How To Stay Cool During A Summer Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a lot of things, but during a summer pregnancy normally one thing is at the forefront: you’re hot. And sticky. And hot. With this being my second summer pregnancy I wanted to share a few tips I use to stay cool in the summer.
In terms for wardrobe, being pregnant in the summer months rocks. Open toe shoes are easy to get on, clothes can be loose and light, it’s perfect. But it’s still hot.
Since the due date with both of my pregnancies has been labor day weekend (how does that even happen?), I have the luxury of being pregnant literally all summer. The funny part is, when I’m not rocking a baby bump in the summer I truly enjoy the heat. I live in Canada so summer heat is a gift after a long winter!
But I can’t deny that being in the third trimester during the middle of summer doesn’t have its downfalls. Regardless, it’s not in my nature to sit inside all summer and thus I’ve developed a few coping strategies.
Drink Seriously Cool Drinks
Pun intended here. Sip on drinks that are chilled and icy but give you a boost of hydration. Opt out of sugar loaded drinks in the midday heat because they won’t actually keep you cool. Instead, go for infused water, icy smoothies and delicious summertime mocktails.
The coolness of the drink will keep your internal temperature down a bit and the water in the drinks will keep you hydrated.
Swim.. a lot
If you know someone with a pool, become their best friend. Hanging out in the cool water feels amazing when you’re pregnant. Not only does that belly float but the water feels unbelievably refreshing when your skin feels uber hot!
Our neighbors (and best friends) have a pool and far too often come home to find me in it! Relaxing, doing laps or literally just standing there. It’s worth it, I promise.
Wear a hat
Okay, this is a simple one. But wearing a hat was something I refused to do for the longest time. I’m not a hat person and really do look silly! But there’s no denying that keeping the sun off your face directly helps keep your body a bit cooler.
Snack on cool treats
Just like staying hydrated there is something to be said for smoothies (like this chunky monkey smoothie), popsicles, homemade ice cream, slushies (the healthy kind like this fizzy watermelon slushy!) and frozen fruit pops! Help cool that little bean down by snacking on something chilled when you feel just a bit too tasty
Find some shade & a breeze
Long gone are the days when you could lay in the middle of the beach, with no umbrella or coverage for hours on end. If you’re pregnant, stay cool by stepping out of the direct sunlight and under an umbrella. You’ll still be warm but not unbearably so.
Same goes with a breeze. Our upper deck is blocked from wind which is great in the spring and fall. But in the middle of the summer it’s a heat trap. Instead, find somewhere to relax where you can feel the wind and thus cool off when you have the chance.
Plan Your Day Accordingly
I remain fairly active, even during pregnancy (here’s a few reasons being an active preggo rocks!). And this year I’ll be up and about even more so since I have a little munchkin to take care of! Which means, I’ll be paying more attention to when we’re out and about. Early afternoon is the hottest time of day so you can bet we’ll be avoiding long walks, no shade and too much exposure during that time! Instead, I’ll plan to get our big activities done in the morning so we can stay just a bit cooler in the afternoon.
Avoid tight slinky clothes
Dress for comfort if you can and rock some maxi dresses, light capris and anything else loose. I made the mistake the first time around of getting a very lovely maxi dress made of the thickest fabric ever and hated every minute I wore it (mainly for two outdoor weddings!).
Be smart in choosing your wardrobe and go for practicality.
So there you are! My biggest tips for keeping cool during a summer pregnancy without having you sit in the AC all day. Remember, there are perks to summer and winter pregnancies so embrace it, rock your belly and stay as cool as you can!