Summer is a great time to be outside,with all of the barbeques, picnics and ball games. However, there can be some difficulties with tolerating the summer heat if you are pregnant. Here are some tips from MMC Obstetrician and Gynecologist Colleen Bratsch, D.O. on how to make the most of your summer pregnancy:
- Clothing: A lot of women prefer sun dresses, just make sure you’re comfortable and not restricted. When picking shoes,remember that comfort is key. However, hesitate in wearing flip flops because they can be a tripping hazard.
- Hydration: Make sure you have a water bottle with you at all times, and aim to drink 80 to 100 ounces of water a day.
- Activity: Remember to seek activities that you can do and do safely.
a. Walking: Walking in the heat of the day can be difficult; however, morning walks and evening walks can be good for your pregnancy.
b. Biking: Biking is limited to first trimester and second trimester; however, you can safely bike and get good exercise.
c. Swimming: We all love the pool! Pools are great for exercise and relaxation during pregnancy. You have increased buoyancy and relaxation for your muscles. You can do water aerobics or water walking.
Watch Dr. Bratsch’s video here:
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with MMC Obstetrics and Gynecology, please call 615-867-8030.
Colleen Bratsch, D.O. - MMC Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Bratsch joined Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008. She had previously practiced in Jefferson City, Tennessee for five years. Dr. Bratsch is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a medical internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This was followed by her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE. Dr. Bratsch served as Chief Resident in her final year of residency. She became board certified in 2005 and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. She also is a member of the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association.