We all know that being pregnant in the summer is not fun! Summertime in many regions of the country can bring intense heat, which can feel brutal to an expectant mother. Hopefully, these ideas will give you some relief, and allow you to beat the heat while enjoying this very special time in your life, even if the weather is not cooperating.
- Drink A LOT of water! This sounds super simple, but staying hydrated helps avoid many potential problems that can affect mamas-to-be in the heat. Try buying a large water bottle and keeping it on hand at all times. Flavor your water with fruit to make it more enticing - or you can even suck on ice cubes to stay extra-hydrated and quench your thirst. Every little bit counts!
- Take lukewarm showers! Replacing your hot showers with lukewarm water will help cool down your skin. Cold showers, however, are not recommended as they could possibly send your system into shock which isn't good for you or your baby. If you can tolerate a lukewarm bath - that's another great option.
- Indoor activities are key, and air conditioning is the name of the game! Pregnancy is a great excuse to head to the movies (The Barbie Movie is coming out July 21!) or to hit up your favorite indoor shopping spot. The air conditioning will give you a nice pick-me-up and help you to get through the long summer days.
- Get a Massage! First and foremost, find a reputable massage therapist that specializes in prenatal massage. A good massage specific to pregnant women can help ease swelling, soothe strained muscles, and is a nice break from the heat of the summer (and life in general!).
- Take a swim! Water is a mama-to-be’s best friend, so don’t shy away from the pool! An afternoon dip will not only lower your body temp, but the buoyancy will also ease the stress on your squished organs. Plus, splashing around provides a great low-impact workout. Need a swimsuit to go with? Any MOLOCO piece has got you covered!
- Wear lightweight maternity clothes! For maximum cuteness and comfort, go for loose and lightweight options that will help keep you from overheating. Check out these easy, breezy summer dresses that will work for maternity and beyond from La Paloma.
- Try to relax! Keeping your calm on is oh so important when you’re a mama-to-be. Consider taking a prenatal yoga class, enjoying long walks around your city or town or a short and simple morning meditation.