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 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 that your when you are 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 feel for the ladies who spend the final several months of pregnancy through summer, especially surviving those last few weeks of pregnancy in extreme heats. Oh boy!
TIPS FOR SURVIVING 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 skimpy undies). Not ideal, as supportive shoes are best during pregnancy so find yourself something supportive and cool. I have since discovered the most AMAZING comfy flip flops – Sanuk Yoga Sling, with soles made from yoga matt material. I wish I had these when I was pregnant! Otherwise cotton maxi dresses, loose t-shirts, maternity shorts… as in those awesome stretchy waist ones will all become your go to for clothing comfort. Keep it light and breezy.
2. How to cool down when pregnant
Air conditioning can be your best friend, but not everyone has it. Also it can be mega expensive, but there is no doubt about it, it does wonders for getting you through a summer pregnancies. Trust me, I used ours a lot more than usual when pregnant. However a good fan can make a big difference too. Cold showers, wet washcloth on your forehead, swimming, pouring a bucket of water over your head… okay that last one might have been a joke, but if it works. Use what means you have to stay cool while pregnant. It’s all acceptable because you are pregnant.
3. From the inside
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 technology is on our side, as a frozen dessert maker pretty much means you can have your frozen treats at home and know exactly what is going into them. This is super important when you are trying to load your body up on great nutrients in between the crazy cravings! 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 would do it for them if they needed it, which means there is no reason not to ask! And if there’s no one you know who can help, consider calling in the experts. There are services out there for pretty much anything these days – washing, ironing, gardening, cleaning, mowing. The works! Outsource it all if it’s in your budget!
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 for fun things to do! Plus it feels great to be weightless for a while instead of lugging around that big round tummy!
7. Keep up your fluids
And of course you need to keep up your hydration even more so when pregnant in the summer. Lots of water!! 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 hydration. Keep a jug in the fridge to make it extra refreshing. Try to avoid hydrating with soft drink or anything loaded with sugar. Aim to keep it as natural as possible.
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. For me I only had to remove mine in my second pregnancy, and as for body piercings, you can get rubber belly button bars that you can leave in right up until near the end if you want to avoid your piercing closing up. You can find heaps of pretty ones on Amazon. And make sure you put any of your usual jewellery in a really safe place that you won’t forget if you do need to remove rings and other things.
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 unsalted nuts or popcorn instead of chips. Your body will thank 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 and taking care of your skin during the hot weather. Plus how stylish will you look in a big floppy sun hat and a kimono by the pool. You gorgeous gal!
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. There are special pregnancy designed ones these days too. They don’t leave so much room for hubby in bed, but totally worth it!! HAHA
With all that in mind though, remember pregnancy is a very special time in your life, whether it is your first pregnancy or your 5th, you want to enjoy it as much as you can! 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. Not only will you be surviving the summer while pregnant, but you will be making those other 3 seasons easier too. Pregnancy comfort is important to your sanity! You can find it HERE.
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