OK, ladies, let’s get real. Really real. Because, you see, the weather is getting really hot. And I don’t know about you, but the heat has introduced a new, rather unpleasant little wrinkle into the already-uncomfortable fabric of pregnancy for me. I’m talking about chafing. Chafing in the va-jay-jay region. Or the pussios region, if you prefer. (That’s pronounced “poo-swah” and was invented by a college classmate of mine and continues to crack me up to this day.) Or, if we’re going to be technical and…ya know…real…the labia.
We all aware by now that pregnant women run hot. I personally haven’t slept with any sort of blanket or sheet on me in weeks and there are nights when I wonder if it’s possible to turn down the temperature on my husband a bit because I’m too warm with him in the bed. I bring my own chair to the playground and chase the shade around the perimeter as my son plays because sitting in direct light would cause a reaction like one of the vampires in True Blood (this is the first time I’ve ever wished I was more like a Cullen than a Bon Temps vamp). I am hot. All the time. And with being hot, comes sweat. Everywhere. Including my groin.
The sweat down there combined with the increased moisture that comes part and parcel with pregnancy has created a situation where some very sensitive skin is never completely dry. And given the close quarters in the area and the fact that none of my clothes fit very well at this point, we have chafing. The result is…uncomfortable.
Unfortunately, the ultimate cure for chafed labia in pregnancy is childbirth and that’s a few weeks off. Meanwhile, I’m doing a lot of really basic things to minimize the effect. Regular showers and drying the area off completely are a must. I use panty-liners and change them frequently (and doesn’t it seem unfair to have to buy feminine sanitary supplies during pregnancy when you’re supposed to get a break from all that?). I’ve broken into my stash of baby stuff to grab wipes to clean myself thoroughly after using the bathroom and I apply diaper ointment to the affected areas to protect them from further chafing. The efforts are paying off and I’m more comfortable now than I was a few days ago when the mercury first started to climb.
The other thing I’m trying to do is stay indoors where the a/c keeps me nice and cool. If I had my druthers, I’d actually spend the rest of my pregnancy in a dim, air conditioned room drinking cold water and watching reality tv but that’s not an option. So, for now, I’m thanking the inventors of diaper ointment for making summer more bearable and counting the days until I deliver.
How are you dealing with the physical discomforts of pregnancy and hot weather?
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