Pregnancy is tough. Being pregnant in the summer is even harder. I just had my baby in late August so I was at my largest size in the summer and yes, it was just a tad uncomfortable! So here are a few things to keep in mind as you enter those hot summer months.
1. Swim…A Lot
Not only does swimming cool you down, but it also takes a little of the weight off. Red Tricycle says the weightlessness in the pool helps with sciatic pain and the other aches that you might have because of the pressure on your back and feet.
I can attest to this one. My husband and I did a little bit of a staycation a few weeks before our baby was born just so I could be in a pool. I felt weightless for the first time – ha!
2. Dress for the Weather
One of the worst things about being pregnant in the summer is just how hot you can get. Mother Rising Birth likes the adage “Less is more” when it comes to dressing while pregnant. Stick to those cotton fabrics, shorts, and tank tops. There’s also some cute pregnancy clothing like this tank top here on Etsy.
3. Insect Repellent
Obviously, you want to avoid mosquito bites when you’re pregnant. Not only do they itch, but they can bring dangerous diseases like West Nile Virus. That’s why Fit Pregnancy suggests using “…insect repellent with 10 percent DEET (maximum concentration considered safe during pregnancy). ” If you’re looking for a more natural repellent, you can find one here on Etsy.
You’ll definitely want to talk to your doctor about this one because personally products with DEET freak me out. I’m not a professional though and definitely abide by your doctor’s recommendation.
Being Comfortable Pregnant in the Summer
4. Carry Water Everywhere
The first sign that I was pregnant was that I was incredibly thirsty! I started bringing a water bottle to work and it made a huge difference in my comfort.
According to Parents.com, a pregnant woman should drink about six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water/fluids every day. That number goes up as the temperature rises. Make sure you’re carrying water everywhere you go and if you need something cute to carry it in, you can find a customized water bottle here on Etsy. This one pictured is cool because it has time reminders on the bottle so you don’t forget to drink!
5. Avoid the Midday Sun
According to WebMD, not only does the midday sun make you more tired, but pregnant women are also more prone to sunburn. The site recommends using a sunscreen with a strong SPF whenever you go outside.
6. Refreshing Snacks
When you’re pregnant in the summer, you’re going to do everything you can to stay cool in the summer heat, that’s why Twenty Two Words suggests that you take advantage of all those great summer fruits. Eat some sweets to beat the heat! Or use them to freshen up water. You can find a bottle infuser here on Etsy.
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7. Gel Packs
Gel packs have multiple uses for pregnant women. As Buzz Feed suggests, you can use them inside your bra to cool down that internal body temperature. You can also use them in your bed to make it a little cooler when you sleep. If you buy these on Etsy, you can use them for postpartum too.
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8. Kick Back and Relax or Even Nap
You are creating life, which is super cool and also super tiring. The Momtastic blog says no one is going to fault you if you take a little time to yourself and relax or even take a nap.
One thing I regret about the week before my delivery is that I didn’t nap enough. I went into labor at night and was exhausted staying up all night and not sleeping before baby came. And then I didn’t get any sleep when she came with waking up to feed her. Nap as much as you can!
9. Ditch the Shoes
Sadly, your feet swell and get hot when you’re pregnant, especially in the summer. So Family Education suggests you ditch the shoes entirely. If you really need something, you can always snag a pair of flip flops.
You can find flip flops with good cushion here on Etsy. Bonus, they’re customizable.
10. Put Your Feet Up
Elevating your feet is another great way to reduce that swelling. Bump and Baby blog says elevation goes hand in hand with staying hydrated and relaxing.
11. Cut Your Hair
Not only is a short haircut easier to maintain, but as the Simplify, Create, Inspire blog points out, it will also help you keep cool.
Plus you can find some cute headbands here on Etsy. A headband like this would be perfect for post-delivery too when you don’t want to shower but are expecting visitors. I wore a headband and found it super helpful!
What are your best pregnant in the summer tips?
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