Summer pregnancy

Summer, Summer, Summertime. Here are some tips for coping with the hot weather during pregnancy.

Pregnant women lying in a field with sun shining on her face

Pregnancy news, 26/05/2017 [updated 04/07/2018]

In the immortal words of Nelly, it’s getting hot in here. With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a few ideas about how to keep cool during pregnancy. Your skin is more sensitive when you’re pregnant because of all those hormones flying around so make sure you look after it.

What to wear

  • Cover up with loose, light layers and feel floaty.
  • When it comes to fabrics, think natural and breathable like cotton or linen.
  • Now is the time to rock a large brimmed hat – the bigger the better! Balance that bump.
  • It’s an obvious one, but sun cream. Due to your skin’s increased sensitivity go for a higher factor than usual. In your third trimester you might not have seen your feet in a while, let alone reached them but don’t forget they’re there when you’re lotioning-up.

Top tip

Keep your lotion in the fridge for instant cool down factor!

Out and about

  • We’re starting to sound like your mum, we know, but make sure you avoid that midday sun if you can.
  • Carry a fan, small spray bottle or pack of wipes with you in your bag.
  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times and make sure you stay hydrated. Whatever trimester you’re in, the heat can make you feel nauseous. If you’re struggling, try sipping little and often.
  • Not only is swimming great exercise for you during pregnancy but it has the added bonus of helping you cool off.

Hair removal

Before you head out you might be thinking about de-fuzzing, or not – we’re not judging! If you do, just remember that your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy so be careful what products you use.

Hair removal cream

  • Maybe try the sensitive skin options.
  • It’s a good idea to do a patch test first to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
  • Make sure the room is well ventilated because the strong perfume in some products may make you feel a bit woozy.

Waxing

Increased blood flow and sensitive skin mean that waxing could be more painful than usual. Consider yourself warned.

Indoors

At home, you have instant refreshment on tap… literally.

  • Try running cool water over your wrists or take a lukewarm shower if you’re getting hot and bothered.
  • If you’re suffering from summertime blues swelling, try soaking a towel in some cool water and laying it over your feet. Note: if your swelling has come on suddenly and is accompanied by other symptoms, call your midwife.
  • Water is great, but you can also raid the freezer for some ice cubes to chomp on. Or treat yourself to an ice lolly.

What not to eat

We all love a good BBQ but it often means an encounter with meat that’s been burnt on the outside and left frozen in the middle. Avoid food poisoning by making sure you get the food while it’s hot and check that it’s cooked all the way through. It’s a good idea to freeze the meat first to kill harmful bacteria.

Good news! Soft ice creams should be OK to eat, as long as they are made with pasteurised milk and eggs. Read more about it on the NHS Choices website.

Find out about other foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Sleeping

Lack of sleep is almost inevitable in pregnancy and above-average temperatures can make it feel even harder to get a good night’s sleep. But try not to stress about it. A few nights of interrupted sleep won’t cause you or baby any harm – however tired grim you feel in the morning.

  • Keep your bedroom cool by closing the curtains or blinds during the day.
  • Open the windows and use a fan to maximise air circulation.
  • Have a lukewarm shower before bed and moisturise your body afterwards to soothe itchy skin.
  • Fill a spray bottle with water. Keep it by your bed and spritz your face whenever you wake up.
  • Move a mattress into the coolest room in the house so you can sleep there during the warmest nights.
  • Place a wet flannel on your forehead when you get into bed.
  • Consider trying complimentary therapies, such as acupuncture or reflexology, which can help you to relax.

And remember, if you are in the third trimester of pregnancy, go to sleep on your side. Research shows that this is safer for your baby.

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