I’ve been lucky where heat and pregnancy are concerned – both of my boys are winter babies, which means by the time I got to the super uncomfortable and hot phase of things, it was cool enough outside to provide relief instead of exacerbating the situation.
I went without a coat in the Midwest all winter, in fact. It was lovely.
If you’re not so lucky, though, and you are looking at a long summer with swollen ankles and no way to cool down, here are some tips and tricks for making it through.
Water is your friend.
You should be drinking plenty while pregnant anyway, and if you get dehydrated, things will not be great, my friend. Some tricks for drinking a lot is to use a straw and infuse your water with fruit if plain stuff isn’t your jam.
Choose your clothes carefully.
Flowy dresses for the win, but anything restrictive is going to make you hate everything. And if you’re home? Bra and undies is where it’s at.
All of the ice.
Eat it, chew it, fill your drinks with it, and toss it in a bath for your swollen feet at the end of the day. And don’t forget to toss an ice pack or two in a cooler if you’re going to be spending time outdoors (or for when it’s too hot to sleep).
A cool shower, a dip in the pool, through the sprinkler with the kids – this is one thing that’s great about being pregnant in the summer.
If you have to be out, do it when the sun isn’t.
Get out early or stay up late, but use the middle of the day to bask half-naked in the air conditioning.
Several small meals are fine, but if you gorge all at once, you’re bound to feel even sweatier and grosser than you do already.
Try not to worry about your energy bills.
Crank up the AC and tell your kids and husband to pile on the blankets.
There you go! You’ll make it to the end, and your little bundle of joy will be worth it – in the meantime, it’s all about staying cool, mama!