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The official kickoff of summer – the Memorial Day weekend – has come and gone. Even though temperatures in Wyoming may not reflect summer is upon us (or even spring for that matter!), the weather forecast for the upcoming weekend shows hints of warmer weather. Likely most people are happy about that!

With summer comes more outdoor activities: floating and fishing the Platte River; camping and walking trails on Casper Mountain; picnics in parks; hikes in the Big Horns and other mountain ranges, and many other adventures.

Getting outdoors is good for everyone – the fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and activity all bode well for our health. However, there are things to be careful about. Watch this short YouTube video on summer safety tips:

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In addition to the safety tips provided in the video, here are two others to keep in mind:

  1. Use insect repellant. Tiny summer pests can cause great problems. Ticks can carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease;  mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virusZika virus, and other illnesses. Using a product made of DEET can help keep these pesky creatures at bay. Please Note: DEET should not be applied to children under 2 months of age. Another Note: Several of these pests affect pets and can cause great harm, including the deadly heartworm disease. Therefore, keep your dogs, cats, and horses protected as well – talk to your veterinarian about the best approach.
  2. Wear a helmet while bicycling. Experts estimate more than 300,000 children visit the emergency room each year from bike-related injuries; many accidents result in death or severe brain injury. Therefore, make sure your child wears a helmet, and be a good example – wear one, too.

By the way, wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle is required by law in Wyoming for those under 18 and “strongly advised” for those who are operating or are passengers on an ATV. 

Find other helpful tips here: https://www.nsc.org/home-safety/tools-resources/seasonal-safety/summer.

If You’re Pregnant This Summer

Many of the above thoughts also apply to women who are pregnant. Here are five additional tips for ladies who are expecting and want to beat the summer heat:

  • Put your feet up to alleviate swelling.
  • Take frequent naps. Tiredness during pregnancy is common, therefore, rest is important.
  • Take quick showers frequently to keep cool.
  • Enjoy the water. According to WebMD, swimming is an excellent activity for pregnant women – you can exercise and keep cool.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to also help keep cool.

Parents Magazine provides a helpful guide for taking care of yourself during the summer if you’re pregnant; find that here: http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-body/pampering/summer-pregnancy-survival-guide/.

Enjoy the summer season and stay healthy and safe!

If you’re experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, remember that True Care is here to help you. Contact our Scheduling Line at 307-215-9684 to schedule your free appointment.

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