pregnant bikiniPregnant women suffering through the summer heat, I feel for you -- especially those of you in your last trimester. You're lumbering around with your own hot, portable little oven. You've got an extra little body with you who make your retain water, sweat more, and breathe a little less. And then summer heat waves come along and just about knock you off your feet -- maybe literally. So here's a few tips for keeping cool this summer, against the odds.

1. Take cold showers and baths. The showers are a quick way to cool down if you don't have a lot of time. But immersing yourself into a cool tub of water is even better. Of course, if you have time to lounge in a pool that's probably best of all -- unless it's a crowded pool under a hot sun. That's why I like a cold bath. You have it all to yourself, and it's indoors.

2. Drink plenty of cool liquids. It's especially important to keep hydrated now. Stick with water as much as possible, or at least low-sugar drinks if you're craving flavor.

3. Wear light-colored clothes in natural fibers. Are you justified in spending the rest of the summer in loose-fitting mumus? Yes, yes you are. Three words: Treat Yo Self. Maybe just cut a few holes into a sheet and wear that for the next two months. Or maybe just get a few white maxi dresses.

4. Get things done in the morning or evening. Easier said than done, since you may not have much choice in the matter. But any outdoor activities, especially, that you can push to the cooler hours of the day will help make you more comfortable.

5. Carry around a spray bottle filled with water. You could add some herbal essential oils for extra refreshment. But the idea is that you're spraying yourself with a cool mist continuously. Ahhh!

6. Prop up those feet. Whenever you can, prop up your feet to keep them from swelling. And because you're pregnant, dammit.

7. Watch your salt. Try to avoid eating high-salt foods, which can make you retain more water than you're already retaining. Read those labels.

8. Take naps. And finally, my favorite -- you officially have permission to take naps throughout the day, if you can. Keep it short, but these little rests will help your body recover from activity in the heat.

Do you have any other keep-cool tips for summer pregnancies?

 

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