9 Tips for Surviving a Summer Pregnancy

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There is no greater joy than growing the baby you and your partner created.  But being pregnant can be a lot of work.  The heat of summer can be extra rough on a mom-to-be.  Staying comfortable is a must for surviving a summer pregnancy.  Here are 9 tips to make your summer easier:

  1. Be comfortable.  Get yourself some comfy clothes that breathe well - maxi dress, loose fitting tops, shorts that go below the belly, and don’t forget shoes.  Look for an “athletic sandal” like Keens, that provide support while keeping your feet cool.  

  2.  Find ways to cool down.  Air condition is your best friend during the hot days of summer.  Hit the mall or see a movie to get out of the heat.  A good fan can also do wonders for staying cool.  Take a cool shower or make a trip to the pool.  (As a bonus, swimming is a wonderful way to workout during pregnancy and helps with optimal fetal positioning too!)  

  3. Eat cold foods.  Frozen treats, smoothies, and even frozen fruit like blueberries are perfect.  Anything that cools you from the inside out.  

  4. Enlist help.  Don’t try to do as much as you did before pregnancy.  Have your husband/friend/mom/neighbor help with yard work, running an errand or two, etc.  Most are more that happy to help.  You’d the same for them, right?

  5. Get a haircut.  This can seem like a rather drastic move, but when you’re hot and sticky, shorter, lighter hair will make a huge difference.  The low maintenance of short hair can also be nice when you’re taking care of your newborn 24/7.  

  6. Drink plenty fluids.  This is a bit of a no brainer but sometimes we forget.  Try keeping a bottle of water with you at all times.  

  7. Remove jewelry.  Heat can make you swell up like a balloon.  The last thing you want is to have your wedding ring cut off or the discomfort of having something on that’s too tight.  

  8. Use sunblock.  Being pregnant and hot is one thing, you don’t need the added discomfort of a sunburn on top of that.  

  9. Get a good night’s sleep.  Getting great sleep during pregnancy can be challenging enough, but throwing heat into the mix can make it even harder.  Use the air conditioner or a fan at night.  Sleep in light-weight PJs or naked even.  Extra pillows can help with getting into a comfortable position for sleep.  

Remember, pregnancy is a very special time and worth cherishing every moment.  Keeping cool and comfortable will help you get the most enjoyment from your pregnancy.  

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