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Updated Visitation Policy (3/5)

Effective Saturday, March 6th at 7am, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Non-COVID visitors are now allowed 2 support persons, without ability to rotate (end-of-life visitors are allowed to rotate).

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Stay Safe at the Beach While Pregnant

Nothing is quite “normal” when you’re pregnant—even everyday things that feel the same, aren’t. You feel different, need different things, need to avoid different things, etc. It’s getting hotter by the day in Alabama, and you’re probably itching for a beach getaway! If you’re pregnant, though, there are important considerations you need to make before hitting the sand. 

As long as you’re careful and safe, there’s no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself to a beach day. 

Benefits of a Pregnant Beach Day

If you aren’t stressed out right now, odds are you will be at some point. Planning for a baby is a lot to handle! Taking some time to sit in the sand and listen to the crashing waves is a great way to recharge. Both your body and mind are going through a lot—make sure you’re taking time to relax. 

The beach is a great place to catch up with friends or family members, and a great place for low-impact exercises! Take a long walk (preferably with someone) and let your troubles melt away. Bring a book you’ve been meaning to read, or listen to music or a podcast. This is the perfect time to indulge in some neglected hobbies. Take some time for you. 

What You Should Bring

You should avoid going to the beach alone. Your body is going through a lot of changes, and some of those changes mean you’re more prone to overheating or feeling dizzy. Bring a friend or your significant other, if possible. Whether you bring someone or not, you should always know where the nearest medical facility is located. 

Make sure you wear loose and comfortable clothing that’s breathable! Your body temperature is higher than normal when you’re pregnant, so you’ll feel hotter and sweat more easily. You also need to bring plenty of sunscreen and shade to sit under—like a wide hat or a beach umbrella. This is good advice for everyone, but it’s especially important for you. Your skin is much more sensitive due to the blood (of which there is extra!) being closer to the surface of your skin. 

Important Things to Consider

Be extra careful in the water. If you’re used to wave jumping and swimming at the beach, you might want to save those for after you have your baby. Odds are, you aren’t as coordinated at the moment. A small wave could easily knock you off your feet. 

You need to be drinking tons of water. It’s important to be extra hydrated throughout your entire pregnancy, and that goes double for sitting out in the sun on a hot day. Dehydration is one of the most common risks that come with being pregnant, so make sure you and your baby are getting plenty of water! Make sure you bring plenty of healthy snacks, too. 

Take breaks when you need them! A close-to-home (or at least close-to-Airbnb) beach trip is always best. You should take breaks throughout the day to rest in a shady or air-conditioned space and cool off. 
With these essentials, and these things in mind, nothing should stop you from having the beach day you’ve been craving! For more pregnancy tips, visit our News & Blog page.