Some women dread being pregnant in the summer heat. For me, there were many things that I actually enjoyed during my summer pregnancies. Swimming in the pool with my other children as a form of exercise, frozen refreshing treats and wearing airy dresses were some of my favorites. My last three pregnancies had September due dates, and I just became committed to keeping cool (and using compression hose and acupuncture)!
Here are seven tips for staying cool while pregnant this summer:
Keep a water bottle with you at all times (add Ultima electrolyte powder or
cucumber, watermelon, or other fruit for an added bonus).
Sleep is important for a healthy pregnancy. Set up an environment that is dark and cool (68 degrees is the perfect temperature to sleep). Wear light clothing such as organic cotton, silk, or linen and no underwear if you are comfortable. Sleep on moisture-wicking or bamboo sheets with a fan to keep air moving in your room.
Find a local pool or body of water to visit to cool off and float. This can also be a great source of prenatal exercise.
Avoid overheating from being out in the direct sun or hot temperatures and choose to gather with friends in air conditioned or shaded areas.
Keep sunscreen, sunhats, sunglasses and sunblock clothing in your car or bag.
Cool down with cooling cloths or ice packs. Make refreshing summer frozen
drinks, popsicles, and frozen fruit medleys.
Wear natural fabrics (linen, bamboo, light organic cotton) and invest in some
flowing dresses that allow air movement.
Don’t let the summer sun get you down. It’s ok to embrace, and also avoid the heat and still enjoy your summer baby bump!