Summer Maternity Clothes Hacks to Keep You Cool and Happy

Summer is a hot, sticky part of the year in most parts of the country. When you’re pregnant though, these hot sticky days can go from mildly unpleasant to feeling almost unmanageable. This summer, if your belly has popped and you’re worried about sweating your way through the next few months, you’ll need some strategies to help you stay cool and comfortable. Check out these clothing tips to help you get through the summer as cool as you possibly can!

Choose something breezy

In the summertime, when the weather is hot and so are you, you’ll want to dress in cool comfortable clothing that won’t exacerbate the heat. Often, that can mean a dress that allows you to feel the breeze and not feel confined by heavy fabrics or tight clothing. Luckily there are plenty of cute maternity sundresses to choose from!

If dresses aren't your thing, try layers. It may sound strange to add more clothing, but lightweight layers can help you adjust to temperature fluctuations. A lightweight tank with an open button down shirt over some shorts is an easy option. There are also lots of stylish wraps and kimonos made of lightweight fabric that can help dress up simple basics without adding heat. 

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Avoid chafing

If you’ve found yourself sweating this summer more than last, you’re not alone. Being pregnant raises your body temperature and can make hot weather feel even hotter. If you love the cool feel of a sundress but hate the chafing that it sometimes causes on your thighs, consider wearing thin shorts under your dress so you can feel cool and comfortable without worrying about inner-thigh sweating or discomfort. Alternatively, you can try an anti-chafing cream on your thighs to prevent issues. 

Working out might not be in your plans each day, but workout leggings and lightweight fabrics can also be a good option for days when you'll be spending more time outdoors. 

Dress for comfort

While you might have loved dressing your bump for style in the spring, but the summertime you’ll want to aim for comfort over style. Choose light fabrics that breathe as you wear them, avoid tight or constricting clothes, and don’t wear anything that causes you pain or discomfort. If you need a larger size than usual but don't have the budget to buy new consider asking friends for hand-me-downs or raiding your partner's closet for shirts. 

The same goes for shoes–even if your feet and ankles are more swollen than you thought possible, slip on those flip-flops and stay cool rather than lacing up shoes that are hot and way too tight.

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Don’t be afraid to wear a swimsuit

Some women love their big bumps while others feel a little self-conscious of just how big a full term baby belly can be. This summer, if you’re stressing about being on the bigger side and worried about wearing a swimsuit, work on ditching your discomfort in an effort to stay cool. There’s nothing better than a cold pool on a hot summer day and when you’re pregnant you need to cool down more than ever. This summer, ditch your discomfort, work your way into a swimsuit and hit the pool.

Be okay with ditching your clothes at home

You probably already have a few huge t-shirts or dresses you slip into for comfort as soon as you’re home. As the heat rolls in you might notice that you’re more inclined to slip out of your clothes and remain in shorts and a sports bra or just your undies while you’re home. As long as you don’t answer the door in your state of undress you should feel comfortable getting comfortable at home! If you need a little more modest option look for a lightweight robe or nightgown that allows you to feel comfy and cool while still covered. 

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Summer Maternity Clothes Hacks to Keep You Cool and Happy

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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