Summer pregnancy

Topic: Summer pregnancy survival guide: Tips to stay cool + comfy

Being pregnant through the summer months is no easy feat. You’re wondering what to wear, how to take care of your skin, how much you should be hydrating, and if you’ll survive all the sweating you’re bound to do (after all, you’re sweating for two).

If you’re expecting a baby later this summer or fall, here’s your “how-to” guide for surviving those sticky summer months while pregnant.

Beat the summer heat

If your body feels like an inferno every time you step outside, you’re not crazy—your body’s core temperature is always slightly elevated through pregnancy. Adding heat from summer temperatures is going to make you uncomfortable, period. Here’s how you can stay cool and comfortable from now until fall.

Stay busy in the morning or early evening if you can, that way you can relax during the hottest points of the day.

Invest in some MegaBabe (or any anti-chafe relief for when you wear skirts or dresses), because it’s going to save your summer.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Keep those fluids going all day, especially when you’re outdoors. A water bottle that stays ice-cold for hours is a great investment. (So are popsicles.)

If you have access to a pool, this is the time to use and abuse those pool privileges!

Swimming is a great exercise for pregnancy and a great way to stay cool.

An instant cooling towel is a must for those outdoor picnics or events when the sun is hot and shade can only do so much.

Sunscreen + skincare

If you’re tired and at risk for snoozing in the sun (who could blame you?), make sure you load up on sunscreen when you’re outside. Not only is sunburn not great for you, it’s also not great for the baby you’re growing. And pregnancy can change your skin’s appearance and texture, so load up on the SPF.

Sunbathing can drain your body of the fluids it needs, so make sure you’re hydrating in addition to wearing sunscreen.

Avoid being in the sun during its peak afternoon hours.

If you notice your skin is developing dark spots, that’s OK! It’s likely melasma, which is very common in pregnancy. In addition to sunscreen, try lotions and creams that have Vitamin C for their antioxidant properties that can brighten the skin and reduce pigmentation.

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