Growing up in the midwest, the summer sun always put me in a good mood. But if you're expecting, the warmer temperatures can make an already uncomfortable existence downright unbearable. You're probably already dealing with back pain and swollen feet, so the last thing in the world you want is to be too hot. Right now, I'm sure you want nothing more than to sit in a tub of ice for the next two months, but there's no reason to believe that you can't enjoy yourself this summer. There are plenty of great ways to stay cool in the summer if you're pregnant.
Wearing lightweight clothing, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking frequent showers can help keep moms-to-be cool when the weather is hot. But it's also important to remember that you are carrying another life, which means you may not be able to maintain your pre-pregnancy level of activity — and that's perfectly OK. You have the right to take it easy if you're feeling overwhelmed in the heat. Besides, there's no better time than during your pregnancy to ask for a little help from your friends and family members.
If you and your baby are feeling the need to beat the heat, get yourself a fan and an ice cream cone, and try some of these tips to keep cool.