I was speaking with my friend Jordana last night at my rooftop BBQ and she looks amazing for being 6 ½ months pregnant…my only question was, “HOW are you surviving this heat??” It was 84 degrees in New York City yesterday, no humidity and pure sunshine on the roof deck where we had a BBQ. Here were some of the tips she gave me on how to stay cool in the summer…I added a few of my personal tips for you too!
Tips for a Cool Summer during Pregnancy:
- Ice! Put it in drinks, chew on it or wrap it in a flannel and use it as a cold compress. Soaking your feet in a bowl of iced water can help soothe sore and swollen feet to no end.
- Do outdoor tasks in the morning or evening when the sun is lower and temperatures are cooler.
- When temperatures exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, stay indoors in the shade near a fan or air conditioner.
- Wear light-colored clothing.
- Carry a fan! – whether you go for a battery operated or classic hand-powered variety, having a fan on hand can really help to keep you cool when the temperature is rising. If you work on a computer, mini fans that plug into USB ports are now available and these are fantastic for keeping you feeling fresh if you’re office doesn’t have air conditioning.
- Light and airy fabrics. Summer dresses are best for taking advantage of breezes and staying cool. Turn to thin, breathable fabrics and enjoy long flowing dresses that also serve to camouflage swollen ankles.
- Drink plenty of liquids to remain hydrated. Sports drinks with electrolytes can help replace lost salt and retain fluid.
- Sip a cold “mocktail,” like this Pina Colada Smoothie: Combine 6 ounces frozen coconut yogurt, 1/2 a frozen banana, 1/2 of a 20-ounce can of crushed pineapple, and 1 cup milk; blend until smooth.
- Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher 20 minutes before going into sun. Reapply throughout the day.
- Take quick showers frequently to keep cool.
- Put feet up to alleviate swelling.
- Minimize salt intake, which will combat water retention.
- Take frequent naps.
- To help you sleep at night keep your bedroom as cool as possible. If your room gets a lot of sun keep the curtains closed during the day, keep the windows open and invest in a rotating fan to place at the foot of your bed.
- Ask for help if you’re too tired to cook, clean, or run errands.
- Beware of typical barbecue foods, such as potato salad and coleslaw that, when left out in the sun, can sour and cause stomach upset.
- Clear your calendar. If it doesn’t absolutely need to be done now, or by you, don’t do it.