The weather is HOT - but how do you stay cool when you're pregnant in a heatwave? Here are ten refreshing tips:
While we're all thrilled that the hot weather is finally here, spare a thought for everyone who’s currently dealing with being pregnant in a heatwave.
Pregnancy can be tough at the best of times, but when the weather really heats up it can make everything a lot more tricky and icky. During pregnancy your body temperature is already raised, and the added complication of hot and humid weather can make even women in the early stages of pregnancy feel uncomfortable, let alone in the later stages when you're carrying around a whole extra person.
The hot weather doesn’t do you any favours when dealing with morning sickness and nausea, and the heat can zap your already depleted energy levels right down.
So if you're suffering, here are some top tips on how to cool down when the temperature is rising.
10 ways to stay cool when you're pregnant in a heatwave:
Drink LOTS: Then drink some more again. It's important to stay hydrated during pregnancy and especially so during hot weather, even on milder days. Keep a water bottle with you and top yourself up throughout the day. If you're not a fan of the plain stuff, buy fruit infusion bottles to give your water a delicious zingy flavour, or try cordials or squash.
Drink lots more: We know summery bottles of prosecco and lots of refreshing spritzs are off the menu this summer, sadly, but make sure you don't miss out on a refreshing drink in a pub garden if there's a breeze in the air. Try non-alcoholic cocktails or tasty soft drink alternatives like Seedlip. Everyone's favourite fruity iced ciders also come in alcohol-free versions.
Try an icy treat: Ice lollies will both cool you down and keep you hydrated; they are also a great way of dealing with morning sickness or any first or third trimester nausea.
Mask the smell: Hot weather can also have the unfortunate side effect of making everything from bins, fridges, busses and and city streets smell terrible. This is not great news when you have a super-sensitive pregnancy nose, is it? Carry pregnancy-friendly aromatherapy oils with you to sniff at a suitably smelly time - mint or a calming flower like lavender should help.
Take a cooler route: If you commute in and out of London, the tube can get incredibly hot during warmer weather and there's nothing worse than being squashed into someone's armpit during rush hour if you're already feeling wobbly. Find an above-ground alternative instead, if you can - the bus might be slightly breezier.
Go swimming: Not only will swimming keep you cool and get blood flowing around your body, it will take weight and pressure off your bones and muscles as well as being very relaxing. You can buy affordable maternity swimming costumes from places like ASOS.
Join your children in the paddling pool: If you already have older children it’s likely they’ll be keen to get out the paddling pool in this weather. So why not join them? Stick your feet in or throw on your pre-pregnancy bikini and jump right in.
Or start a water fight: You will keep yourself cool as well as entertaining them.
Do as little as possible: Can you arrange to work from home? Can you call in any favours and get someone else to do the nursery run? Try and do as little as you can, and put your feet up. Swollen ankles are an unwelcome side effect of pregnancy - the extra weight on blood vessels can restrict the blood flow to the lower limbs, leading to swelling which can be worse in hot weather.
Find loose-fitting clothes: When you are pregnant in a heatwave, opt for maternity dresses or loose-fitting clothes made with natural fibres like cotton, and avoid man-made ones which tend to be hotter. Dress in layers you can easier remove once is heats up.