Surviving pregnancy in a heatwave

The hot weather we’ve been having lately has reminded me horribly of last summer when I was heavily pregnant with Jacob. He was born in August, so I suffered with the heat for the last couple of months. If you are heavily pregnant now, you have my sympathy! I thought I’d write a post on the best ways I found of coping with the heat.

Heavily pregnant in summer

My top tips for surviving pregnancy in a heatwave

1. Rest

Do not overdo it. Have an untidy house for a few days. It’s just not worth it. Also, try to avoid going out in the midday sun if at all possible. If you do have to go out, take a bottle of water and move slowly!

2. Buy a fan

I lived in front of my fan last summer. It was the only way being in the house was bearable. Sometimes I would spray water on my belly and lie with the fan pointing at it if I felt really hot.

3. Cool water spray

I had this Magicool Hot Weather Cooling Spray. It’s not cheap, but it felt amazing sprayed on my legs. A cheaper alternative is filling a spritz bottle (designed for decanting perfume etc. into for travelling) with water and putting it in the fridge.

4. Ice cream!

Ice cream, ice lollies and other cold foods are your friend. I got through a lot of ice cubes too!

5. Wear loose-fitting clothes

Easier said than done when you are heavily pregnant I know, but if you can wear baggy clothes you’ll feel cooler than you would in tight stuff.

6. Cold flannel

Grab a flannel and soak it in cold water. Use it as a cold compress for your face or neck.

7. Bucket of ice water for feet

Hot feet are the worst! I used to fill a bowl with cold water to put my feet in. On really hot days I’d add ice.

8. Find a cool shady spot outside

Easier said than done at the moment, but if you can find a shady spot in the garden (or park) that catches a nice breeze, stay there all day!

How did you survive pregnancy in a heatwave? Share your tips below!

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  1. June 21, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Yay for ice cream. I’m not pregnant, can I still use it as an excuse to have ice cream all day?!?! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Kelly
      June 21, 2017 / 7:57 am

      In this heat? Definitely!

  2. June 21, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    Great tips! I’m 41 weeks and spent yesterday in a floaty nightie, in front of the fan, and treated myself to a Fab! Thankfully I’m in Scotland, and typically today is wet and cooler!

  3. June 22, 2017 / 7:26 am

    My first was Aug too! I used to get hubby to lie damp towels on my back with a fan! I was sooooo hot! Some great tips and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  4. June 22, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    Definitely ice cream! My second son was a july baby and it was sooooo hot! I spent the last month in the paddling pool! #bestandworst

  5. June 27, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    There are some great tips here, and I remember being pregnant two years ago when it hit 38 degrees in London. It was terrible. One of my top tips was to sit in a paddling pool if you can. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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