Summer can be a challenging time when you're growing a baby! The heat and humidity can make it difficult for pregnant mama to stay cool and comfortable, and the added stress on the body can also make it harder to get a good night's sleep.
In this blog we share a few simple tips for stay cool, calm, and comfortable if you're pregnant this summer.
Dress in light, breathable maternity clothing
When you're pregnant, you may feel like you're running hotter than usual. This is totally normal - you really do have a bun in the oven! Body changes during pregnancy can slightly raise your body temperature.
That's why it's so important to dress in light, breathable maternity clothing - especially on those sweltering summer days.
Natural fibres such as 100% cotton, 100% linen, and cotton muslin are great option. These fabrics are lightweight and absorb moisture, helping to keep you cool and dry. (They're also super easy to wash and care for, which is a bonus!)
Avoid tight-fitting clothing, as this can restrict blood flow and make it harder to cool down. Instead, opt for loose-fitting clothing that allows air to circulate around your body.
Staying hydrated is especially important during pregnancy, and it is even more crucial during the summer months. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Carrying a water bottle is one way to help keep up the water intake.
Pregnant women should take extra care to protect their skin from the sun, as pregnancy can make your skin more sensitive.
Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and apply it to all exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating.
Take it easy, mama!
Growing a small human is a big job! While your body is busy nurturing your baby, it's important to listen to your body, take it easy, and rest when you are feeling tired.
It's okay to take a break or spend the day in the shade. Try not to compare yourself to other mamas who may seem to be doing it all without breaking a sweat! Rest is important, and it's okay to sit back and relax!
Get plenty of sleep
We know it's sometimes easier said than done... but a good night's sleep can go such a long way - especially during the tiring summer months.
Heat and humidity can make it harder to get a good night's sleep, so try to keep your bedroom cool and dark. Use a fan or air conditioning to help cool the room, and consider using a pregnancy pillow to help you get comfortable.
When the weather is hot, it's okay to stay in the shade and stay cool. Take a dip in the pool or take a cool shower to help lower your body temperature. Try to avoid going outside during the hottest part of the day, and instead opt to spend your time indoors where it's cooler.
Remember to eat!
It can be easy to forget to eat when it's hot outside, especially when you're busy with work and kids. But it's so important to nourish your body with wholesome food that will sustain you.
If you find you're not as hungry as usual, try eating smaller, more frequent meals can help keep your energy levels up. Smoothies, summer fruits, and fresh vegetables are a great way to stay hydrated and get the nutrients your body needs.
Listen to your body
If you're feeling tired or low on energy, it's important to listen to your body and take it easy. Pregnancy can be tough! And we all experience pregnancy in different ways. Take care of yourself and put your own needs first when you can. If you're feeling unwell, be sure to speak to your midwife for advice, and reach out to your networks for help and support.
Keep an eye on your feet
During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes and your feet are no exception. As your pregnancy progresses, your feet may start to swell, and it can become uncomfortable to wear shoes that are too tight. Consider investing in a pair of comfortable, supportive sandals or sneakers that will accommodate your growing feet.
Use pregnancy pillows
Pregnancy pillows can be a lifesaver when it comes to getting comfortable at night. These special pillows are designed to support your growing belly and can help ease aches and pains in your back, hips, and legs. They can also provide support when you're trying to sleep in a seated position or when you're travelling.
Take care of your skin
Summer can be tough on your skin, and pregnant women are especially susceptible to skin problems such as irritation and pigmentation. To take care of your skin during pregnancy, make sure to keep it hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a good quality moisturiser.
Look after your mental health
Pregnancy can be an incredible time, but it can also be a stressful time. Summer can add to this stress, as the heat and humidity can be overwhelming. It's important to take care of your mental health during this time and to seek help if you need it. Reach out to your close friends and family to let them know how you're feeling. If you feel like you need extra support, there are a range of mental health support and resources available in New Zealand.
Try to find ways to relax and unwind that work for you, such as reading a book, listening to music, or doing yoga.
Keep your cool
If you're struggling to stay cool during the summer months, there are a few things you can do to keep your cool and lower your body temperature. Try using a cold flannel on your forehead or the back of your neck, or take a cool shower or bath. You can also try using a portable fan or air conditioning to help keep the air moving around your body.
Pregnancy during summer can be extra challenging, at all stages of pregnancy. But these few simple tips may help you stay cool, calm, and comfortable, aduring the summer months. Dress in light, breathable clothing, stay hydrated, use sunscreen, take it easy, get plenty of sleep, stay cool, don't forget to eat, keep an eye on your feet, use pregnancy pillows, take care of your skin, don't forget your mental health and keep your cool. Remember to always consult with your doctor or midwife if you have any concerns or questions about your pregnancy.