Although summer is supposed to be a carefree season filled with lazy days at the beach and pool, when you're pregnant it's not always easy to beat the heat. From sweaty subway rides to nights spent tossing and turning in your bed, carrying a baby can be quite uncomfortable, especially during a heat wave. But when your little bundle of joy finally arrives, you'll realize that it's all worth it! In the meantime, take a look at some ways to stay cool even when the mercury rises:
- Cool off with a cold compress: Sometimes there's nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a cold compress. A blogger for Café Mom suggests wetting a few washcloths and placing them in your freezer. On days when it's just too hot to think, pull out the compresses and place one on your neck or forehead while kicking your feet up. You deserve some rest and relaxation after all! If you don't have the luxury of staying inside your house, it's also a good idea to carry a spray bottle with you so you don't overheat. Look for a bottle with a small fan attached and mist yourself frequently to cool off.
- Drink enough water: "The normal recommendation is eight to 10 glasses of water daily for expectant women, but be aware that during very hot and humid weather, you may need even more," writes Jennifer Santiago of Babyzone. "If getting enough fluids is difficult for you, get a water bottle that holds at least 64 ounces [and] fill it with ice and your favorite caffeine-free beverage in the morning."
- Exercise right: If you've been following our blog, you know that it's important to exercise smartly. Active pregnancies can improve the wellness of both you and your baby – just make sure that if you're exercising outdoors this summer, do so in the early morning or later in the evening when the sun isn't at its peak strength. And, of course, hydrate before, after and during your workout.
- Eat small meals frequently: Instead of sitting down for a heavy meal, during the heat of the summer doctors recommend eating meals that are lighter and more frequent to help regulate your metabolism. Larger portions force your metabolism to work harder, which generates more body heat.
- Pull your hair off your face: A lot of pregnant women find it difficult to deal with long hair during the dog days of the summer, which is why some opt for "mom cuts" right before giving birth. But just because you're chopping off your hair doesn't mean your new 'do can't be stylish! If you've browsed a fashion magazine lately, you may know that short cuts are definitely in! From the choppy bob to the chic pixie, short 'dos are stylish and feminine. Even if you don't want to cut your hair, you can always pull your locks into loose braids to get them off your face.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes: Although you're probably already wearing maternity clothes, sporting loose-fitting garments is especially important during the summer months. Look for light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics, such as cotton. Cotton sun dresses are cute and comfortable, making them a great staple for pregnant women (and even ladies who aren't expecting)! A lot of women also love the coverage and flowing nature of trendy maxi dresses.
We at Brixy hope you have a safe, fun and happy summer! For more pregnancy tips, be sure to follow our blog or stop by one of our specialty baby shops.