I won't lie and say being pregnant in the summer is the best. I mean, it's hot, it's humid, and it's kind of miserable. But I will say that there are plenty of reasons why being
pregnant in August can, in fact, be the best, if only because summer is quickly coming to an end.
I had my first son on Aug 6, 2014, and my second son was born Nov 17, 2018, so I have been pregnant in August
twice. And both times, I have to admit, I felt pretty damn miserable. But there were undeniable moments of bliss and reprieve that made the entire ordeal far more manageable, and looking back on my experience I can tell you that there are far more worse things than being pregnant in August. Like being pregnant in the dead of winter, when you have to fear slipping and falling every second of every day.
Will you be sweating your you-know-what off
when you're pregnant in August? Sure. Will you watch old episodes of Game of Thrones and think the Kingdom of the North looks incredibly inviting? Probably. But there are wins to be had here, my friends. There are reasons to celebrate being pregnant in August, I can assure you. In fact, just peruse the following and tell me that, in the end, this whole "being pregnant in August thing" isn't that bad: All The Ice Cream Pregnant woman with ice cream. Close up Shutterstock
Bring on the stone-cold diary, my friends. It's not that you need an excuse to have ice cream (because you don't), but if you want to shut up any annoying relatives or nosey friends, being pregnant in one of the hottest months of the year is a solid reason to indulge in some ice cream or frozen yogurt.
An Excuse To Miss The Latest Family Reunion
too pregnant to travel, or you don't want to be outside for extended periods of time, or you're too tired, or your doctor says you can't stray too far from the hospital. I mean, take your pick. If you want to avoid the family this summer, being pregnant is a solid excuse. Everyone Sweats, But You "Glow"
Make no mistake,
your "glow" is just a thin layer of sweat. But no one is going to say that. Oh no, while everyone else are just sweat sacks covered in skin, you're a glowing goddess of fertility. Your sweat is "pregnancy sweat," and somehow, for some reason, that's a magical kind of sweat that makes you look like a radiating queen. An Excuse To Bogart The A/C
You, and only you, need to sit
directly in front of the A/C for as long as humanly possible. You, and only you, need all the fans pointed directly at your face. Pregnancy is a great excuse to bogart the air conditioning, other people's comfort be damned. A Wide Variety Of Non-Alcoholic, Cold Beverages Sundresses pregnant woman on sunset beach touching her belly with love Shutterstock
I mean, is there anything more comfortable? Short of going commando, the answer is no. A sundress is every pregnant person's dream, and in August there is no shortage of days in which to wear one. Hell, you can even wear a sundress to the office — no one is going to say otherwise.
Everyone Is Quick To Help
In the winter, when I was pregnant, I was covered in layers and it was often difficult for people riding the train to notice that I was carrying a bun in the oven. So no one on the subway was offering up their seat, for example, because they simply couldn't tell.
That's not true in the summer, though. It was
painfully obvious I was pregnant, especially in August, and people were very, very quick to help out any way they could. If they were miserable in the heat, they just knew I was incredibly miserable and could use all the available support. Flip-Flops Swollen feet? Well, in the summer that's not an issue at all. Just throw on a pair of flip-flops. No need to try to squeeze your aching trotters into a pair of heels or loafers. Nah, this is flip-flop season, my friends. Embrace it. Love it. Take advantage of it. All The BBQ Food
I mean, enough said, right?
What is summer, if not a seemingly endless buffet of barbecued treats. From all the charred meat imaginable, to delicious pasta salads, to grilled vegetables, to cold deserts, summertime meals are to die for. And since you're pregnant, chances are people aren't going to raise their self-righteous, judgmental eyebrows your way when you go for seconds.
