1.)Drink lots of water. I know that sometimes when you are pregnant the last thing you want to be doing is drinking lots of water as you are often needing to wee often enough but i have found drinking lots of ice cold water a big help. It is so important to keep hydrated in pregnancy even more so in hot weather and i find that i am getting so thirsty in this heat. A nice drink of ice cold water cools me down and refreshes me.
2.) Eat cool refreshing food's. Even when i am not pregnant in the summer i always find that i want to eat healthy foods like salads and fruit and i just don't fancy hot meals often. And this is even more true now i am pregnant plus if i eat the odd healthy meal it means that i can indulge in a cake
3.) Get someone else to cook. On the subject of food i have found that i am really struggling to cook in this heat even with all the windows open i get all hot and bothered standing in the kitchen cooking and i also can not be bothered some days as my back and feet ache so one thing i recommend is getting the other half to cook its the least he can do to look after you after all the hard work you are doing growing a baby after all.
4.) Wear cool clothing. Maternity fashion is not the best i must admit i mainly live in leggings/jeggings with tops and a cardigan when i am pregnant. I would love to be able to wear pretty summer dresses but its just not happening when i feel like a huge hippo. So i have found myself living in vest tops, flat sandals ( when my fat feet let me) and i also find the kimono style cover ups great as you can hide your wobbly bits while still keeping cool and looking stylish. Other people swear by maxi dresses in pregnancy but i have yet to find a nice one that does not make me look like the size of a elephant.
5.) Slather on that suntan lotion. Obviously everyone should make sure they wear suntan lotion in the summer but i often forget but now i am pregnant i have found that my skin is much more sensitive and i am burning easily off the sun , i am blaming them crazy hormones again. So i have been slathering on lots of factor 30 suntan lotion before i go out. I have still ended up covered in freckles though.
6.) Cool showers. I am normally a bath lover i love nothing more then a red hot bubble bath at the end of the day but i have found now i am pregnant i am wanting nice cool showers . In this heat i am getting all hot and sweaty and feel dirty so i am loving nice cool showers every day to cool down and freshen up.
7.) Stay indoors when its very hot. I hate being indoors especially when it is warm and the children are off school i love days out and having family adventures and i had so many things planned for the summer but i have to face reality that i simply can not go out everyday all day in the heat as i am really starting to struggle with being hot, uncomfortable, sweaty and out of breath and just generally knackered if i am honest. So i have been staying at home indoors a lot more then normal don't get me wrong i am not a hermit just yet we still have days out just not as many as normal and i just try to avoid being out at lunch time when it red hot.
8.) Put your feet up and relax. This heat has made my feet swell right up i have even had to go out and buy new shoes in a size bigger as none of my shoes fitted me. And i have also been getting achy legs and everyone keeps telling me to relax and sit with my feet up. And i have been doing this
9.) Water mist spray and a fan. I have a water mist spray and when i am hot and bothered its lovely to spray on my face and helps keep me cool and i intend to pack it in my hospital bag for when i give birth. Also a fan will be amazing in this weather although we have not got one i really wish i did as everyone swears by them.
10.) Keep cool in bed. I am struggling the most with the heat at bed time i have my bedroom window wide open , i don't use the duvet and i normally love wearing pj's but i have swapped them for a cool cotton nightie or the other half's football tops to try and keep cool during the night.
So there we are those or my ten tips for