Summer is just around the corner ladies and that means long days, super light mornings, the sweet sound of the ice-cream van doing the rounds, endless BBQ’s and general merriment in the sunshine. YIPPEE!
However, the hot weather is not everyone’s friend and never more so than when you’re expecting. When pregnant our core body temperature rises, which is due to a combination of those pesky pregnancy hormones and increased blood flow pumping through our bodies.
Both my kids were born in September, albeit a month early but twice I spent a wretched hot summer heavily pregnant, uncomfortable and bloody miserable.
I had always imagined summer pregnancies to be filled with cute floating maxi dresses, my belly unashamedly on show, long walks on the beach, sun kissed tans and, of course, an abundance of glowing.
The reality however, was very different (for me at least) – there was; in no particular order; the chafing thighs, the butt sweating, the sleepless nights, the risk of dehydration, the increased susceptibility to sunburn and don’t even get me started on the swollen feet, heat rash, sausage toes and fat fingers.
Yep summer pregnancy is no walk in the park ladies. However, there are plenty of things you can do to ease the discomfort and keep yourselves safe when out and about in the sunshine.
KEEP YOUR FLUIDS UP
It’s so easy to dehydrate when you’re pregnant and this can cause you to faint, so ensure you carry a bottle of water with you always. Dehydration is more common during pregnancy than at any other times. Thankfully most of the cases in pregnancy are mild, but severe dehydration can be serious and put both mum and baby at risk.
BEWARE OF YOUR SALT INTAKE
Watch your salt intake which you should be aware of anyway during pregnancy but more so in the warmer months; you’ll be thankful as it’s responsible for the increase in water retention which leads to those puffy sausage fingers and swollen feet. You’ll feel more comfortable too.
AVOID THE MIDDAY SUN
Avoid the midday sun which is typically between 11.am.-3.pm. and if you must go outside please try and arrange for it to be outside of these hours and staying inside during the hottest part of the day.
WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHES
Natural fibre clothes are your best option, polyester is not your friend ladies, although for most, I know a pair of leggings can be our saviour.
WEAR A HAT
Wear a hat! If you’re going to be out in the sun for a long period of time make sure you get yourself a wide brimmed one. They look super cute too.
INVEST IN A HAND HELD FAN
Buy yourself a battery-operated fan, one you can keep in your handbag at all times. This will be a lifesaver if you’re commuting on busy public transport or you sat in a stuffy office with no air con.
For an instance cooler -run your wrists under a cold tap of water, this is a sure-fire way to cool you down instantly.
A friend recommended this to me and it was a lifesaver, works a treat when you’re stuck in a hot office with no air-conditioning and a small desk fan.