That’s Ethan in my belly there. Four days later and he was born just before Christmas. It’s a busy time for birthdays and celebrations in our family, also with Paige celebrating her birthday in January (for her next birthday she’s having a mermaid theme party – it’s already decided!) Having kept my cool for two summer pregnancies, I have some great tips to share on how to survive the hot months.
7 Top tips for surviving a summer pregnancy
- Summer time usually means a busier social calendar with braais, holidays, and a wedding invitation or two. Be careful not to exhaust yourself and don’t feel bad if you have to cancel to stay at home with your feet up. Avoid midday events, keep a camping chair in your car in case your need it and let your guests know that you may need to leave early.
- Speak to your doctor first before making plans to travel over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, especially during your last few months of pregnancy. If you do travel, save the addresses and telephone numbers of a local doctor and hospital, in case of an emergency.
- Eat healthy and drink water. Swop hot and greasy foods for small, frequent meals of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you are feeling tried, cool down by adding a few ice-blocks to your Mom2B Pregnancy Shake and enjoy. Good for moms and babies, the Mom2B pregnancy shake provides yours and your baby’s nutritional needs. Available in 3 flavours: velvet vanilla, chocolate delight and saucy strawberry. Each tin contains 8 servings. Mom2B products are available at selected pharmacy and retail outlets nationally.
- Buy a fan or air-conditioner for home and work. I remember the one day I was so hot I put the humidifier in front of the fan and filled the room with a gentle cool mist – it was glorious. Keep a spray bottle of water near you for when you need a refreshing spray and cool down. Wrap an ice-pack in a towel and place behind your back or head. This works just as well for when baby arrives. Place the wrapped ice-pack between your body and sling, so you can hold baby without overheating.
- Buy some hairclips and keep your hair up and your fringe out your face. Not only will you feel cooler, when baby finally arrives they won’t be able to grab and pull your hair – ouch!
- Get your bikini on and take a swim. I embraced by preggie body and took a dip in the pool whenever I could. It feels so good to float and a nice way to cool off. Just be sure that the water is safe to swim in.
- Pack away your black clothes and wear loose, light coloured maternity wear. Avoid synthetic fabrics and step out in a comfortable pair of shoes.
So what are your top tips for staying cool during a summer pregnancy?