Just saying the word summer conjures up visions of cool drinks, beaches, and warm weather. Many of us look forward to summer days after the cold and wet of the winter months. But despite the joys of sunshine, a summer pregnancy presents a whole new set of challenges. It’s hard enough carrying and caring for an extra person but you’ve to do it when the temperatures hit record highs!
The most important thing if you’re pregnant in summer is to stay safe and comfortable. Here are a few tips to help you relax in the hot weather:
It’s easier said than done but staying cool is your number one priority in summer. Don’t hesitate to turn on the AC but even running it on high isn’t enough sometimes. Remember, water is your best friend in summer and we’re not just talking about the beach. Swimming is an excellent way to cool down and as a bonus, floating in water relieves the pressure on your internal organs and legs.
Not enough time to go down to the pool? Even a kiddie pool away from direct sunlight can help keep you cool. Another way to beat the heat is taking frequent but quick showers. Don’t even bother with soap each time, a quick rinse with cold water can do wonders for your body.
You can also keep a misting bottle handy at all times. Spray a bit of water every now and then, especially when you’re in the car. Damp washcloths are another cool tip – one on your neck or shoulders can actually stop sweating. The air conditioner is not the only tool in your arsenal!
Wear Comfortable Clothes
This might seem like a no-brainer but not all maternity clothes are comfy in summer. A combination of sweat and tight clothing can cause infections or make you chafe. Opt for natural, breathable fabrics like cotton in loose designs. If you’re headed outside in the heat, wear light-colored clothing as dark colors absorb more heat.
Sunglasses are a must to protect your eyes, even in mild sunshine. Lastly, don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply a good mineral based sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out and re-apply throughout the day. Sunscreen is safe for your child as well, so don’t forget to keep a bottle nearby!
Experiment with Summer Recipes
Cooking can be a hassle when you’re tired and the summer heat can make it worse. Why not try out some cold summer recipes that don’t need the oven or a stove? A quick google search will get you hundreds of easy to make recipes for everything from cold drinks to salads. There are quite a few cold soup recipes that can keep you cool as well. Experiment with homemade or store-bought mocktails or even some DIY popsicles. Of course, when all else fails – there’s always ice cream!
Take it Easy
The summer heat doesn’t mean you can only sit inside with the AC on but you should take sensible precautions. It’s easy to get caught up in chores and errands, even when you’re pregnant. If it’s not urgent or someone else can do it, leave it for another day. Ask a friend or hire someone to help you with difficult tasks. If you’re feeling weak, thirsty or light-headed, stop what you’re doing and take a rest or nap for an hour. The mess will still be there tomorrow! If your symptoms don’t go away, contact your doctor immediately.
Everyone’s pregnancy is different but one thing is certain – you need some time to yourself. Whether that’s relaxing in the pool or getting a mani-pedi with friends, do something that makes you feel good. A summer pregnancy can be exhausting which is why you need some time off from everything. Get a new haircut, walk around a local mall or go out for dinner with your family and friends. Try to schedule trips in the morning or late evening when the sun isn’t quite so brutal.
Don’t let the summer heat stop you from enjoying pregnancy. Being pregnant in summer doesn’t mean you’ve to give up on all the fun stuff. Simply follow these tips to enjoy a safe and comfortable summer with your baby!