Massively Pregnant in the Heat of Summer or the Chill of Winter: Which Is Worse?

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My first son was born on August 31. It was HOT. By the final weeks of my pregnancy, I was sausaged into enormous maternity sundresses that I'd once laughed at because sure, like that's EVER going to fit. Our house didn't have air conditioning and I had long surpassed that famed pregnancy "glow" for a pregnancy "all-out perspiration drench." The bones in my feet and ankles had disappeared entirely in favor of weird pillowy appendage-shapes that had the disturbing tendency to hold indentations if pressed with a morbidly curious finger.

In other words, being 80,000 months pregnant in the dog-days of summer sucked. If you'd asked me then, I would have claimed there was no way it could be less comfortable to have a baby during the dead of winter -- but then a few years later, I had my second son in February.

Now if you asked me which was worse, I'd say ... well, first I'd say what does it matter, when the joyous miracle of childbirth so thoroughly surpasses all creature comforts?

And then I'd say HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA YEAH RIGHT. I'm pretty sure every season is the worst when you're Shamu-sized and can't even lie down for half a second without being plagued by restless leg syndrome and acid reflux. Maybe spring is actually the very most difficult time, because while the world may be celebrating renewal with adorable baby lambs and unfurling flowers, you're already-congested snout is flatlined by allergies.

In my somewhat limited experience, though, the heat of summer and the cold of winter are sort of a tie in terms of pregnancy discomfort. Let's run down the suckitudes:

SUMMER:

• It's hot.
• Maternity swimsuits are straight-up depressing.
• Every single maternity shirt has a giant stupid bow on the back and it digs into your sweaty flesh whenever you sit down.
• Did I mention how hot it is?
• Daily medicinal applications of ice cream are critically necessary to survival, which is great until you give birth and you realize how much of the weight was NOT associated with the actual baby.
• One word: cankles.
• So thirsty. So much peeing.
• Another word: chafing.
• JESUS CHRIST IT'S SO HOT.

WINTER:

• It's dry.
• Maternity jeans are straight-up depressing.
• Wearing a thick coat makes you look like Violet Beauregarde after she turns into a giant blueberry.
• Slippery ice is scary as hell.
• All those clothing layers give you skin tags.
• Two words: maternity tights.
• Colds last FOREVER and you can't take any drugs that actually help.
• Daily medicinal applications of warm cookies fresh from the oven are critically necessary to survival, which is great until you give birth and you realize etc. etc. etc.
• Cabin fever is way worse when you're the size of an actual cabin.

On the plus sides, flip-flops are awesome in the summer, and having a built-in heater is handy in the winter. But really, by the time you're in the final stretch of pregnancy, everything's a little rocky, no matter what time of year it might happen to be. The good news is that the end is in sight, and babies -- despite the myriad ass-pains they cause once they're on the outside of your body -- really are worth all the hassle.

Which do you think is harder for when you're super pregnant and ready to pop: summer or winter?


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maternity clothes, pregnancy health

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Melis... Melissa1508

Haha, Linda you're so funny!  I had my first baby in January, but we had an unseasonably warm winter that year, so it really wasn't too bad.  I went to the hospital in a long sleeve shirt and jeans and no coat...which is something, because I'm perpetually cold.  I had my second in May and it was hot as balls here last year, so I would say giving birth in summer, or near it, is way worse.

kckcm2 kckcm2

Having experienced both, I have to say summer was much much much worse for me

SueMN... SueMNanaMama

Summer was much much worse, and that kid was actually born in May!  The only summer baby I had was born in San Francisco, which meant it was pretty much still winter there.  My February baby was the easiest by far, though.

mommy... mommythree0508

I had my oldest in January and twins in December. I'll take being that far along at that time in Louisiana over being that far along in the summer in Louisiana any time.

Judy Easley

Agreed, summer is much worse.  I had two in August (apparently I don't learn lessons well) and one in February.  Having your belly stick out of your winter coat is much better than having your feet so swollen you can't get your flip-flops on.

nonmember avatar Molly

Both of mine were summer babies. When my first was born in early September (in South Carolina so it was still hotter than Hades), I vowed to make sure that when I had a second child it would be a fall baby. So much for that because my second was a July baby :)

Momof... Momof8kiddies

I've had babies in every season & I have to say that summer is the hardest to be pregnant in... I've gone through a few first trimester morning sickness in the summer & the heat & humidity makes it much worse... I've also had a few third trimesters in the summer & it's kind of hard to get comfortable... I'm currently 34 weeks pregnant & spend most of my time swimming with the kids... The pool is my saving grace!!!

Count... CountJackula

I had an August baby and it was MISERABLE!! I had about 20lbs of water weight and it was like 90 degrees everyday. We are going to try to have a spring baby next time.

caleb... calebsmama12312

I had my l.o in january and I would much rather being that size in the cold I would think. I cannot imagine how uncomfortable it must be in your last trimester in summer humidity and heat.

MrsRo... MrsRoberts413

I'm due in February, and honestly, I think I would much rather be 3rd trimester in winter instead of blazing hot summer.  The only thing I'm worried about is the ice!  My uncle owns a fishing shop, he's threatened to give me some ice-fishing cleats to strap on to my shoes lol

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