6 strategies to survive your summer pregnancy
Summer is almost here (and for some of us in the south, it is already upon us). While summer might mean ice cream and barbecues, this season can feel like something entirely different to a pregnant woman: swollen ankles, relentless heat, and sweating from sun up to sun down. If you find yourself pregnant in the height of the summer, we have some tips to help you survive.
- Don’t go anywhere without your water bottle. It can be easy to become dehydrated when you are pregnant since your placenta filters out fluids for your baby. This is even easier when it is hot and humid outside. Carry a water bottle with you at all times, and drink enough so that when you pee your urine is pale yellow. Anything darker means it’s time to increase the fluids. If water sounds boring, try to spice it up with infusions like mint, frozen berries, or slices of lemon.
- Two words: air conditioning. If you happen to have air conditioning, now is the time to crank it up. But don’t worry if you don’t—there are many places where (nearly) free AC abounds. Think libraries, the mall, movie theaters, and your friend’s house.
- Dress for the weather. You might feel self-conscious about your expanding belly, but now is the time to let those insecurities go to the wayside! Wear breathable fabrics like cotton and don’t be shy about wearing shorts or sporting that bikini at the pool. Speaking of pools…
- Find a good pool…or bathtub. Nothing can relieve aches and pains of pregnancy like a good soak in a pool or tub. If you don’t have access to a pool, you can always improvise by filling your bathtub with cool water.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen. It might be tempting to forego the sunscreen since it seems like too much work at this point, but slather it on. Sunburns aren’t good for anyone, especially the sensitive skin that comes with pregnancy. If you are concerned about chemical exposure, opt for a physical barrier sunscreen that includes zinc oxide.
- Stay indoors on extremely hot days. You might be tempted to go for a long walk to get labor going, but when the sun is at its peak and the days are hot, it is best to stay inside and stay cool. Put up your feet and enjoy the last few moments you have to yourself before baby comes!