When we were young, the summers were the best times of our lives. They’re still a lot of a fun with all the time outdoors we get to spend, but the days can be uncomfortable when you’re pregnant. You’re hot, swollen and constantly looking for some ice water. The summer may seem unbearable, but there are plenty of ways to survive without misery. Here are a few:
It may be obvious, but the best way to survive your summer pregnancy is to keep cool. Do whatever it takes for you to feel comfortable; after all, you are the one carrying a baby! Always have cold water on hand and take a dip in the pool when feeling overheated. If you don’t have air conditioning, take a cold shower or two during the day. If you are still feeling too hot, put a cold washcloth over your forehead and take a nap.
Find the coolest places
Literally. Places like the movie theatre and the mall are always very cold. If you are sitting at home, hot and bored, take a trip to the mall and get some baby shopping done. Find reasons to spend time in air conditioned spaces. You will feel accomplished having gotten some things off your checklist, and you will feel nice and cool for a few hours.
Put down the salt shaker
One thing you can do to make yourself feel less swollen and more comfortable is to reduce your amount of sodium intake. As you probably know, salt makes you swell. You are already feeling extra bloated from the heat and the pregnancy, so try to limit salty foods. Just make sure you aren’t completely cutting it out of your diet.
If you are one of those women who can’t stop moving, it is now time for you to learn how to relax. You’re pregnant; you deserve to take care of your body and rest. Even if you feel like there is tons to do around the house, take an hour to kick back, relax and watch your favorite TV show.
Find good maternity clothes
Finding good maternity clothes for the summer months is so important. It could be the difference from being comfortable and being uncomfortable. The best pregnancy attire for the summer is light and comfy. Opt for light dresses over jeans. This helps keep you from overheating and allows sweat to evaporate.
Guest Blog by Stephanie Parker from Sleepingbaby.com, inventor of the Zipadee-Zip
The motto for Sleeping Baby, makers of the Zipadee-Zip, is: “Inspiring Dreams One Night at A time,” and that, in a nutshell, is how it all started…with one little dream that has since become the Parker family’s reality. When Brett and Stephanie Parker’s daughter, Charlotte, was born, the feeling that welled up inside of them was indescribable; they never realized until first looking into those baby blues of hers that they were even capable of that kind of love.
When it was time to transition baby from swaddling, the Parkers tried every sleep sack on the market and every swaddle weaning trick they could find for nearly two weeks and nothing worked to get baby Charlotte to fall and stay asleep.
Stephanie became determined to restore sleep and sanity to their household and set out to find a solution that would soothe Charlotte’s startle reflex and provide her the cozy womb-like environment she loved so much but still give her the freedom to roll over and wiggle around in her crib safely. Out of sheer desperation and exhaustion, the Zipadee-Zip was born. The first Zipadee-Zip(R) Stephanie put together on her little sewing machine worked like magic!
To date tens of thousands of Zipadee-Zips have been sold and all from word-of-mouth marketing. It is so rewarding for the Parkers to see other parents and babies getting the sleep they both need and deserve!
For more information, visit sleepingbaby.com.
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