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10 Ways to Keep Cool During a Summer Pregnancy

By michellehorton |

I could count down the perks of a summer pregnancy — no bulky layers, no maternity coats, no threats of slipping on ice — but let’s be honest: summer pregnancies are rough.

Pregnant women already feel hot and swollen — especially in the third trimester — and the summer heat makes matters much, much worse.

While there aren’t any cures for beating the summer heat completely (besides staying in the AC at all times), there are certainly ways to manage the summer months without living like a hermit.

Here are 10 ways to keep cool during the hot summer months:

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Stay Cool During Summer Pregnancy

Stay Hydrated

One of the most important tips is to DRINK WATER — lots of water — especially because dehydration is the leading cause of premature labor. Drinking water also flushes out water retention (swelling!), which summer heat makes worse.

More ways to reduce swelling: Keep your feet elevated, limit your salt intake, use cold compresses, and avoid standing for long periods at a time.

Read more about the importance of summer hydration.

Photo: Greg Riegler Photography/Flickr

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0 thoughts on “10 Ways to Keep Cool During a Summer Pregnancy

  1. Amy says:

    My second daughter was born in the middle of a HUGE heatwave, and boy, were those last few weeks brutal. These ideas are totally useful!

  2. Jolene says:

    Great tips for pregnant women and others! :) I love keeping cold treats in the freezer all summer for snacks and dessert and a lot of the Cool Whip recipes you linked to would freeze really well!

  3. Alix says:

    My mom never fails to bring up the fact that she was pregnant with me during the hottest summer our hometown has ever experienced (this was pre-air conditioning)…haha…too bad she didn’t have this recipes!

  4. Bianca says:

    i’ve only been pregnant in the winter but i’ve always kept frozen treats in the freezer! don’t know what it is but i am neverr in the mood for anything hot–give me an ice pop and i’m good!

  5. Devan McGuinness says:

    I hated SO BADLY when i was pregnant in the summer — and i was at most 5 months pregnant for all of them in the summer. I refused to do ANYTHING & I can’t imagine (and don’t want to imagine) being full term at the beginning of a heat wave!

    great tips

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