Are you pregnant and very, very hot? Are you starting to sweat in places you didn't know could sweat? The phrase "a bun in the oven" is a little too accurate in the summer. Being pregnant in the heat can make you feel like your body has turned into a literal oven. Steamy days and balmy nights are even more intense when you're carrying a human being inside your body.
But don't worry! We've got some tips to keep you feeling cool in the summertime, even though you feel like you are about to melt or burst or both.
Wear gel ice packs to help you cool down.
via: ShutterstockGel won't melt, so you can stick frozen gel packs in your bra or even your undies to help yourself feel cool on those hot days.
Gel ice packs can be great to help you cool down at night, too.
via: ShutterstockStick an ice pack in your sheets a few minutes before you go to sleep, they'll be nice and chilly when you crawl into bed.
If you really like an icy bed: try freezing your sheets.Put your sheets in the freezer after you wake up in the morning, and make your bed with the cold sheets before you go to sleep. Brrrrrr.
Wear loose-fitting clothing.A maxi dress or empire waist dress is easy to slip on over your baby bump and lets air flow freely. Plus, you'll look super cute!
You may not feel like rejoicing that you're pregnant in the hottest months of the year, but try to remember it's saving you money!It's much easier to fit a baby bump under loose-fitting dresses than winter clothes, so you may be able to get away with wearing your pre-baby bumps duds. Thank your lucky stars you don't have to buy a new winter coat, those things can be expensive! Keep reading for more pregnancy hacks to help you through the hottest days of summer.
Find air-conditioned activities.
via: ShutterstockSummer pregnancy might not be the best time for picnics in the park. Try to avoid outdoor activities and instead, opt for places with AC: the movies, museums, and maybe even a spa, you deserve it!
Work out early.
via: ShutterstockIf you're still taking walks or runs, try to avoid the hottest parts of the day and get up early. You're going to need the practice once the baby comes along, anyway!
Stay hydrated!Pregnant women need more water than non-pregnant women, so drink up! Always keep a water bottle nearby. Using a water bottle with a built-in straw can help you drink more.
Take advantage of summer fruits.
via: ShutterstockYou may be at your pregnancy peak right now, but so are the juiciest summer fruits, so eat up!
Or stay hydrated by adding raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, or other fruits to sparkling water.
via: ShutterstockYou may not be able to drink, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a cold, refreshing mixed drink of fruit and sparkling water! Still need more tips? Keep reading!
Another perk of summer fruit? It tastes better coming back up.
via: ShutterstockThere's no not gross way to say this: fruit makes less disgusting tasting vomit.
Freeze fruit for a tasty and cold snack.
via: ShutterstockFrozen fruit is healthy and delicious. Grapes especially freeze well and turn into little popsicles!
Take a babymoon!
via: ShutterstockSummer is the perfect time for a getaway to relax, connect with your partner, and prepare for the new addition to your family.
May we recommend somewhere cold?If the idea of sweating at the beach makes you want to throw up right now, consider a vacation somewhere up north instead of your usual summer hotspot.
How about a nice trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan? Or a cruise to Alaska? Iceland is very popular right now.
via: ShutterstockAll of these places rarely get above 70 degrees in the summer. For more pregnancy hacks to keep cool in the summer, click to the next page!
But if you'd rather go somewhere warm, there are hacks for that, too!
via: ShutterstockIf you are heading to the beach, dig yourself a little hole in the sand for your belly. Then you can comfortably lie on your stomach while you watch the waves.
Go for a swim.
via: ShutterstockSwimming is one of the best exercises pregnant women can do! It's low-impact on your muscles and joints and helps cool you down.
Use pool noodles to prop yourself up in the pool.
via: ShutterstockYou can make yourself a chair that fits your proportions and keeps you afloat without any strain on your already-aching body.
Or get a cute float.Those pineapple, donut, and unicorn-shaped pool floats aren't just for Instagram. They are perfect for giving you support while you float the day away.
Even if you've never been a fan of the two-piece, it's time to break out a bikini.
via: ShutterstockWhy bother struggling your big belly into a tight-fitting one piece? Let your belly shine in a two-piece, the less fabric, the better. Keep reading for more tips!
And if you feel self-conscious about your body? Try to let it go!Who cares if you have stretch marks, or thighs the size of a small country, or don't have the perfect shaped bump you hoped for. You're growing a human being inside of you! You're amazing!
Ditch the real shoes.
via: ShutterstockEmbrace flip flops! They allow your feet to swell and they are easy to slip on and off.
Don't feel like flip-flops are dressy enough? Get nicer ones!
via: ShutterstockThere are lots of cute flip-flops that aren't your typical rubber dime store pairs. Spend a few extra dollars and get a cute pair that will make you feel pretty. (Even if you can barely see your feet).
If you need more support: try sports sandals.
via: ShutterstockThey may not be as cute, but sporty sandals that velcro onto your feet have better arch support than your typical flip-flops.
Take an afternoon nap.
via: ShutterstockInstead of sweating your way through the hottest part of the day, shut yourself in an airconditioned room and catch some Zs. Your body needs lots of rest and lowering your heart rate will help you cool down. But don't take a nap until you've finished all these tips! Keep reading!
Let's talk sweat.
via: ShutterstockPregnancy can make you sweat in all kinds of crazy places, and you're going to get some summer chafing.
Use baby powder between your thighs.
via: ShutterstockSpread some baby powder between your thighs to keep them from rubbing together and to absorb sweat.
Coconut oil is also good for chafing.
via: ShutterstockSpread it wherever your body is rubbing together and enjoy that relaxing tropical smell.
Use deodorant under your boobs.Less boob sweat and your gals will smell nice and fresh.
Speaking of sweat, you may notice you are sweating a lot more in your nether regions.To help soak up the sweat from your vagina, wear cotton underwear. It absorbs sweat and feels softer and lighter on your skin than other fabrics. There are still more tips to come, keep reading!
If that's not enough, try wearing a panty liner.A panty liner can help you soak up the extra sweat.
Use peppermints to help ease your nausea.
via: ShutterstockIf the summer heat makes you queasy, try sucking on peppermint candy to calm your tummy.
Or try peppermint oil.
via: ShutterstockSniffing peppermint oil can also help ease nausea.
And finally: eat!
via: ShutterstockMake sure you have plenty of healthy snacks on hand. Eating veggies like celery, carrots, or tomatoes can help keep you hydrated and feel cooler.