Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life—it can also be one of the most uncomfortable, particularly if you’re expecting during the summer. Ask any woman who’s made it through July at seven, eight or nine months pregnant and she’ll tell you: it won’t always be pretty. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should hide in an air conditioned room until September hits (probably not a reality for any of us). We’ve got the pregnancy tricks and tips that will help you survive this summer (and enjoy it!). Here are 10 of our best.
We probably don’t need to tell you that staying hydrated while pregnant is important—even more so during the summer. According to the Mayo Clinic, pregnant women should be drinking around 10 cups of fluids a day, and you may want to up that when the temperatures peak. Carry a water bottle with you and drink throughout the day—if you’re feeling thirsty it means you’re already dehydrated. Getting bored with plain old water? Think about infusing your bottle with fruit (or even cucumbers!).
If you have access to a local or community pool, now’s the time to take advantage of it. From an aerobic perspective, the benefits of swimming while pregnant are huge—not only is it low-impact, it keeps you from overheating and can reduce swelling in your arms and legs. Daily exercise can also help you sleep better, and reduces stress. Don’t have access to a pool, but still need to cool down? Invest in a baby pool, fill that puppy up, and park yourself in it. And you know what? You don’t even need to buy a maternity suit (unless you want to, of course). We LOVE seeing pregnant mamas rocking a bikini (and beautiful baby belly).
When the mercury rises, there’s nothing better than snacks that cool from the inside out. Look for healthy smoothie recipes, and think about making your own popsicles. Practicing good nutrition while pregnant is important for you and your baby—by creating your own sweet treats you can control exactly what goes into your body. If you're strapped for time think about freezing some go-gurt tubes for an easy, go-to snack.
Summer pregnancy can be hard, but the fashion choices don’t need to be. Look for loose dresses in fabrics like cotton and linen. And go for lighter colors—they’ll keep you cooler than shades like navy blue and black.
There’s nothing worse than a sunburn—except a sunburn when you’re pregnant. Slather up with a high SPF, wear a hat, and seek out shade. Your skin will thank you.
Swelling is a reality of pregnancy, but the summer heat can make it feel unbearable. Although you don’t want to completely eliminate salt (the baby needs iodine to develop), by reducing your intake you can curb some of the irritation. And when you’re home, make sure to put your feet up.
If you need to get out, try to do it before the heat hits. Mid-day sun is the most intense—and most dangerous. If possible, schedule your walks and outdoor activities in the morning (or evening). Reserve the hottest part of the day for hiding in that air conditioned room or office.
Make this a (mostly) no-cook summer—standing over a stove will only make you feel more uncomfortable. We've got some creative (and delicious) salad recipes on our Pinterest page, and don’t forget about your outdoor grill.
For the next few months, make movie theaters and malls your go-to destinations. There’s nothing better than strolling through a cool, air-conditioned space (or sitting, for that matter), when the temperatures are out of control. If you’re on your second pregnancy, look for baby and kid friendly movie events—they’ve become increasingly popular over the last few years (and are a great way to kill a morning or afternoon).
You may be sweltering, but keep an eye on the big picture—you’re going to be a mama! Take some time for self-care—schedule a manicure, pedicure, or massage. A little relaxation will help you put everything into perspective. And in preparation for your new arrival, don't forget to check out our new patterns–we've even got a perforated cover that will keep you cool in any type of heat.