Whether you are due in the summer or you will be pregnant throughout the summer, it's important to know a few tricks to stay cool, and comfortable in the heat.
Struggling with heat during pregnancy?
- Increase your fluids and drink more water.
- Avoid too much heat exposure.
- Go swimming
- Wear maternity summer dresses
- Invest in a travel fan
1. Increase Your Fluids
Summer pregnancies can be a while lot more tolerable if you increase your fluids. Drink lots of water or gatorade so you can stay hydrated.
There is nothing worse than getting dizzy or even passing out from dehydration (and yes...this is a thing).
Water can get boring, I know. Here are a few ideas to keep you hydrated, but a welcome change from water:
- lemonade/strawberry lemonade
- cherry limeades (store-bought, Sonic bought, or whatever you like)
- water with fruit--this is a great way to add some extra flavor to otherwise tasteless water
Another great way to increase your fulids is with watermelon. Afterall, watermelon is mostly water, so nibble on some throughout your summer pregnancy for a nice refreshing snack!
Related: how to start drinking more water
2. Avoid too much heat exposure
Sometimes it's unavoidable, but during a summer pregnancy, you should limit your heat exposure. Heat stroke is a real thing to be concerned about, so make sure to give yourself plenty of breaks and chances to cool down.
If you are anything like I was, you don't even have to be told! I HATED the heat with my pregnancies.
3. Go swimming
This third tip will depend on your situation. Some of you may be comfortable with it while other's may not.
Also, you may or may not be allowed to depending on your circumstance, so if you feel the pool calling your name, ask your OBGYN to get the all clear.
This foldable kiddie pool is a great choice if you want to soak your feet at home!
4. Wear Summer Maternity Dresses
Wear summer dresses to stay cool. I love maternity pants, don't get me wrong, but not during the summer.
Nothing beats this bright yellow summer dress from Amazon! (Hint: maxi dresses are also VERY forgiving, so you don't necessarily have to buy a maternity version).
5. Invest in a portable fan
Even fans can help you feel more cool during those hot summer months. This misting fan is a must have if you are struggling with the heat!
Summer Pregnancy FAQ
If it's going to be 100 degrees Fahrenheit or hotter out, you should avoid being out for very long.
Yes, the heat alone can make a lot of pregnant women struggle especially in the third trimester when things are ramping up for baby time.
Pregnant moms can overheat a lot quicker which can lead to fainting and heat stroke.
None of this is very good for your growing baby, so stay hydrated and take plenty of breaks to cool off.