Being pregnant is already difficult, but add in the summer’s heat and it becomes brutal. It’s difficult carrying and caring for that little baby growing inside of you during those hot summer months. Some days it might even seem like you won’t make it out alive. Trust me, I’ve been right where you are. My daughter was due in October. So, I got to enjoy my third trimester in the hot, hot, hot Kansas summer sun. It was difficult, but I survived a summer pregnancy and you can too! Here are 5 things I did to make my summer pregnancy more bearable.
Stay Hydrated – It is important for everyone to keep their bodies hydrated during the Summer. It’s even more important for a mama to be. Experts recommend drinking at least 8 8 oz glasses of water per day. If you are going to be out in the sun you will need to drink even more. It’s crucial to make sure you are putting in extra effort to keep your body hydrated during pregnancy. Take it from a mom who has been there. I wound up in the emergency room last July when I was 6 months pregnant due to dehydration.
Dress appropriately – Fill your summer pregnancy wardrobe with light breathable fabrics. Try to choose light colored cotton and linen pieces. Stick to shorts, tank tops, flowy dresses and skirts. Better yet, throw on a bikini and check out our next summer pregnancy activity.
Spend time in the pool – Try to spend as much of your summer pregnancy in the water as possible. There are many benefits to swimming during pregnancy. It is of course a wonderful way to cool down during those hot summer days. It also helps support your body weight and take the pressure off your spine and limbs. Plus, swimming is a wonderful low impact workout to try during your pregnancy. You can’t go wrong with a day in the pool for both fun and fitness.
Avoid going out in the afternoon – The sun’s rays are the strongest between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm. So, try to schedule your day around those times. Run your errands first thing in the morning or in the early evening if possible. Then utilize your freed up afternoon to take a well deserved nap. Pregnancy is hard work and you deserve it. If you are feeling a little stir crazy and need to get out be sure to follow our next summer pregnancy tip.
Take advantage of the air conditioning – One of the best ways to beat the heat during a summer pregnancy is by staying inside. There are plenty of great ways to keep yourself busy indoors. You can head to the mall and do some shopping for the baby – my favorite activity. Some other indoor activities you might enjoy are going to a movie, attending a yoga class, getting a manicure, or having a prenatal massage.