My youngest child was born in mid-September, when the temperatures were still hovering in the 90s or above. I spent my whole third trimester sweltering in the Oklahoma summer heat. It was a completely different experience than being pregnant with my twins, who arrived right around Christmas.
Carrying a baby through a long, hot summer is a unique experience, but it doesn’t have to be all bad. Here are some tips to help you survive a steamy third trimester and get ready for your summertime bundle of joy.
Probably my number one pregnancy tip for any time of year would be to stay hydrated. Not only does your blood volume increase by up to 50 percent during pregnancy, you also need plenty of extra water to maintain your amniotic fluid at a healthy level and to flush out waste created by both you and your growing baby.
In the summer, it’s even harder to stay hydrated, because you are more likely to sweat away precious water, so you have to drink more. Don’t like water? Try flavored waters, fresh lemonade or juices with lots of ice.
Put your feet up
You may already be prone to swelling during pregnancy, but if you are going through your third trimester in the middle of summer, swelling is even more likely. Don’t be hesitant to put up your feet whenever you can. You might even pack along a foldable foot rest to use with a camp chair if you are going to be outdoors.
Swim if you can
I loved spending time in the swimming pool when I was pregnant. Using pool noodles, I was able to float with my belly suspended in the water, and I could feel the baby moving more freely, enjoying our swim. Swimming, or even just floating around in the water, is a great way to get a little exercise and just relax, and if you are swimming outdoors, you have the added benefit of boosting your Vitamin D.
Curtail unnecessary plans
Although your family and friends may expect you to show up at their 4th of July picnic or Labor Day cookout, your first priorities are to your health and your baby’s. Whether it’s a week-long vacation or just a get-together at the park, you have every right to say no to plans that sound too hot or strenuous.
This also applies to saying goodbye. When you are pregnant, especially in the heat of the summer, you need to listen to your body. If you find yourself overheated, tired, or stressed out, let everyone know that the baby says it’s time for you to head home and get some rest. Just don’t forget to drink a little more on your way back.
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