4 Things I Wish I Had Known About Being Pregnant In the Summer

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Ah, summer.

That mystical time of late nights, ice cream runs, and endless swimming.

And if you're pregnant, it can be more like that miserable time of late nights because insomnia, ice cream runs because cravings, and endless swimming because that's the only way you can feel remotely comfortable.

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Trust me, I feel you. I've had two (miserable) summer pregnancies–my son was born in early July during one of the hottest summers on record and my daughter in early August, although that summer was a bit cooler. Either way, I feel like to this day, when it's hot and humid, I have flashbacks to those summer pregnancies. (Is it possible to have PTSD from pregnancy??)

And looking back, here a few of the things I wish I would have known back then.

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That ice cream can make super babies.

OK, so this is probably more like a cruel joke, but hey, ice cream has lots of calcium, right?

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That pedicures aren't all they're cut out to be.

I got a pedicure near the end of my fourth pregnancy (the August baby!) and honestly, it was kind of miserable. I loved the idea of getting pampered and having actual painted toes for once, but the whole combination of summer heat + sitting in a high pedicure chair with my feet dangling + foot spa = major swelling. And trust me, my feet were already plenty swollen. So, no, not that fun.

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Pregnancy nightgowns are a must

When it's a million degrees out, your husband's old T-shirt is just not going to cut it. Plus, you deserve something pretty. I splurged on a pretty pregnancy nightgown and it was pretty much the best thing I ever bought. Also, there's nothing to say you can't wear that thing during the day, I'm just saying.

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Chai popsicles = awesome

Sadly, I lose my taste for coffee when I'm pregnant, so I searched high and wide for a replacement, which I found in my beloved (decaf) chai tea. During the summer months, I turned that chai tea into delicious popsicles and my life was infinitely better. It's the small things.

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4 Things I Wish I Had Known About Being Pregnant In the Summer

Chaunie Brusie is a writer, mom of four, and founder of The Stay Strong Mom, a community + gift box service for moms after loss. ... More

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