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Being pregnant is a joyful time. Feeling your tiny baby grow from a collection of cells into an internal gymnast, whirling around, kicking, and punching inside of you at all times of day is a special kind of magic. But in the summer months, as the weather and humidity begin to creep up, pregnancy can soon become bothersome.
Swollen legs and ankles, back pain, and migraines are even harder to deal with in the heat. This post presents some tips to help you survive your summer pregnancy with style.
Keeping cool can be one of the hardest tasks, especially if you’re in the late stages of your pregnancy. If you do need to be outdoors, try to time this so that you are out in the early morning or the late afternoon.
The sun is hottest at midday, so avoid any outdoors activities over the lunch period. This may mean doing any jobs like going to the bank before or after work, rather than during your lunch break.
Another great way to keep cool is to take plenty of cold showers. Jumping in the shower for a few minutes on a colder setting reduces your core body temperature, and you should feel clean and refreshed.
If you’re busy taking care of other little ones, even a 30-second blast of cool water could have you feeling heaps better in no time at all.
Just because your belly is growing doesn’t mean that you can’t look fabulous. And looking fabulous can help us feel amazing too. There are some great summer fashions out there, and so many of them can be adapted for your growing bump.
Keep to light fabrics like linen and cotton. A light flowing shirt coupled with a pair of light cotton leggings, or a strappy summer dress that skims over your bump without clinging would be perfect.
Footwear can be a problem as your feet swell up, and heels often don’t feel like an option. There are some great lightweight trainers available. Choose a pair with breathable uppers, and with some arch support.
Of course, going barefoot as much as possible is always an option – just be careful of any stray toys your little ones may have left lying around the house!
Drinking plenty of water is a given. The standard recommendation is 2 litres of water or other clear liquids every day. In the Summer months, you should up your intake of liquids to make up for the extra your body loses from sweat.
It can be hard making yourself drink so much water, so it’s important to spice up your drinks so that you stay hydrated. You’re probably avoiding caffeine at the moment, so fizzy drinks are a no-go.
Try making up a fruit squash and freezing it in an ice cube tray. You can then add these fruity cubes to a glass of juice, or suck on them as they are – an easy and refreshing way to up your hydration. Another option would be a mocktail (a cocktail with no alcohol) – why not try a virgin mojito with refreshing lime and mint?
Food is also really important – you need to give your baby the nutrition it needs to grow. Luckily, summer is a great time of year for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Fresh strawberries in a fruit salad or a big leafy salad with heaps of fresh tomatoes and crushed black pepper would be great options. Lighter foods can help you feel fuelled without weighing you down. And don’t forget to add a little bit of joy – an ice lolly in the shade can be the perfect antidote to the summer heat.
Surviving a summer pregnancy can be difficult, but keeping an eye on how you’re feeling can help you spot the moments where you just need to rest and relax. Don’t be too hard on yourself – you’ve got this!