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As the weather warms up, we're starting to make our summer plans. I'm looking for deals on summer clothes and toys and all the rest of the stuff we'll need once it gets hot here. If you're going to be pregnant this summer, you may want to start prepping as well.
Being pregnant when it's hot out is its own special kind of hell. Lugging around an entire extra human inside you is a tall job on the best days...but on days that already cause everyone to fan themselves and sweat profusely, it's especially torturous.
More than once during the summer months, my husband would come home from work to find a pregnant me stripped down to my underwear, lying on the couch...and not in a fun way. In a "don't touch me, you terrible terrible man just get out unless you're bringing me ice cream" way.
A fake smile from a pregnant lady who desperately wants to get rid of ALL THE CLOTHES
You can do this thing, though. You can even get outside and actually enjoy yourself. Here are a few tips for surviving the hot months as a pregnant mama.
5 tips for surviving a summer pregnancy
1. Take care of your feet
I've noticed that if I can keep my feet rested and cool, the rest of my body seems to work better as well. You might try this TheraFlow Dual Foot Massager from Amazon – it has a great rating and more than 2,500 reviews from people singing its praises.
2. Take off your rings now
Your fingers WILL swell when you're pregnant, and they swell even more during the summer heat. Even now that I'm no longer pregnant, I have to remove my wedding rings every summer and put them back on in the fall. Be sure to put them in a safe place (that you won't forget! Not that I speak from experience...) Or you could put them on a chain and wear them as a necklace during the warmer months.
3. Drink lots of water
It's a pain drinking a lot of water when it already feels like your baby's squishing your bladder to the size of a pea. But you need to avoid dehydration and drinking plenty of water actually helps reduce swelling as well.
I carted a 48-oz Nalgene water bottle with me everywhere. Start off in the morning filling it with water, plenty of ice, and a lemon slice, and keep refilling it throughout the day. You can also store a giant pitcher of water in the fridge, topped off with ice and cucumber slices so you can pretend you're at a spa (at least for the few seconds you're sipping your water anyway.) Just be sure to make a mental note of the closest bathroom wherever you go. You're gonna need it.
4. Swim when you can
Words can't actually describe the feeling of being in the water when you're pregnant. Not only are you cooling down, you're taking the weight off your tired feet and back while you float. Take advantage of any opportunity you get to go for a swim.
5. Wear a hat and really good sunscreen
Your skin can be more sensitive during pregnancy, so it's important to make sure it's well-protected from the sun. Wear a hat when you're outside, and be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen. You can find out which ingredients in sunscreen are considered low-risk for pregnant women in this our site article. This La Roche-Posay sunscreen is available on Amazon and got a top rating from Consumer Reports.
Photos courtesy of iStock and Laura Falin
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