Getting Real with Kira Hazledine

Oh my goodness it’s hot. I know I’m not the only pregnant woman in this heat wave, and when there is no AC to be found at my household, the struggle is real. It’s not so much the sweating that bothers me, although that can be weird when my boobs are resting on my stomach like a shelf. I. Can’t. Breathe. I have a hard time breathing without the heat, since my unborn children like to hang up towards my ribs and diaphragm. So how do you survive a summer pregnancy?

  1. Hydrate.

If you thought you were drinking enough water before, think again. It’s not enough in the heat, which sounds ridiculous when you’re running to the bathroom every half hour. Baby doesn’t like the heat any more than you do, and it’s in the best interests of everyone involved to increase your water intake. Set a timer if you have to.

  1. All the fans.

AC is a luxury that not everyone has. If you do have it, stay indoors you lucky duck. If you don’t, well-placed fans and a cool washcloth will be your best friend. If the fans aren’t enough, local spots like the library will have some AC you can relax in for a bit.

  1. Limit outdoor activity.

The pool may look nice, but even swimming for too long can really do you in. If you are outdoors, stay in the shade. Wear the hat, the sunscreen, and as mentioned, drink the water.

  1. Keep a mist fan handy.

I found a small fan that attaches to the diaper bag, offering a light water spray and burst of air if I’m feeling overheated. They make larger ones, which hold more water, but are not as convenient when you’re also hauling a toddler.

  1. Elevate.

I haven’t been wearing my wedding rings, because my fingers are prone to swelling in the heat. Luckily I don’t have noticeable swelling in my feet, but it can be a real problem. Keep your feet propped up whenever you can, and the more water you drink, the less water your body will retain. I don’t know the science behind it, I just know the facts.

  1. If you have questions, call.

Don’t ever think you’re being silly. If you’re feeling off in any way, call your OB. Don’t attribute feeling dizzy or faint to the heat. It could be the heat, but you’re pregnant! It’s different territory now, and no one will blame you for speaking to a nurse. I call at least every couple of weeks, because I’m an anxious pregnant lady. Never have I been made to feel unreasonable.

The summer is only beginning, and I get to be pregnant through the whole thing! With a due date of October, I’ll be using every one of these tips to make it through.