In addition to having to forego a glass of Whispering Angel or the obligatory summer Aperol Spritz, being pregnant in the summer can be a challenge in other, often unexpected, ways. But, it’s not all bad, not even a little bit.
One con: it’s slightly less acceptable to lounge around in sweats in front of Netflix for hours on end but the pros are infinitely more enjoyable: you can sleep on the beach/ in the park/ on the roof without raising any eyebrows, you can take a sunny babymoon, you can throw on a dress and slide on sandals which eliminates the ten-minute exercise of tying your laces.
Regardless, we’ve rounded up the best tips for surviving a summer when you’re expecting and how you can make the most of it.
After a while, water can get boring and juice can get sickly. Opting for mocktails with a tonne of ice keeps you cool and also prevents a sugar hangover the next day. Seedlip is the brand behind the world’s first non-alcoholic spirits. You can buy a bottle for about £20 for mocktails at home and more and more restaurants and pubs are stocking it behind the bar so you won’t be stuck when you’re out.
When drinking and barbecuing, people can get pretty relaxed about the food they’re preparing. Hot dogs and other deli meats are staples at barbecues but should be avoided when you’re expecting. To avoid any tricky situations make sure all meat is piping hot at the time of eating, summer salad dressings (or creamy meals like potato salad) are served straight from the fridge and all lettuce and vegetables are washed. If you need a good vegetable wash mixing one-part white vinegar and three parts chilled water is a simple one to make at home and takes care of any nasties.
While you should always cover your skin in an SPF and light clothing, this becomes especially essential for expecting mums. To avoid dehydration, risk of fainting or overheating, keep a water bottle on you at all times (especially on the train) as well as a hat and light layers. Additionally, taking a small spritz bottle of rosewater (that you store in the fridge) will refresh you when you’re away from home.
Some exercises will be off-limits when you’re expecting but to avoid feeling cooped up (or not like yourself) gentle exercises are a good way to keep fit, stay sane, and stay mindful. Practicing yoga, swimming, or taking walks are exercises that allow you to go at a pace that suits you and can be social enough to retain a sense of community and not like you’re being excluded from your normal activities.
While at risk of becoming a buzzword, self-care is just as important an exercise as physical exercise. If you’re someone who struggles to prioritise time for yourself, it can be helpful to remember that keeping calm and relaxed during pregnancy is just as important for your baby as it is for you. Indulge in a facial or massage or take yourself to a quiet beach and sleep to the sound of the waves.
Words by Hannah Finnigan-Walsh
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