When summer temps begins to sizzle, pregnant women can really feel the heat. Mighty Mommy shares 10 cool ways to enjoy a summer pregnancy.
Tip 5: Ice it Up
I didn’t have many cravings during my seven pregnancies, but one that I had for each and every one was crushed ice. I worked in a dental practice for 20 years, so I knew better than to chew on ice, but I also needed to satisfy my craving. So instead of noshing on ice, I created my own frozen delights such as frozen lemonade and OJ, and other homemade pops. When I was feeling overheated or needed a fix, I’d head to the freezer and grab one of my frozen treats. They were tasty and took the edge off! See Also: How to Celebrate National Frozen Food Day
Tip 6: Use Cold Compresses
When you’re hot and pregnant, your new best friend could easily become an everyday washcloth. Wet a few washcloths (I used to wet mine with a mixture of water and lemon juice—ahh!) and stick them in the freezer, then pull them out on a hot day, lay down, and place the compress on your forehead. As a bonus, see if you can get your spouse or partner to rub your tired, pregnant feet at the same time. It’s an instant spa moment!
Tip 7: Seek a Cooling Scent
In 10 Ways to Keep Cool in Pregnancy, we learn that certain fragrances can help lower body temps. "Mandarin and neroli essential oils are known for their cooling properties - perfect when you're feeling hot and bothered," says Susan Curtis, Medicines Director and natural homeopath at Neal's Yard Remedies. "Simply add a few drops of either oil to witch hazel flower water and use as a spritz for your face, neck and arms." Curtis goes on to suggest adding a couple of drops of lavender oil to a foot bath to help soothe swollen ankles.
Tip 8: Keep the Bedroom Cool
It can become increasingly more difficult to get a good night’s sleep as your pregnancy progresses, so making your bedroom comfy is key. To help, keep your bedroom as cool as possible, keep the curtains drawn all day to prevent the sun from warming it up, and use a fan. If you’re lucky to have a few moments to yourself on a hot summer’s day, sneak off into your bedroom for a power nap or just some quiet time. The cool, dark environment will help you relax and chill out. See Also: 5 Ways to Help Your Family Sleep Better
If you’re lucky to have a few moments to yourself on a hot summer’s day, sneak off into your bedroom for a power nap or just some quiet time.
Tip 9: Find a Polar Jacuzzi
One of my favorite indulgences (pregnant or not) is soaking in my Jacuzzi tub; it’s something I treat myself to at least once a week, all year long. When I was pregnant, I enjoyed this special time even more, but during the sizzling months of summer, I would fill my Jacuzzi with crisp, cold water, put on my bathing suit, and soak away, jets and all. If you can't do this at home, try the local gym or YMCA. Bonus: I loved to listen to audio books when I had a cold soak, because I could close my eyes and escape to a whole new world!
Tip 10: Think Cool
If you don’t have access to an ice cold Jacuzzi or a frozen lemon compress, you can try another method of cooling down that only requires one thing: closing your eyes and using your mind. Popular for years now, visualization is a technique in which one quiets the mind and focuses on a particular theme or idea that she wants to see come to fruition in her own life.
In Visualization A Key to Achieving Your Goals, the author states that visualization “is the use of the imagination through pictures or mental imagery to create visions of what we want in our lives, and how to make them happen. Along with focus and emotion, it becomes a powerful, creative tool that helps us achieve what we want in life.” So with that in mind, try this technique when you need to cool off. Here’s a fun beach meditation that will help you relax and feel as cool as a cucumber.
How do you stay cool in the heat of the summer? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section at quickanddirtytips.com/mighty-mommy, post your ideas on the Mighty Mommy Facebook page, or email me at email@example.com. Also, visit my family-friendly boards at Pinterest.com/MightyMommyQDT.
Be sure to sign up for the upcoming Mighty Mommy newsletter, chock full of practical advice to make your parenting life easier and more enjoyable.