Last summer, when I was eight months pregnant in August during a heat wave (90-plus degree temperatures for months, it seemed), I vowed to write this post. At the time I was too busy sweating to write, but with summer just around the corner, I’m ready to help!
I know several mamas who will be experiencing the joys of pregnancy during the summer months. And listen, I don’t want to be one of those smug ladies who seemingly live to go on–and on and on–about the potential pitfalls of pregnancy. But let’s get real. By the end of my pregnancy, it was hard enough to just find a comfortable position to sit in. Being hot, sweaty, and swollen just made me feel ridiculous on top of everything else.
But! I did find a few ways to make being pregnant during the summer easier, and I thought I’d write them down before Mother Nature makes me forget everything so I might want to have another baby in the future (the store is closed, Mother Nature–it’s called an IUD!).
An air conditioner for your bedroom, if you don’t have central air. Buy it now, before prices go up or stores sell out! You may think it’s a frivolous expense of money and energy when you could be saving up for, say, a college fund. But this is important! Sleep is essential for gestating mommies, and sweating in bed is no fun (except under the specific circumstances that got you pregnant in the first place). Measure your room and find the most efficient air conditioner for the square footage you have (Craigslist can also be your friend here). Then, an hour before you go to bed every night, turn it on and shut the door. When you’re ready to turn in, your room will be a blissful, icy-cold refuge of slumber.
Comfortable maternity pajamas. Don’t be like me. I wore my regular, (originally) loose-fitting pajamas way too long, until they were tight and uncomfortable. Again, sleep is important. You’ll need something that fits and is suitable for the weather! One benefit to maternity pajamas and nightgowns is, many are also made for nursing, so you can wear them after delivery and get a lot of wear out of them (especially if you have a robe for when it gets cooler).
A light jacket or cardigan that goes with almost everything you own. The double-edged sword of super-hot summer temperatures is, many office buildings and businesses keep the air conditioning on blast, which means if you’re dressed for the weather, you’ll need a little something to keep from freezing. The best part about this item is, you likely already have it in your closet (it doesn’t need to close!). I had a light (pre-pregnancy) Dickies jacket that I wore to the office almost every day. In the end it was more like a shrug than a jacket, but it worked!
Summer maternity dresses. Old Navy was my jam for maternity gear, and their dresses were awesome. They were comfortable, they were inexpensive, they lasted my entire pregnancy, they could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, and (still very important) they were flattering! Protip: maxi dresses means you don’t have to worry about shaving your legs every day.
- A couple of light scarves. Let’s talk pregnancy boobs. As the months go by, your breasts will likely get bigger, which will in turn pull your neckline lower–which means you may start showing more cleavage than you feel comfortable with at, say, work. A light, colorful scarf will take care of that without making you overheat. Also: great as a shawl in a pinch in air conditioning.
Linen or otherwise light pants. I think my favorite piece of clothing during the tail end of my summer pregnancy was a pair of gray linen pants I got from (again) Old Navy. Again, shaving your legs will get more difficult as time goes on. If you feel uncomfortable showing that, a light pair of pants can keep you covered, but comfortable. Get them in a neutral color and you can basically wear them every day if you want! You have better things to think about than your clothes!
- Flip-flops. Cheap and plain or spendy and stylish–your choice. But for me, the end of pregnancy plus high summer temperatures resulted in extremely swollen feet and ankles, which meant the only shoes I could wear were flip-flops. Be prepared.
Hopefully you won’t need these suggestions, but I think hoping for the best and preparing for the worst is a solid plan of action in almost every circumstance!
Do you have any tips for surviving a summer pregnancy? Post them below!