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Tips for Having a Cool Pregnancy in the Summer Heat
It’s really no surprise that being pregnant can have its challenges. Yes, yes, it’s a beautiful, magical experience and all that jazz. But anyone who has been pregnant will not have a hard time coming up with a list a page (or ten) long with different ailments you get to deal with while experiencing the miracle of life. Add in sweltering heat and high humidity and your list of pregnancy complaints will easily double.
With this being my second pregnancy that has me in the third trimester for the majority of the summer, I’ve learned a few things and come across some amazing products that will take the edge off a little and help you enjoy that summer pregnancy a little more! You’ll still be counting down the days until that little bundle of joy arrives but maybe each hot day will be a little more bearable! Here are my top summer pregnancy tips!
Keep It Covered
I already dread putting sunscreen on my squirmy toddler whenever we head to the pool or lake so I really don’t like the thought of having to slather sunscreen on myself and my large bump in the heat as well. Protecting your skin from the sun is so important but by the time I’ve lathered us both up, I’ve pretty much managed to sweat it all off and need to start all over again! Enter Swim Zip UV Protective Swimwear and their amazing mama swim cover-up/rashguard that is bump friendly.
I already knew about rash guards for little ones and how much easier they make it to keep them protected from the sun. I had no idea cute women’s rash guards existed though, especially for mamas with baby bumps! But guess what?! They do! And they make summer life SO much easier! By being able to slip this swim cover on over my swimsuit, I can eliminate like half of the sunscreen I have to continuously apply, but still protect my skin while out in the sun. All of Swim Zip’s pieces are made from 50+ UPF material, keeping you out of the way of the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, I can put my daughter in an adorable rash guard set from Swim Zip too!
Mama Needs A Drink
I am not a big drinker by any means, but there is just something about summer and a refreshing cocktail that go hand in hand and make me a little envious of not being able to enjoy one during these sweltering months. Thankfully, I’m not alone and I’ve come across so many great recipes for mocktails – the non-alchoholic versions of yummy mixed drinks. Being able to relax and enjoy one of these refreshing drinks in the heat honestly makes me a little less cranky about being pregnant during the summer. Here are a few of my favorite recipes I’ve come across:
Just Say No
I started out my last summer pregnancy with the mindset that I could still do “all the things.” I tried to keep up with all the summer activities and get togethers the best I could, but honestly I would usually regret it half way through and pay for it by being disgustingly sweaty, uncomfortable and grumpy. This time around, having a toddler and being very pregnant just don’t mix with heat, humidity and bugs, very well so I’ve learned to say no to myself and others.
Overdoing it can take a toll on your body and honestly can be detrimental to you and baby. While I’m not saying to shut yourself in all summer, just make sure you listen to your body and know your limits. Also, it’s totally ok to say no! With my severe morning sickness lasting even longer this pregnancy, I’ve already had to say no to various events quite a few times this time around, and let me tell you, saying no gets easier and easier!
Buy All The Things And Use Grocery Pick-Up
Ok, maybe not ALL the things, but really the convenience factor is so worth it when you are pregnant during the summer. Convenience really is the key to my summer pregnancy sanity and in the end I never regret spending a few extra bucks to make mine and my family’s life easier, especially while pregnant. Whether it’s getting carry out an extra time (or two) each week or choosing paper plates versus having to do the dishes, little things to make life easier in the moment add up to me feeling better at the end of a long summer day.
Another thing that is a huge lifesaver for me year round is utilizing grocery pick-up. This is actually something I love regardless of the season or if I’m pregnant or not, so it only becomes better when I am pregnant, have a toddler in tow, and would like to avoid dripping with sweat just by making the several yard trek into the grocery store and back in the middle of the summer. I’ve been using Walmart’s grocery pick-up for over a year now and love it! I’m almost always 100 percent satisfied and when I’m not, their customer service has always been fantastic. They offer this service for free at my location and it is so nice to never have to leave my car to get my full two week grocery haul loaded right into my car. If you want to try Walmart Grocery Pick-Up, you can use my referral promo code to save $10 off your first order!
Summer Pregnancy Isn’t All Bad
Ok, I’ve done plenty of complaining about being pregnant in the summer, but the truth is, there are some things that I do think are pretty great about it! When I’m feeling especially annoyed about how yucky I may be feeling, I try to remember that I am lucky to be growing a tiny little human inside of me after all and these things aren’t so bad either:
- Ice cream multiple times a day becomes a little more socially acceptable in the summer, right?
- Flowy, breezy maternity dresses! So darn comfy and no real pants to bother with.
- Pools! Floating in a pool with a cold mocktail in your hand is pretty darn refreshing.
- Air conditioning is abundant! For when you get overheated just bending over to pick something up.
- Fresh fruit! I can’t get enough fresh fruit when I’m pregnant and summer is the best time for enjoying it!
Enjoying the last few months of pregnancy and staying somewhat comfortable can be hard no matter what, especially in summer! But don’t worry! Your little bundle of joy will be here soon and you’ll be willing to do it all again in a heartbeat.