Survival Tips for Summer Pregnancies

Did you know that September is the most popular birth month in America? While there are various theories on why, there is one thing that all of these moms have in common: summer pregnancies. If you’ll be entering the final stretch of your pregnancy during the hottest months of the year, you’ll want to read on. We’ve pulled together tips to help you stay comfortable all summer long.

 

#1 Overhaul Your Hydration

 

Hopefully you’ve already found a way to drink at least the recommended 8-12 glasses of water every day because you’re going to need even more fluids during the summer. If you’re getting bored with plain water, this is a good time to mix things up. Add fruit or a splash of juice to your water, try a mocktail of chilled seltzer with a splash of mango juice and lime, or whip up a batch of popsicles. Water-rich fruits and veggies -- like honeydew melon, cantaloupe, watermelon, and cucumber -- will also help keep you hydrated and make great snacks too. Find what works for you and stick to it.

 

#2 Put Your Feet Up

 

Edema, fluid retention that causes swelling in your hands, feet, and ankles, can get worse in the summer. Although it isn’t dangerous, it can make you uncomfortable. To help reduce swelling, elevate your legs whenever possible -- even in the office. This is also a good time to ask your partner for a foot massage. :)

 

#3 Lighten Up

 

Help your body regulate its temperature by wearing loose, light-colored clothes. Lightweight dresses, sundresses and long skirts and tank tops are easy go-tos. Add a statement necklace and cardigan or blazer and you’ll be comfortable and pulled together in the office too.

 

#4 Take a Dip

 

Water can be your best friend. Not only will taking a dip in a pool cool you off, the buoyancy of the water can help relieve pregnancy-related aches and pains, from your lower back pain to the discomfort of your squished organs.

 

#5 Stay Cool

 

High temperatures and humidity combined with your hotter-than-usual body temperature makes you more prone to overheating. On days when the heat index registers above 90, try to stay indoors in an air conditioned room as much as possible. This is a good time for afternoon movies and saying no to plans that could leave you hot, sweaty and exhausted.

 

Did you have a summer pregnancy? How did you stay cool?