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My daughter was born during a very hot summer, so I know all about dragging my huge pregnant belly through the searing sun. Being pregnant during a particularly hot summer can be tough, especially during the third trimester. How do you get through those hot days? We've got some tips for you.

Make absolutely sure you stay well hydrated. Dehydration is always a serious problem, but it is even more so for pregnant women. Take a large bottle of water with you wherever you go, and keep on drinking. I know you'll be running to the bathroom every five minutes, but you really do need to drink plenty of water. Your health and your baby's will suffer if you don't drink enough for a longer period of time, but at first you will just feel horrible, which is not nice either. Sitting in the hot sun for long periods of time can cause you to overheat, which makes your baby's temperature rise too. This is dangerous, so avoid it. If at all possible, avoid the sun between 11 am and 5 pm and go out earlier or later. If you are driving, air conditioning will help you stay comfortable. Don't even think about wearing synthetics that make you all sweaty and sticky. Natural fabrics are the way to go in the summer heat, especially when you are with child. In addition, excuse me for stating the obvious, sticking to lighter colors like white, beige, light green, and so on, will keep you cooler than dark colors. You probably noticed all kinds of "weird" stuff going on with your pregnant skin, like a pregnancy mask, that linea negra a dark vertical line on your tummy, and acne. Did you know that pregnant ladies actually burn more easily in the sun? Make sure you apply lots of sun screen and limit your time in the sun. That doesn't mean you have to avoid it altogether vitamin D, which you get from the sun, is great for bone development, and your baby needs it.

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