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.
Second time around I got to suffer the whole summer while pregnant but at least it was 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!
So let’s embrace the summer pregnancy tips so you can enjoy being pregnant in summer a little more!!
TIPS FOR SURVIVING SUMMER PREGNANCY
1. BE COMFORTABLE
First things first, get yourself some comfy summer pregnancy clothes or loose fitting outfits. Cotton is best as it’s breathable and stretchy.
Choose comfortable 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, summer maternity shorts… as in these awesome stretchy waist ones that will become your go to for clothing comfort. Keep it light and breathable otherwise.
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2. HOW TO COOL DOWN WHILE PREGNANT
Did you know that your when you are pregnant, your body temperature is higher than average. Almost 2 degrees celsius higher. True fact!
Let’s consider that pregnancy temperature again. No wonder you are feeling hotter than everyone else right now!
Air conditioning can be your best friend, but not everyone has it. It can also be really expensive. But there is no doubt about it, air conditioning does wonders for getting you through 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. COOLING DOWN 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, particuarly if you can load it up with extra folate and iron as well, to ensure you are eating well while pregnant.
4. ASK FOR 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 by the post office for you to run your errands, chances are they are all happy to oblige.
Ask for help and do not feel guilty about it. You would do it for them if they needed it, which means there is no reason not to ask for help when you need it! And if there’s no one you know who can help, consider calling in the experts.
There are services available for pretty much anything these days – washing, ironing, gardening, cleaning, mowing. The works! Outsource it all if it’s in your budget! If it’s not, utilise friends and family to reduce your personal load.
If you have other children, don’t underestimate how much they can help with too. Most younger children love the feeling of importance they get by helping out mum or dad with a job, and teaching them responsibility now will help you when their new sibling arrives.
5. CHOP YOUR LOCKS
This one may seem a little drastic but when you’re hot, sticky and round, sometimes a shorter, lighter haircut can make the world of difference when you are pregnant.
By trimming your hair or getting some layers added, it takes some of that heat away from your neck and is much less maintenance too. Besides, hair grows back. It won’t be gone forever if you suddenly miss your long locks.
Right now the goal is to find ways to simplify your life and keep you cooler during the hot season. And there are some super cute shorter hairstyle options!
6. FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS
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.
If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own pool at home, find someone you know with a pool and get yourself plenty of invites. Don’t feel like being that forward?
Instead head to the local public swimming pool and cool off there. Some of them are pretty flash these days, and extra great if you have other kids who are bothering you through summer for fun things to do!
As an added bonus, it feels great to be weightless for a while instead of lugging around that big round beautiful tummy!
Here are some great maternity swimwear options:
7. KEEP UP 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 enough water. Keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go, 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 on hot summer days. Try to avoid hydrating with soft drink or anything loaded with sugar and cut back on dehydrating coffee.
It is also best to avoid alcohol during your pregnancy, although this is your personal choice to make. If you have concerns, consult your doctor.
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 off to remove it when you have swollen up like a balloon.
For me I only had to remove mine in my second pregnancy, as I got quite lucky the first time. Fluid retention was definitely worse for me second time around.
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 pregnancy body jewellery online. 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. Pregnancy brain is a real thing!
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.
Take care with certain food types when you are pregnant also, as some are high risk for illness if not prepared or kept refrigerated appropriately – raw meat, seafood, soft cheeses are a few examples. There is also a higher risk of food spoiling in summer.
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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!
Choose high protection sunscreen of SPF 50+ when you plan on spending time outdoors. Even in the indirect sun such as driving long distances can result in sunburn. Cover your shoulders with light fabric for extra protection.
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 pyjamas… or completely naked if clothes are just unbearable right now (it happens).
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 pillows these days too, like the one below. They don’t leave so much room for hubby in bed, but totally worth it!!
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 a big believer in simplifying as much as you can before a big life change, be sure to check out my tips on ways to make life easier with a newborn. All these tips won’t just help you with surviving the summer while pregnant, but will also help you to get through all seasons easier. Pregnancy comfort is important to your sanity!
Don’t forget to enjoy those early moments too. They are so precious!
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Do you have any other tips for surviving summer pregnancy?
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