently so that they never get to the point of dehydration to keep themselves and their unborn babies safe during pregnancy. This can be done by carrying around water, flavoring it naturally with different fruits and vegetables, or even having a bit of sparkling water from time to time to keep water drinking from getting boring.

6 Keep Edema At Bay

Pregnancy makes women retain water at rates they would not when not expecting. As such, they are more prone to suffering from edema. This is especially true as the warmer months come to pass, many of which start in spring.

According to the NHS, throughout the day when pregnant women are upright, the water that their bodies have accumulated needs to settle. Where it settles is the “lowest parts of the body,” per the publication. And that happens to be the legs.

When the weather is warmer, the fluid pools quicker in the legs, according to the NHS. And the longer that pregnant women are on their feet, the worse the edema will be. Therefore, making sure to take breaks during the day, keep the legs propped up, and more will help to keep edema from getting to the point where it is debilitating.

5 Enjoy Seasonable Produce

It can be hard to eat the fruits and vegetables the body needs while expecting. Especially if morning sickness or the like is an issue. But with delicious seasonal produce, getting those nutrients can be easier than women think.

According to Food & Winethe produce that pregnant women can enjoy during the spring include:

  • Strawberries

  • Mangoes

  • Lemons

  • Beets

  • Zucchini

  • Apricots

  • Avocado

  • Peas

  • Pineapple

  • Potatoes

With this seasonal produce, light meals can be cooked to help with morning sickness, water can be flavored, soups can be made, and more. And all are ways to get in fruits and vegetable while expecting.

4 Get Outdoors & Exercise

Not only is springtime a beautiful time of year, but it is also the perfect time to get outdoors and exercise. This is because there are several times throughout the day when pregnant women can enjoy the great outdoors because the weather does not get too warm to walk or run for their daily exercise.

To ensure that daily exercise is participated in, it may help mothers-to-be to take shoes with them to work to change into when on break or at lunch to get those steps in. That way there are no excuses at the end of the day to not workout.

Women can also set up a regular time with their spouses, friends, or neighbors to get a walk or run in during the week. This will help keep everyone accountable. And because exercise is not limited to the early morning hours to try to beat the heat, there is more opportunity throughout the day to make this happen.

3 Watch Out For Changes In Emotions

Pregnant women are already a slave to their emotions changing at the drop of a hat. During the springtime, those mood swings can prove to be more intense than during other seasons of the year.

According to WebMD, with springtime bringing about longer days, people stay up longer. This means they can be behind in some much-needed sleep by the end of the week. And when there is less sleep, mood swings can result.

To combat highs and lows in mood brought on by too little sleep, pregnant women should try to keep as consistent a sleep schedule as possible. This means that regardless of how light it is outside, get to bed at the same time. This will help keep pregnant women in a happier place which is good not only for their mental state but for their pregnancies as well.

2 Pollen Can Wreak Havoc

Even if women have never suffered from them before, becoming pregnant can make women prone to suffering from seasonal allergies. And because of this, when the pollen count is high, the anticipation should be there that scratchy throats, itchy eyes, and runny noses will result.

According to the Allergy & Asthma Network, before taking any allergy medications, it is necessary to speak with a healthcare professional to determine the safety of what is being taken. This will ensure that pregnant women get the relief they need while keeping their babies from being exposed to potentially harmful medications at the same time.

For those who do not want to take medication, there are natural ways to help combat allergies. According to Contoursthose things include:

  • Using apple cider vinegar

  • Eating local honey

  • Using a neti pot

  • Acupuncture

  • Using a humidifier

Having these things on hand will help to fight off allergies at the first sign of a raised pollen count in the air.

With warmer weather making feet more prone to swelling, springtime is a time when proper footwear needs to be worn. Something pregnant women will be happy they did at the end of the day when their feet are not trying to escape the confines of their shoes.

For those women who may need to wear heels for a meeting or the like, bringing a pair of more comfortable shoes to change into when the meeting is over is a way to keep their feet comfortable.

If shoes suddenly become uncomfortable, taking some time off of the feet will help to bring the swelling down. When this happens, shoes will temporarily become more comfortable. And in this timeframe, hopefully, those expecting can find a different pair of shoes to wear to keep their dogs from barking.

Source: Hatch, BabyCentre, Healthline, UT Southwestern Medical Center, NHS, Food & Wine, WebMD, Allergy & Asthma Network, Contours

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