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Tips for pregnant women on holiday

13 June 2011 09:54

Pregnant women have been advised not to spend too much time in the sun while on holiday

Pregnant women have been advised not to spend too much time in the sun while on holiday

A US health expert has suggested tips for pregnant women ahead of the summer holiday season.

According to UAB obstetrician Kim Hoover, MD, expectant mothers must avoid spending too much time in the sun and go to the beach when it is not very hot.

She said that women who are pregnant can risk getting sunburnt and indicated that it was best to visit the beach after 4pm.

She added that keeping the body hydrated is very important during summer time and advised women to drink half a pint of water for each hour spent in the sun.

Pregnant women must also make sure they have a comprehensive medical travel insurance policy before embarking on holidays.

While buying sunscreen, Hoover recommended pregnant women to use a factor 30 to protect the skin from getting burnt as well and also to avoid pregnancy-induced melasma.

She also stressed the importance of comfort during pregnancy and suggested other ways for pregnant women to beat the heat during the summer months.

She said: "For clothing, think linen, think cotton, nothing constricting. Little personal fans with misters are great, too. Some of my patients make their own popsicles using fruit or yoghurt. These are nice options to go along with drinking water."

She also advised women to contact a doctor if they experience nausea, dizziness or fatigue while on their holiday.