Being pregnant can be hard work at the best of times but when you are turning into a beached whale in the middle of a heatwave, it’s worse. MUCH WORSE!
Don’t get me wrong, there is no greater joy than growing the life you created. Pregnancy is magical and amazing and so many good things. But it doesn’t mean you don’t want to stay comfortable while surviving a summer pregnancy too.
My first daughter was born 3 days into summer but we live in Queensland, which is a pretty darn hot part of Australia. So my final week of work was spent with the cankles from hell and that was only spring. Such a relief to only have those last few weeks of sweltering heat to contend with. After all, did you know while pregnant your body temperature is higher than average. True fact!
This time around I got to suffer the whole summer while pregnant but at least it’s during my not so horrible 2nd trimester. I pity those poor women who spend the final several months of pregnancy through summer.
Tips for surviving a summer pregnancy
1. Be comfortable
First things first, get yourself some comfy clothes. Cotton is best as it’s breathable and stretchy. Comfy shoes too. I tend to live in my thongs (that’s a flip flop for those of you not here in Australia… not sexy lingerie). Not ideal, as supportive shoes are best during pregnancy so find yourself something supportive and cool. Maxi dresses, loose t-shirts, preggy shorts… as in those awesome stretchy waist ones. Keep it light and breezy.
2. Find a way to cool down
Air conditioning can be your best friend, but not everyone has it. Also it can be mega expensive, especially to repair air conditioning. However when hit with a lot of high 30s and low 40 degree days this summer, I’ve survived simply by living in air conditioning. But a good fan can do wonders as well. Cold showers, swimming pools, pouring a bucket of water over your head. Use what means you have. It’s all acceptable because you are pregnant.
3. Ice blocks are good
Frozen treats of any kind really are a great addition to your freezer during summer. Fruity ice blocks, freshly made smoothies with crushed ice, ice cream. Or these days those frozen fruit dessert makers are a huge fad. I want one! Anything that cools you from the inside out is a winner.
4. Get some help
Don’t push yourself to do everything you normally do. No one expects it. If that means asking hubby to hang the washing on the line on a hot day, or having your mum drop to the post office for you to run your errands, chances are they are all happy to oblige. So ask for help and do not get the guilts about it. You’d do it for them… hey?
5. Chop chop
This one may seem a little drastic but when you’re hot, sticky and round, sometimes a shorter, lighter hair cut can make the world of difference. It takes some of that heat away from your neck and is so much less maintenance. And besides, hair grows back. It won’t be gone forever if you suddenly miss your long locks.
6. Make friends with the right people
Don’t have a pool? Me either. Unless you count the inflatable dinosaur adventure land that is my daughter’s toddler pool. However my in laws have one. And it’s lovely. Find someone you know with a pool and get yourself plenty of invites, or head to the local public swimming pool and cool off there. Some of them are pretty flash and great if you have other kids who are bothering you through summer.
7. Keep up your fluids
This one is a bit of a no brainer but sometimes we get busy and forget to drink that water so keep a bottle of water with you, in your handbag or by your bed so you are always in arms reach of some water. Keep a jug in the fridge to make it extra refreshing.
8. Remove jewellery
This may not be necessary but sometimes those swollen fingers can result in extra discomfort if your rings or other adornments are suddenly cutting off circulation. Preventative measures are often best. The last thing you want is to have to get your wedding band cut to remove it when you have already swollen up like a balloon.
9. Reduce salt intake
Sodium makes us retain fluid which increases swelling. As tempting as it can be to have those lazy high salt meals, try to avoid them and keep your fresh food intake high. Snack on fruit and non-salted nuts instead of chips and buttery popcorn. Your body will take you and so will the baby, who will benefit from the goodness in whole foods.
10. Slip, slop, slap
Those are important words here in Australia, reminding us to be sun smart with sunscreen, a hat, and sun safe clothing. Can you imagine being hot, round.. and sunburnt? Not a great combo. Save yourself some extra discomfort by doing the right thing.
11. Bedtime comfort
Getting to sleep is difficult enough in pregnancy (and summer) without combining the two. Make sure you have what you need to be comfortable, whether that be air conditioning or a fan, comfy cotton pjs… or completely naked if clothes are just unbearable right now (it probably happens), and for me, what is most important throughout pregnancy is my beloved body pillow. Actually I use it all year round regardless, but having it sure does help get comfortable when trying to manoeuvre a round tummy.
With all that in mind though, remember pregnancy is a very special time in your life with most of us doing it only a couple of times so cherish it every way you can.
However, staying comfortable will certainly help you get the most enjoyment from your pregnancy. And if you happen to have an older child too, now is the perfect time to start preparing them for the arrival of the new baby.
And since I’m all about simplifying, be sure to check out my tips on ways to make life easier with a newborn. Don’t forget to enjoy those early moments too. They are so precious!
Due to the popularity of this post, I have created an ULTIMATE PREGNANCY SURVIVAL GUIDE, full of tips, hints and ideas to make your life while pregnant and beyond so much easier. You can find it HERE.
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