Summertime Survival Guide for Pregnancy

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Can I tell you a secret? I hated being pregnant in the summer. I love pregnancy and the feelings that come with it, but during those few hotter months of the year, I am so over growing a human. It didn't seem to matter that I was only in my first trimester during the summer and didn't experience the uncomfortable situations that can come with being near full term in the hottest heat of the year. It was bad enough for me without the giant belly and extra body weight.

If you're pregnant this summer, I feel for you. I don't want to say “sorry” because pregnancy is awesome in general, and you should be celebrated, but you know–humidity, sunburns, and feeling too big for the inseam of the cool shorts. I know there are some of you who love pregnancy in the summertime, but if you're not one of those few people, there are ways to make an uncomfortable situation better.

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Click through to read the summertime survival guide for pregnancy.

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Choose your wardrobe carefully

I fell in love last summer when I was late to the maxi dress party. I had never paid much attention to the skirts and dresses in the maxi style, but once I discovered them, I never looked back. If you love yoga pants, the maxi dress is the dressier version where you don't have to give up comfort for proper attire. The fabric is amazingly cool for the summer, and with the availability of maxi dresses and skirts that can accommodate any and all pregnancy stages, once you wear them, you'll never go back.

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Stock your house with must-have foods and beverages

Dehydration can happen quickly with the heat and humidity, and dehydration is not something you want to experience while you're pregnant. Dehydration in pregnancy can become serious very quickly, and carries risks whether you are in the first or the final trimester, so it's important to put steps in place to reduce your chances of developing dehydration.

I lived on electrolyte popsicles during my pregnancy, and they were amazing during the summer heat. It was the perfect combination of cold and sour (for my morning sickness), and it kept my electrolytes in balance. I also made sure to have the fridge stocked with watermelons, fruit juices, ice cream, and, of course, water. Eating fruit was all I wanted, and it was a good way to make sure I took in enough water. Bonus was, I didn't have to turn the oven on, making the house even hotter.

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It's important to be active, but choose wisely

We have all heard that exercise is important during pregnancy for a variety of reasons–it helps keep your energy levels up, your weight gain in check, and it can prepare your body for all the extra work it takes to grow a baby, carry that baby in your body, and birth your baby.

Since it's easy to get dehydrated in the summer, adding exercise on top of that increases your risk for dehydration and being totally unhappy, which makes choosing your workouts wisely very important. My favorite way to increase my fitness during the summer was to go swimming. You stay wonderfully cool, it's amazingly comfortable for any stage of pregnancy, and it's a great full-body workout.

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Location, location, location

When you're trying to survive in the summertime, it's all about location because you want to find the coolest place to hang out. When I was pregnant for the first time, I went on strike from doing housework and cooking dinner because my apartment at the time was way too hot. We didn't have air conditioning, and I found that even just doing light housework was too much for me. Once we got ourselves an air conditioner, my life was far more comfortable and the summer got a little less dreadful. If you're pregnant in the summertime, I suggest you always try to locate the coolest spaces to hang out where you'll have fun and stay cool. Hang out at water parks and splash pads or malls with super air conditioning, and keep in mind that spaces where you used to complain you needed to wear a sweater in the summer will become your favorite.

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Summertime Survival Guide for Pregnancy

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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