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When a woman is pregnant during the summertime, the heat can be absolutely horrendous. Heat and humidity can increase swelling, dehydration, and exhaustion… and just make a person all-out crabby. It can be hard finding comfort when the sun is pouring those heavy rays on your shoulders, even when you’re someone who loves the summer. Finding ways to stay safe, cool, and comfortable during those hot days will benefit both mama-to-be and the growing baby bump.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration
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You hear it constantly: drink more water. This phrase becomes a bug in your ear especially when you’re pregnant and even when you think you’re drinking enough fluids, more than likely you aren’t. According to American Pregnancy, pregnant women “need more water than the average person, since water plays an important role in the healthy development of your baby. Water helps to form the placenta, which is what your baby relies on to receive nutrients during pregnancy.”
Post-its, apps, and alarms can help remind you to drink more water – especially during the summertime. Leaving post-its around your home asking you if you consumed water yet may seem annoying, but can be the reminder necessary to steer clear from dehydration. There are many apps out there that allow expecting mothers to track their fluid intake throughout the day to make sure they are sticking to it.
And if you really aren’t following through with hydration – set some alarms; set the obnoxious alarms that drive you nuts so you are forced to fill that cup.
The No-Pants Dance
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“Dresses! I was thankful to be pregnant in the summer because I could wear cozy dresses instead of needing to bundle up,” explains mother of one, Breanna Yung.
Pants can be a nightmare for a mama-to-be. They can fit funny around that growing belly, chafe along the thighs, and leave lovely sweat marks. The answer: don’t wear pants. Find comfortable, flowy dresses and rock them – every single day. Places like Amazon.com, Wal-Mart, and Target have extremely budget-friendly options out there for t-shirt dresses and tank-top style dresses perfect for the summer. The nice thing is, the dresses can be worn again when you aren’t pregnant anymore.
A Magical Towel
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Putting towels in the freezer for a little while can help – for a short period of time. Placing an ice pack on your shoulders can feel nice – for a short period of time. Did you know there is something that can keep you cool during the summer heat for a longer period of time without the any leaking or melting. Well, there is a product that does just that.
“Frog towels. They are a towel made from hyper evaporative material that stays wet/cool but doesn’t leak all over you,” Mom of one, Ashley Marie explains. “They cool you very quickly and are reusable.” If you think Frogg Togg Towels are what you need to survive your pregnancy this summer, the link is here.
Maternity Shorts are Forever
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“Maternity shorts. They're so comfy and I only wore them like three times before I delivered last year, so I have to get my money's worth,” Rachel Footen, mom of one, states. Many mamas will agree that maternity shorts should be worn even when pregnancy is no longer present. In fact, many mamas will admit to wearing maternity shorts more often than those pesky normal shorts once the baby has arrived.
I, for one, am one of those mamas.
Maternity shorts do not have zippers or buttons – they pretty much have built-in elastic Spanx that suck you in and slim you down. Therefore, even if you are in the postpartum realm and are a little worried about that extra skin, maternity shorts may help boost your confidence and keep you comfortable in the summer heat. For those expecting moms, rock those maternity shorts and keep them in a safe place once the baby arrives – you will want to wear them year-after-year.
Kiddie Pools Aren’t Just for Kiddies
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Whether you’re a mama-to-be who is a little nervous about begging a friend to use their pool or someone who just doesn’t want to deal with a crowded public area, finding yourself a kiddie pool may be the easiest, and most budget-friendly, answer. Typically, plastic kiddie pools are at almost every corner store/pharmacy, Wal-Mart, or Target and it being mid-summer already – they may even be on sale!
“Find a pool to live in it. At the very least buy a kiddie pool to soak in. Anything will help,” states Aryn Maynard, mother of two. “My son is a July boy and my daughter is September so I was nice and huge during the summers.” Take full advantage of a kiddie pool during your pregnancy – and then keep it somewhere safe over the winter months so it can be used the following summer with your little one.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.
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