All The Unicorn Sprinklers & Miniature Pools
When you're pregnant, no one is going to look twice when you're setting up this
ginormous unicorn sprinkler to survive the heat. No one will care if you spend a good portion of your afternoon in this Aldi whale-shaped pool. And if you think someone is going to say a word when you hang out with this llama float, you've severely underestimated how much you can get away with when you're pregnant in August. An Excuse Not To Travel Happy pregnant woman is traveling to destination by plane sitting at window seat light are shining from porthole. Pregnancy healthy and travel concept. Shutterstock
We've already established that pregnancy can be a great "get out of the family reunion" card, but this extends to any traveling whatsoever. You have a reason not to go on that work trip, or a solid excuse to forego that really,
really long road trip. If you want to stay home until that baby comes out of your body, no one is going to say otherwise. Your Baby Will Avoid The Heat
I don't know about you, dear reader, but my baby overheating was one of my main concerns as a new mom. And while that fear didn't go away
entirely when I had a baby in November, I can tell you that when my first son was born Aug, 6, 2014, I was petrified that the heat was going to hurt him in any way.
signs of overheating you can look for, but if you're pregnant in August and not close to giving birth, this is a fear that will probably subside as you enter the fall and winter months. If You're In Your Third Trimester, You'll Have A Leo Baby...
If you are nearing your due date and about to have an August baby, chances are they'll be a Leo (July 23 - Aug 22). If you do give birth to a baby Leo (like I did), prepare to have a very
creative, passionate, and cheerful baby, according to Astrology Zodiac Signs. I might be biased, because my firstborn is a Leo, but these babies are the best: so outgoing, so, so funny, and ridiculously entertaining. ... & Be Confident, Strong, & Organized...
According to Astrologer Amelia Quint, who writes for My Domaine, the
dominate trait of a Leo is confidence. These fire signs are self-assured, strong, and organized — traits that, sure, might make a 2- or 3-year-old child difficult, but will benefit any child is the long-run. It's typical for any parent to worry about any child, but if you're in your third trimester in August and ready to give birth, know that you're going to be welcoming a very assertive, powerful, loving baby into the world. ... & Probably End Up In A Leadership Position
If you give birth to a Leo baby, your baby will be
popular, loving, and heart-centered, according to Astrostyle.com. This bodes well for their future leadership abilities, as people will naturally be drawn to them and their personality. Leos excel at delegating, but are also very, very hard workers, so your little one is likely to do well in school, on the playground, and everywhere in between. You Don't Have To Worry About Slipping On Ice Pregnant woman holding her belly on the beach with copy space Shutterstock
I'm sorry, but I'll take the fear of dehydration over the fear of falling any day. In the summer months, I just had to be more aware of the amount of water I was drinking — something I could completely control. But in the winter? With the ice and the cold? The unruly sidewalks? The scary drives on snow-covered roads? Hard pass, my friends. I'll take the heat over the cold any day, if only because I feel much, much safer walking down a blistering sidewalk than I do an ice-covered one.
If You're In Your Second Trimester, You'll Probably Have A Baby By Christmas
Try and name one combination more heartwarming than a baby and the holiday season. Go ahead, I dare you. You can't, can you? Of course you can't.
It does not exist.
I had a baby in August, and a baby in November, and I can tell you that having a baby closer to the holiday season really, really made that time exponentially more special. He was still so little, so cuddly, and while I wasn't getting any sleep, I just loved having a 1-month-old newborn in my home on Christmas Day. It truly, truly made being super pregnant in August, worth it.
Did I Mention The Ice Cream? Beach Days Are Chill
If you do decide to visit the beach while pregnant, no one is going to bug you about doing this thing in the water or that thing in the sand or, well, anything at all. Nah, they're going to live you alone, because you making your way to the beach super pregnant deserves a parade all on its own.
You'll get to sit, relax, maybe wade in the water if that's your jam, and probably leave early without anyone saying anything about it, all because you're rocking that baby bump.
At Least Your Higher Energy Bill Makes Sense
When I was pregnant, I didn't want to hear a single, solitary word about the increase in our electricity bill as the result of our always-on air conditioning. I was growing a human inside my body when it was 98 degrees outside. Reason enough, my friends.
You Can Look Forward To The End Of Summer pregnant mother relax by the pool while kids play with water Shutterstock
Hey, if you still really hate the whole "
being pregnant in the summer thing," at least you can look forward to it being over in no time at all. August marks the end of those blistering days and hot, sweltering nights. So hang in there, mama-to-be. It does get better.