It’s no secret that being pregnant is hard on your body. But it can get a whole lot harder when you’re pregnant during the heat and humidity of the summer. If you’re not properly prepared being pregnant in the summer can be downright miserable. But don’t worry, with a little planning and preparation a summer pregnancy can actually be really enjoyable!
This is my second time being pregnant during the summer so I’ve learned a thing or two about summer pregnancies. I’ve put together 9 tips and tricks that will not only help you survive but thrive during a summer pregnancy!!!
Bloating is one of those lovely side effects of pregnancy. And unfortunately, heat and humidity only makes it worse. Another thing that contributes to bloating, is an excessive intake of salt. While you can’t control the fact that your body is holding extra fluids and you can’t control the weather you can control your salt intake.
Most processed and canned food is loaded with extra salt so its easy to consume large amounts without even being aware. This extra salt can kick your bloating into overdrive, which can make summer absolutely miserable.
Some really easy ways to reduce your sodium intake are to make sure you’re buying items that are low or reduced sodium, limiting the amount of fast-food you’re eating, and watching how much table salt you’re putting on food.
KICK BACK AND RELAX
Another easy way to keep swelling down is by keeping your feet elevated. Whenever you’re sitting make sure you have your legs propped up.
If you’re outside at the beach, the pool, or outside event make sure to bring one of those foldable camping chairs and a small portable stool with you. This will help keep the swelling in your legs down while you are out in the heat.
I have a Coleman Event Stool that I used during my time in the army. It works perfectly whenever I’m going to be out sitting outside for long periods of time. It’s been such a lifesaver. Not only am I more comfortable but it really does help keep the swelling down.
TIMING IS EVERYTHING
Whenever possible avoid spending time outside during the hottest part of the day. Nothing can sap your energy during pregnancy quicker than running errands in the middle of the day. If possible try to do things first thing in the morning. Also, take advantage of online shopping and grocery pickup services.
If you haven’t discovered grocery pickup you need to check it out. Its seriously amazing and a major time and energy saver.
And if you have to be outside during the day then a few things you can do to help keep you cool and comfortable are;
- Keep a Water Bottle close by, and make sure to drink LOTS of water
- Use small Battery Operated Mini Fan (which you can later clip onto your baby’s stroller to help keep them cool in the heat)
- Use a Cooling Towel around your neck
- Get a folding chair with canopy
Remember to pay close attention and listen to your body. If you start to feel light-headed, dizzy, or sick then make sure you get somewhere you can cool down and drink plenty of water.
Dress for the heat
One easy way to stay cool during the summer is to dress for the heat. Pants are not your friend during a summer pregnancy. Invest in a few lightweight and flowy maternity dresses. There are plenty of cute dresses out there for under $30. I bought this Contrast Maxi Tank Dress and this Stripe Maxi Tank Dress off amazon, they fit really well and are super light.
If you stick with basic colors you can easily add accessories and dress them up or down to get the most use out of them. You can also wear them with a jean jacket or cardigan once the weather starts to cool down. You’ll also be surprised at how long you can wear a nonmaternity maxi dress. I was able to wear mine well into my second trimester.
Consider picking up a few pairs of inexpensive athletic shorts from somewhere like Walmart or Target. Something loose and comfortable for running errands or wearing around the house.
The most important thing to remember is that you want loose clothing! Nothing is going to make you feel worse than wearing clothes that tight while you’re out in the heat. Do not stress about the size of the clothes you’re buying. What’s important is your comfort right now. You can worry about what clothing sizes you’re wearing after you have your baby.
Regardless of what time of year it is, you should always have a water bottle close by. You’re going to need to drink anywhere from 2-3 liters of water a day during your pregnancy, which is a lot. Staying hydrated during pregnancy is incredibly important but it’s even more important during the summer when the high temperatures are putting extra stress on your body.
You’ll be surprised by how many pregnancy aches and pains are caused by dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, nausea, and increased swelling. In your third trimester dehydration can not only cause Braxton Hicks contractions but can actually trigger preterm labor. So don’t forget to drink plenty of water!!!!
If you’re not a big fan of water then you can mix things up by making your own infused waters. Add things like lemons, limes, and frozen fruits. Nalgene Water Bottles are perfect for summer, not only are they easy to tote around but the largemouth makes it easy to add ice or fruits. If you’re not a fan of wide mouth water bottles, you can pick up an Easy Sipper insert to make them easier to drink from.
I know that when most people think of water aerobics they picture older women in swim caps. But trust me water aerobic is a great activity to do while you’re pregnant. Its a low impact and safe way to get in some exercise without putting further strain on your joints. It’s also a great way to get out of the heat!
Water aerobics is especially great during your third trimester when all the baby weight combined with loosening muscles makes it much more difficult to exercise safely. Almost any gym or YMCA with a pool offers some form of water aerobics. Don’t be afraid to get in the pool and give it try!
Relax in the pool
Speaking of pools, if you have access to one then take advantage of it! Lounging in the pool is a great way to spend a hot afternoon. If you don’t access to a pool then consider buying yourself an inflatable pool. Now I’m not talking about those little blue plastic pools. Inflatable pools have come a long way and there are plenty of options for adult-sized lounging pools.
Check out this Family Sized Inflatable Swimming Pool. It’s large enough for you to stretch out and relax in! Add a large umbrella for shade and a good book then you’re all set for a lazy relaxing day in the pool!!!
Become a Mall Walker
It’s important to stay active during pregnancy, but that can be difficult when the temperatures start climbing. One great way to stay active and stay out of the heat is to stroll around your local mall. Go early to beat the crowds and do a few laps around.
This will help get you out of the house and keep active. You can also use that time to browse the stores for the best deals on baby clothes and other things you’ll need for your little one!!
If you’re sitting out by the pool or at the beach the summer then you’re going to need a great beach read. Even if you’re sitting inside enjoying the AC reading a good book is a great way to pass the day.
Did you know that most libraries now provide FREE ebooks and audiobooks!!!! Seriously I was so excited when I found this out. I love my Kindle Paperwhite but I hated paying for ebooks now that we are living on one income and trying to stick to a budget.
Checking out library ebooks and audiobooks work pretty much just like a normal library book. Most libraries use an app called OVERDRIVE where you can choose what book you want to read and check it out for 30 days at a time. If you haven’t tried it yet then I highly recommend stopping by your local library and getting more details on their ebook program.
I hope that these tips and tricks help you to make the most of your summer pregnancy! Do you have any tips that got you through a summer pregnancy that I might have missed? If so I would love to hear them in the comments below!! Have a great summer!!!
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