Speaking as someone who has two kids, one born in summer and the other born in winter, the summer pregnancy was way more uncomfortable. My eldest was born in August, which meant months of being large during very warm weather, and each day seemed to bring with it a new heat-related misery! It got me thinking about things that I did to stay comfortable during the end stages of my pregnancy, so I thought I’d share them in case it’s able to provide relief for any other discomfited mamas-to-be out there:
Cold water is basically your best friend right now. You should be drinking plenty, but also soaking yourself in it to. If you can bear it, spend your days laying in a cool bath or even a paddling pool! If this sounds like another form or torture, make sure you have a tub big enough for soaking your feet and lower legs. As well as keeping to cool, this will help to stop your feet and ankles swelling, which pregnant women are prone to in this heat.
One of the things that makes the heat feel so much worse when you’re pregnant is having dry skin – the added heat can make your poor pregnant skin feel ready to burst. You have to be careful about the products you use during pregnancy, but never fear, Elemis has your back! Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream veils the skin in a milk protein cocoon, while gently cleansing, enriching and balancing the skin, and is totally safe for use during pregnancy.
Give Yourself a Scrub
Between the heat making you sweat, the big belly you’re carrying around and feeling like you’re not able to do much towards the end of gestation, you probably feel permanently grotty. Elemis Devils Mint Body Scrub is another Elemis product which has been designed to be suitable for use during pregnancy and uses cooling ingredients to gently exfoliate and refresh your skin.
Dress for Comfort
The key to staying cool while pregnant in the summer is definitely in what you wear. It’s tempting to wear as little as possible, but actually, loose-fitting, free-flowing natural fabrics will keep you much cooler. The same formula applies to bedding, too; go for cotton or linen and a light sheet rather than a full cover.
Stay Out of the Sun
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but staying out of the sun as much as possible is imperative when you’re expecting. Aside from the fact that getting sunburn at this time will increase your discomfort levels by 1000, it can increase your chances of developing melasma, or “pregnancy mask”, a condition which causes hyperpigmentation of the face. We recommend Decleor Ultra Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF50 for your face and Dermalogica Protection 50 Sport SPF50 for your body.