One of the worst things about being pregnant is the increase in body temperature, something that can be rather difficult during those hot, humid and sweaty summer months. Yes, in some parts of the world, summer can be almost unbearable, even more so when you're pregnant.
However, don't worry, it's not all bad. That's right, being pregnant in the summer actually has its advantages as well as its disadvantages. Yes, there are a number of things during the summer that can help pregnant women cool down, so let's take a look at 10 ways to defeat the heat while pregnant.
10 Keep Your Feet Cold
One of the best ways to keep cool in the summer months or any month for that matter is to make sure that your feet and hands are cold. Firstly, don't go crazy and jump in an ice-cold bath feet-first, that won't do anyone any favors. Instead, make sure your wrists, neck, and feet are cool at all time, as these points are the bodies most effective cooling spots.
Yes, your wrists, neck, and feet all contain pulse points where your blood vessels are close to the surface of your skin. Therefore, by cooling down those areas, you can also cool down the rest of your body.
9 Invest In A Fantastic Fan
Fans are a fantastic way to cool down and can also be a cheap and easy way to relieve yourself from the summer heat. Yes, investing in a decent fan can really help you during those hot and sticky nights, especially when it feels like there is zero air or breeze.
In fact, to make it even cooler, why not put a two-liter bottle of frozen water or a bowl of ice cubes in front of the fan? This will give your room instant air conditioning as well as clean air and a cool breeze. However, even if you do have air conditioning, fans are also somewhat necessary as they help move the air around the room as well as creating a slight breeze for the inside of your home.
This might sound obvious, but make sure you seek out the shade whenever you are outside, and inside for that matter. Yes, although the sun can be extremely beneficial for pregnant women (hello vitamin D), it is also extremely dangerous, not to mention hot.
Because a pregnant woman's body temperature is rather higher than it is supposed to be, being out in the sun is something that you do not want to experience. So, next time you are outside, do your best to hang out in the shade and always make sure you cover up with sunscreen, your skin will love you for it.
7 Ice Cream For The Masses
Being pregnant is tough. It messes with your hormones, your body temperature changes, and you end up double if not triple the size. But don't worry, there are some benefits to being pregnant, one of them being the amount of food that you can eat.
Yes, soft ice cream is a great way to cool the body down during pregnancy, plus it contains essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamins, and necessary minerals. If you don't like ice cream, try an ice lolly instead. However, like all good things, too much of anything is bad for you, so make sure you consume with limitations.
6 Loose Clothing
While tight clothes won't hurt or damage your baby, they might make you feel rather uncomfortable, not to mention incredibly hot. Yes, tight clothes are probably not a good idea when pregnant, especially during those final months.
Instead, why not invest in some looser clothes such as yoga pants, maxi dresses, and sweats? Loose-fitting clothes allow air to circulate close to your skin which in turn helps your body to cool down. Plus, fabrics such as linen and cotton can absorb any dampness from your skin, again helping you to stay cool in those hot and sticky summer months.
5 Buy Some House Plants
In the middle of summer, it can be tempting to just switch on the air conditioning and let it do its job. However, this can also be pricey, especially if you are heavily pregnant and housebound. Instead, why not opt for a cheaper way to cool down your house with house plants, the latest trend in home-made air conditioning?
Yes, buying house plants not only saves you some cash but it is also environmentally friendly. So, how does it work? House plants keep your house cool due to the loss of water during transpiration. This then cools the air around the plants, leaving your house fresh and purified. The wonders of science!
4 Evening Walks
For many people, the idea of staying inside all day can be tedious and awful, especially during those hot and sweaty summer months. However, although it is a bad idea to leave the house during the middle of the day, it is actually perfectly fine to go on evening strolls once the sun has died down.
In fact, evening walks are a great way to cool down as well as gaining a bit of light exercise. Furthermore, light walks are a great way to increase circulation, as long as you don't overdo it, and can really help with swollen ankles and hands.
3 Water, Water, Water
Drinking water is even more important than usual when you are pregnant. During pregnancy, the body needs extra water to deal with the demands of your changing body, plus it is a key component for breast milk.
Furthermore, water flushes out the dirty toxins, which in turn helps restore and revitalize the body. So, make sure you try and drink more than double the amount you usually do in order to stay healthy and fit.
There are many opinions about exercise during pregnancy, with some claiming it is bad for you while others completely disagree. However, light exercise is actually beneficial... as long as you don't overdo it, of course.
In fact, during a heatwave, swimming is one of the best ways to cool down. It can also reduce swelling, improve circulation, and help with fluid retention. Yes, swimming is probably one of the best forms of exercise during pregnancy, with the water able to support the extra weight on your body. It can also be a welcoming relief, especially for those who are trying to get used to their changing bodies.
The most important thing to remember during pregnancy is the need to relax and chill out. Yes, it might be difficult, especially for those who are used to running around and getting things done, but sometimes it is necessary to sit back and put your feet up.
For instance, in the summer months, pregnancy can result in swollen ankles and fingers, so it is even more important that you take it easy and avoid standing for long periods of time. Instead, make sure you spend one hour a day with your feet higher than your heart, this can help the circulation around your body and relieve those swollen limbs.