6 Tips For Summer Pregnancies
After I gave birth to my son during the first week of July during one of the hottest summers on record, I vowed only one thing:
That I would never, ever be pregnant in the summer again.
So can you guess who is currently due to give birth to her fourth child at the end of August?
Yup, that would be the one who is regretting any pregnant vow she ever made because someone sure showed me. And because I have no choice but to waddle on, I am keeping myself positive for what lies ahead for me during this summer pregnancy. Here are a few tips I learned from doing this all before …
All the watermelon you can eat.
Need I say more?
Pools are your friends.
There's really no way around this one, because there's nothing quite like the freeing, floating feeling of a pregnant woman in a swimming pool. I lived in a swimming pool during my last summer pregnancy, and although I sported some serious tan lines when I finally went in to give birth, it was all totally worth it. Try the pool for those moments when you need to (literally) take some weight off.
Deodorant isn't just for your underarms.
This isn't one of those cheesy pregnancy tips that go along the lines of “Count your blessings!” This is about the nitty-gritty of summer pregnancy, and that includes sweaty thighs, my friends. Maxi dresses and skirts are cute and comfy, in theory, but if you happen to have thighs that, you know, actually touch each other, sweat and chafing are not your friends. So try this tip: apply your deodorant to your thighs to prevent sweat and rock that bump in a maxi dress without worry.
Focus on the positives.
OK, so here's where I will get a little cheesy, but it's true: There are positives to having a summer pregnancy. For one, you have next year's beach visits to look forward to with your little one, instead of trying to schlep a newborn to the beach. Newborns + sand don't mix. Secondly, giving birth near the end of summer means that fall, with its comfort of cozy sweaters, forgiving scarves, and always-flattering boots, can help you hide the lumps and bumps of your postpartum body a little better than a summer wardrobe.
Blast that A/C.
Forget about the bills this summer; consider it an investment in yourself, momma, and use that A/C with shameless abandon. And if you'll need me, I'll be relaxing in front of the fan, thank you very much.
Buy yourself a summer maternity nightgown.
Don't ask me why, but for some reason, during my last summer pregnancy, I suffered through many a sweaty and sleepless night in my husband's t-shirt, but this time around, I got smart and ordered a pretty maternity nightgown. It was ridiculously expensive for something I will only wear sleeping, but those hot summer nights will make it so worth it.
Have you suffered through a summer pregnancy before? Share your best tips in the comments!Read More