It is HOT.
I may have spent much of the first 18 years of my life on a tropical island, but that doesn't take away the fact that I have been gone from that country for the last, well, we'll just say it's been well over 10 years. Haha.
That said, now that we live in Fayetteville, North Carolina, we are getting used to the heat. We were excited to be stationed at Fort Bragg but it is a sweaty place in the summer. Add being pregnant to that and you can multiply the heat times ten.
It isn't just the temperature that makes it hot. It's the humidity! That feeling like you're in a sauna.
Your thighs are sweaty.
Your brow is dripping.
Your hair--that was once perfectly flat-ironed with a side-swept bang--yeah, let's just not even go there.
Add to that a pregnancy in which your body is working overtime 24/7 to grow a baby and well, you're probably thinking:
I just can't.
Yup, I feel ya. I may not be pregnant anymore, but I've been there. Truly.
Here are my top five ways to cool off during a hot, humid, pregnant summer.
1. Ice, ice, and more ice
Ice all the beverages. Iced tea, ice water with lemon or lime (or both!),
or even make your morning coffee iced. I love to pour my morning cuppa over a full tumbler of ice, add some coconut milk creamer (or whatever your fave is), and sip with a straw. Straws just make it more fun. Even better? FROZEN FRUIT. Keep a bag of frozen fruit in your freezer and instead of ice cubes, add that to your water. Infused ice water. Perfection.
2. Cooling sport towels
These towels are so wonderful. Put them around your neck when you're outside for a whole-body cooling effect. Layer one on your back while driving. The sky is the limit with these babies.
3. The mist function on your garden hose nozzle
If you're like me, you love to be outside. Working in my garden is one of my greatest joys. I also have three young boys whose lives are made better by copious amounts of time outdoors. We love to mist each other with the special attachment on our garden hose. Ahhhh.
4. Wear loose fitting clothing with at least 75% cotton
It's no secret that polyester, acrylic, and other man-made fabrics make great looking clothing. However they can be quite hot during the summer time. Go for flowy, comfortable styles made from natural fabrics such as cotton, bamboo, tencel, rayon, linen, or hemp. These fibers are very breathable and that extra air flow can make all the difference.
5. Cook without using the stove or oven
If you're type of person who cooks a lot at home, you know that turning the stove on for 30 minutes can leave you a sweaty mess during the summer time. I love coming up with various things to eat that are healthy and nutritious while also not requiring me to use the stove or oven for more than 5-10 minutes. Your grill is your friend! For ideas on no-stove cooking, check out my Pinterest board.
Stay cool out there, and stay hydrated!
Erin love to write about topics that families are interested in, to help spread awareness throughout the community, and to help her clients and future clients better understand her services. She loves chatting with people about her blogs, so feel free to contact her!