When summer temps begins to sizzle, pregnant women can really feel the heat. Mighty Mommy shares 10 cool ways to enjoy a summer pregnancy.
Six of my pregnancies were spent during the beautiful summer months. Sure, it was nice to carry a growing belly around in the delightful sunshine rather than the icy, slippery days of winter, but the combination of me getting bigger and bigger and the temps outside getting hotter and hotter made for some extremely uncomfortable conditions.
But even though things are heating up, you can still enjoy your pregnancy. Mighty Mommy shares 10 cool ways that you can chill out this summer - even if you're not expecting!
Tip 1: Drink—A Lot!
When you’re expecting, you already spend much of your day and night heading to the bathroom, And during the hot months, you should expect to keep that momentum going, because you really need to stay extra-hydrated. Drinking ice water (or your fave beverage such as sparkling water or iced tea) will not only keep you cool and refreshed, it’s also super important for you and your growing baby.
In Your Total Summer Pregnancy Guide, Kathy McManus, RD, Director of the Department of Nutrition at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, explains that "by the time you actually feel thirsty, you're already well past the point of dehydration. That's why it's important to drink water all day long." So keep your water bottle full and sip 6 to 8 glasses a day. This truly was one tip that kept me feeling cool and refreshed during those summer scorchers!
Tip 2: Keep Cool in the Kiddie Pool
During my first pregnancy, we had a lovely, in-ground pool, so all I had to do to cool off was put on my (maternity) bathing suit and head to my backyard. It truly was heaven! The cold water felt great on my swollen ankles, and I could float away to my heart’s content. A year later, we moved to our current home, which is a stone throw’s from the beach - but we had no pool. To remedy that, I invested in an extra-large blow up pool for the backyard. It was big enough to sit in comfortably in, my then 1-year old could play in it right beside me. Sure, it wasn’t the same as having our in-ground spa, but it was a great alternative to keeping cool and having fun with my toddler at the same time.
Tip 3: Try an Ice-Cold Foot Bath
For a really quick fix in the heat, grab a large bucket and fill it with ice water. I would soak my feet a couple of times a day while watching TV, reading, or just waiting for dinner to finish cooking. It was just enough to cool me down quickly, and ease my swollen ankles, too!
One summer, I was seven months pregnant when our family traveled to Walt Disney World in early August. Hot was an understatement!
Tip 4: Spray Yourself
Misting yourself with cool water can refresh you instantly, especially if you’re outside in the heat of the day. Buy a spray bottle and fill it with water, then spritz it on your face regularly to cool down. One summer, I was seven months pregnant when our family traveled to Walt Disney World in early August. Hot was an understatement! Luckily, I purchased a water bottle that had a fan on it. I went through several batteries, but it was worth it!