Enduring a pregnancy during the summer can be tough on the body and soul. It’s hot, and stick, and hot. Did I say hot? You’re using up a ton of energy growing that baby inside of you, who feels like a little furnace that is blasting out as much heat as possible. While being pregnant in the summer can be a challenge, it does not have to be unbearable. Here are some tips to help you survive the summer while pregnant.
Summer Pregnancy Survival Guide
Ice Ice Baby
Make sure you have plenty of ice cold items to drink on hand. Nothing tastes better than something cold when it’s really hot outside. This will also help ensure you are staying hydrated during the hot summer months. It’s easy to forget to drink when you are busy mom, so keep reminding yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started: Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Summer Citrus Punch, Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie.
Put Your Feet Up
The heat seems to cause a lot more swelling in the legs and feet, which means it’s important to put your feet up when possible. No one wants to deal with swollen legs and feet, so this is a great alternative to feeling like a puffy marshmallow. As much as you can elevate your legs while you are sitting. And I get it, it might be nearly impossible to do if you have other kids you need to be chasing after as well.
There are no rules that say you have to be outside while you are pregnant and hot. Staying inside in the air conditioned temperatures is okay. Even if you do decide to go outside, it’s more than okay to make frequent visits inside to cool off. Try and find activities that allow you to stay inside and cool, so you can avoid feeling miserable during the summer months of pregnancy. Getting together for dinner with friends, opt for the a/c in the restaurant rather then the patio. Have other kids, then take some time to read books or play puzzles as a cool down after playing outside.
Take a Dip in the Pool
Although getting in a bathing suit isn’t on your top priority list as a pregnant person, it’s a great way to cool off your entire body. Being pregnant during those summer months can make you feel as though you can’t get a break. However, water makes you feel lighter on your feet and it has the power to cool your whole body off. It’s a win-win.
Take it Easy
Remember that you can take it easy this summer while being pregnant. Sit down when you need to and take extra breaks when necessary. You are not running a race or competing against anyone, people understand you’re tired and may need to rest more now than before. Taking it easy is one way to survive this summer while being pregnant.
Preparing your Body for a Healthy Pregnancy
- Take your vitamins! Start taking a prenatal vitamin including folic acid before you try to conceive. Folic acid is most important in the early stages of pregnancy, but you should continue taking folic acid throughout pregnancy.
- Discuss any prescriptions or over the counter medicine you are taking with your health care provider. Shoppers Drug Mart is also a proud sponsor of Motherisk Helpline (1-877-439-2744) for information about the risk or safety of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, chemicals, x-rays, chronic disease and infections, and everyday exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
- Get your sleep – or at least try to. I battle insomnia when I am expecting but try to adjust my bedtime accordingly to still get a good nights sleep.
- Eat well – make sure you are eating lots of fruits and veggies (make sure they are washed well), and avoid undercooked or uncooked meats and fish. Also avoid fish that contain high levels of mercury, consider taking a supplement to make sure you are still getting enough fish oil.
- Drink up – Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to help you stay hydrated
Are there any tips you would add to this summer pregnancy survival guide?