England has decided that it actually likes summer so… because it is June, we are in a heatwave, therefore, I am Pregnant and…Melting
I wish I was this goddess in the feature image, on the beach, embracing the bump in the sunshine, however, I am a sweaty, massive, disgusting mess. I am also a traditional Brit, if it’s raining… I moan, too cold…I moan but this heat when 36 weeks pregnant is the next level. I promise I won’t moan about the cold, ever again (at least until winter!).
I don’t ever remember being this hot! and the worst part about pregnancy is that you already run warmer anyway and this combination makes you unnecessarily cranky and unbearably angry.
As well as this, at 36 weeks I am a bit of a heifer, waddling (or struggling to) around so I can’t move fast enough to create my own breeze or at least escape the sun very easily and as much as I am trying to stay indoors, there are things to be done and the school run in particular! Because of all this I am in a perpetual state of sweating and melting (eww), plus with soaring temperatures and no air conditioning (like most of the domestic UK!) I am really struggling to keep cool and avoid from turning into a crisp! Here’s the tactics I have been using so far:
5 Ways I Am Keeping Cool When Pregnant:
1.Plenty of showers
Lukewarm showers have become my best friend and I make sure to have one right before bed to help me get at least an hour or so of decent sleep. I also find that they make me feel clean and refreshed by getting rid of the scum of the day too, did anyone say underboob sweat?! I have also started having them in the middle of the day when it gets the hottest if I am struggling to cool down.
2. Frozen Tea Towels
These are my current favourite and the concept would probably work with a flannel too but it takes the cool comfort to the next level! I run a tea towel under the tap, ring it out so that it no longer drips, fold it in half and leave in the freezer. I have a couple of these on the go at the moment and they are amazing for midnight cooldowns or placing on the back of your neck during the day!
3. Hair Ties
I have very thick hair, which normally I don’t complain about. However, it just gets sticky and disgusting in this weather so I have been tying it up out of my face and aiming to have it high off my neck. My favourite hair choices are french plaits, buns and high ponytails because they all do the trick and are fairly simple to implement.
4. More Ice
You may remember my main pica craving has been for ice (read about other weird pregnancy cravings here) but that seems to have been a good thing with the current temperatures so this is not a complaint. If you don’t fancy crunching, ice cubes in the drink, wrapped in a tea towel or just placed on the forehead also work!
Oh yes, it might not be pretty to have my naked whale body out and about but when I am home, I am embracing my nude side! Fewer clothes means less heat and I will take all the help I can get!
What else can I do to keep cool in the last trimester so that I am not pregnant and melting?? Let me know in the comments!
This post is part of my mini ongoing pregnant series “Pregnant and…” Check out the other posts by clicking on the picture: