Pregnancy is life-changing experience, but in the summertime, it's also a sweaty one. Although everyone around you associates the warm weather with beach trips and backyard BBQs, you connect it to rivers of sweat all over your body. With a long holiday weekend coming up, you might forced to spend some extra time in the great outdoor. But don't worry— there are plenty of ways to control your pregnancy sweats on the 4th of July, so you can stay comfortable while you're celebrating.
Sweating when you're pregnant isn't always just due to the temperature outside (although hot and humid weather certainly doesn't help). I personally was just as sweaty in the dead of winter with my first pregnancy as I am now in the beginning of the summer with my second pregnancy. According to What To Expect, the high body temperature is a result of pregnancy hormones. They affect the part of your brain that regulates your body temperature, which can trick it into thinking you're hot even when you're in a cool environment. Your body starts to sweat as a way to cool you down, leaving you reaching for your stick of deodorant. Luckily, you can minimize your suffering with a few simple tips.
Here are seven ways to deal with your pregnancy sweats on the 4th of July this year.
1. Stay Hydrated
The best way to keep yourself cool is pretty simple: drinking plenty of water throughout the day, according to The Bump. The only downside? All those trips to the bathroom you'll end up making.
2. Skip The Hot Drinks And Spicy Foods
If you're in need of caffeine, go for the iced coffee instead of the hot. What To Expect noted that hot drinks and spicy foods can make you work up a sweat.
3. Carry A Fan Or Spray Bottle
If you can't park yourself in front of an air-conditioner, the next best thing might be carrying a handheld fan or a spray bottle filled with cool water, according to Cafe Mom. You can leave one in your purse to be prepared whenever you feel your temperature rising.
4. Stay Out Of The Sun
Sunny summer days might be gorgeous, but they're just not as enjoyable when you're pregnant. Baby Center noted that pregnant moms should stay out of the sun as much as possible to keep cool. If you do venture out, make sure to protect your skin with sunblock.
5. Wear Loose, Light Clothing
You'll still want to be fashion-forward during pregnancy, but sometimes you might need to dress for comfort rather than style. Everyday Health noted that wearing layers of loose, light clothing can help you stay cool.
6. Cool Down With A Shower Or Bath
When those pregnancy sweats have you feeling icky from head to toe, don't hesitate to hop in the shower. Parents noted that cool showers and baths are a great way to keep yourself from feeling overheated.
7. Stay Dry With Talc-Free Powder
If you're super pregnant in the summer, you're going to end up sweating in places you didn't realize you had sweat glands. To keep yourself dry and avoid getting a rash or chafing, Fit Pregnancy suggested sprinkling on some talc-free powder.