6 Ways to Stay Cool When You’re Pregnant During the Summer
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Let's chat about being pregnant in Florida–because I've done it twice.
Down here, we only have a small respite from the hot weather during December, January, and a small bit of February. My daughter was born in late February, so luckily, I was enjoying cooler months during my last trimester. The first time? I wasn't so lucky. My son was born at the end of November, and if you've visited Florida in September, you know that is quite possibly the worst month of the year. Add the heat and humidity to the normal uncomfortableness of pregnancy, and what to you get? A ridiculously grumpy–and hot–pregnant woman.
We're in the midst of hot summer weather, and if you're pregnant, it can be difficult to stay cool. Here are six fun ideas for keeping you cool during the hot summer months.
Stay cool wherever you go with your own personal fan, and kick it up a notch with cool water! This misting personal fan is the perfect way to cool down when you're pregnant, especially if you're out and about when it's hot. This fan is battery powered and has a leak-proof base that can be filled with water and ice. If someone looks at you funny, just point to your belly and say, “Baking a baby over here.” They will understand.
The Chill-Its cooling towel is a bit of magic in fabric form. You simply dampen the towel under running water for one minute, snap it, and it becomes cooler than the air around you by at least 15 degrees. The Chill-It can be re-activated again and again and is machine washable. We have one, and I used it often during my two pregnancies, but also now when I wear my daughter–it gets kinda hot in there for both of us.
Cool your body from the inside out and fill up your constantly empty stomach with some warm-weather food staples. Watermelon was always one of my favorites, and it gave me a little extra water in addition to a sweet treat. Frozen grapes were another favorite for me. Foods that are high in water content like cucumbers, honeydew melon, and radishes can also help cool you.
Turn your home into a snow cone stand with the Hamilton Beach Snow Cone Machine. Sweet, ice-cold, and a great way to pretend you're at the beach, without the heat and humidity and sand in your crevices. This machine uses ice from your freezer and quickly shaves it for a quick treat. The parts are easily removable and machine washable, and the machine comes with a booklet of fun recipes to last all summer.
Wouldn't a tasty mojito or a mint julep taste great during a hot summer night? Yep, but you're pregnant, so it's a no-go for you. Mint can still be a great way to cool you down by infusing your water with it. Fill up a gallon pitcher with water and a few sprigs of mint, then place it in your fridge for two to four hours. You'll have a yummy drink that's pregnancy-appropriate, and it may help you get more H2O.
When it's this hot out, you might want nothing more than to submerge you and you and your baby bump in a cool body of water. No inground pool? No beach access? No lake, pond, or river? No one will judge you for bellying up (literally) to an inflatable kiddie pool. Quick setup, cheap, and cool, this inflatable Intex holds almost 200 gallons of water, so it's perfect for two to three kids or one pregnant woman.
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