Ah, sweet summertime. Who doesn’t enjoy an iced tea or lemonade on the front porch swing after an afternoon spent pool- or lakeside? Summertime sure is sweet… until you spend a summer pregnant. Body temperatures reach boiling point, and if you swell up any more you might resemble blueberry-swollen Violet Beauregarde from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
Being pregnant during what always seems to be the “hottest summer on record” doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself inside your air conditioned home all day, wearing that oversized t-shirt you stole from your husband. It just means that maybe you have to think twice about a few things before you venture out into the scorching hot outdoors.
Flip flops: Visit Old Navy and buy them in bulk. With all the swelling I faced due to the humidity, just about the only shoes I could get on my feet in month nine were my trusty 2 dollar flip flops. Save the wedges for date night but still pack a pair of flip flops in the car, just in case!
Water, water, water: Invest in an extra large water bottle. Never go anywhere without something like a Bubba Mug full of ice water. The best part of a Bubba Mug is that it will hold a lot of water and keep it cold for hours. Basically, you will need a keg of water every day.
Comfy clothes: There are plenty of comfortable clothes to wear with your baby bump, but a maxi dress is a must-have maternity piece. Look for something cotton, light and flowy; that way, you won’t have to worry about anything hanging out!
Pony tail: Get comfortable with it. Pregnancy probably isn’t the ideal time to get a new “do.” So embrace those long, full locks that come with the hormones, but pull them up. Style it by adding a braid, a cute headband or by wrapping a piece of hair around the band.
Get the right swimsuit: Try before you buy; make sure it’s something comfortable. While that one piece may slim you down, are you really going to enjoy taking that off every time you have to pee (which lately seems like all the time)?
Lather the sunscreen: Pregnancy brings on all types of changes to your body, one being your skin. Most pregnant women are more prone to burn than they previously were. Click here to learn more about the sunscreen you should be using during those dog days of summer.
Wipes: Keep them in your purse or car at all times. It’s a habit you should get used to before the baby comes anyway. Wipes are a great way to clean up when there’s not a shower nearby… let’s say after that lunch break your coworkers just had to have on the patio today!
Ditch the makeup: Chances are the hot flashes are just going to melt it off anyway! For a lot of women, pregnancy does amazing things for your skin. You have a glow that even the queen would be envious of and with a subtle tan, who needs makeup? Stick to lipgloss and mascara.
Sunglasses: Invest in a big ole pair! A cute pair of shades can style up anything. The bigger they are, the less work you have to do. Heck, even get a fedora. With no makeup, a ponytail, a maxi dress, flip flops and big sunglasses, no one will know you are just trying to keep it simple and comfortable. They will be far too busy admiring how fabulous you look!
The biggest advice to pass on is to listen to your body. If you feel the need to lay around under the fan with a good book in that oversized t-shirt all day, go for it! Being pregnant is all about taking care of yourself and that perfect little life you are creating. So stay cool and fabulous, ladies!
Beating the heat is only one hurdle to jump during pregnancy. Click here to learn about surviving the six stages of pregnancy.