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.
My top tips for surviving pregnancy in a heatwave
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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