If you're sporting a baby bump this summer, chances are you're feeling a tad uncomfortable and rather hot, hot, hot!
Pregnancy can causes slightly higher than normal body temperatures anyway due to increase hormone levels and blood flow, but with morning sickness and more frequent bathroom trips also at the risk of causing dehydration, it's even more crucial to be heat aware during the summer months.
So, keep you and your summer bump as cool as a cucucumber with our simple tips for keeping cool during pregnancy:
Turn down the heat!
- Avoid the sun at the hottest times, such as midday
- Stay in the shade whenever possible
- Choose activities that have a cooling effect, like lounging in a swimming pool
- Take it easy and head to watch a film or a shopping mall in order to soak up some air conditioning
- Carry around a bottle of water with a spray nozzle to spray your face and skin when the heat is getting miserable.
- Wear loose cotton and light coloured clothing
- Wear nothing at all!
- Wear a floppy wide brimmed hat
- Use a high factor sunscreen to avoid sun burn
- Take luke warm showers even though you might be tempted by freezing cold baths (a sudden change in temperature can cause dizzyness and faintness)!
- Prevent dehydration and consume plenty of water. In addition to your regular eight glasses of water, drink an additional glass of water for every hour spent in the sun
- Carry a water bottle with you and take frequent sips all day
- If you are tired of plain water, add a squeeze of lemon, or mix with juice
- Make healthy homemade popsicles - Use a mixture of juice, blended fruit and herbal tea to create a popsicle that is satisfying, delicious, and good for you and your baby
- Eat ice cubes
Reduce the Swelling
- Women in later pregnancy often develop edema, or swelling due to water retention and the heat and carrying around more weight can aggrivate this
- Rest and put your feet up to lessen swelling in ankles, feet and knees
- Reduce your salt intake to help reduce water retention
- Wear sandals and free your feet - treat yourself to a pedicure whilst you're at it!
- Might as well treat yourself to a pregnancy massage too- it can have many helpful benefits and boost relaxation and help relieve swelling
- Bloom & Blossom's Revitalising Leg and Foot Spray helps to alleviate water retention and refresh tired and heavy legs, swollen ankles and feet. It is the perfect size to keep in your handbag for use during a stuffy commute or after a long day on your feet, and can even be applied directly over tights (not that you will be needing those in the summer!). The compact 50ml bottle makes it a hand luggage life-saver during long haul flights. Find it in the Bloom & Blossom Pregnancy Heroes Skincare Trio Kit which is a lovely treat for expectant and new mums to keep their skin smooth and refreshed during and after pregnancy
Beat the Fatigue
- Be sure to take frequent naps whenever possible
- Try and get a good night's sleep - stay cool at night with fans, silk sheets and cotton nightwear (or no nightwear at all!)
- Avoid doing exhausting things even though the nesting instinct might be kicking in!
- Try moderate exercise to help relax and rejuvenate such as yogo or aqua natal classes
What has your experience been of being pregnant during the summer? What tips would you share on how to keep cool and comfortable? We would love to hear them.
Love Burble Baby x