I have been pregnant the last TWO summers in Arizona so naturally, I am going to consider myself an expert on the subject. Being pregnant can be ROUGH. A summer pregnancy in Arizona is TORTURE!
Here are a few tips that can hopefully help you get through these tough couple of months.
1. DO NOT GO OUTSIDE
So I’m joking on this one….but not really. In Arizona, it can be as hot as 120 degrees. NO ONE wants to go outside but for obvious reasons, we have to. My advice to you is, stay inside as much as possible and only face the heat for the car walk.
During my first summer pregnancy, I was really ambitious. I would check the temperature in the morning and see it was only 90 degrees so I could take my dog for a walk! WRONG. It was still insanely hot and miserable for us both. Just know that fall will be around the corner and you can walk outside as much as you want! If you are lucky, you will have a newborn to cruise around the neighborhood with which is really so much fun in those first couple weeks after the baby is born.
2. Find a body of water and go in it!
Even though Arizona summers can be TORTURE, the beauty is, you may have or know someone who has a pool. Swimming is known to be a great work out and recommended when you are pregnant. Not to mention, it is basically the only thing that will cool you down in the middle of the summer. So take advantage of the one summer activity you can do outside and go swimming.
Also, don’t stress about the swimsuit situation. Remember you are pregnant! You will have MANY summers to work towards that beach body but now, just enjoy feeling weightless for a while.
3. Compression Socks
During my first pregnancy, my feet were HUGE. I couldn’t believe that my feet tripled in size. I didn’t have any shoes that fit or were comfortable. I didn’t know what to do!
Thankfully, I had some friends that recommended wearing compression socks when I was home. Now, I am not a doctor so I cannot tell you all the benefits from wearing them. (There is Google for that!) But they do help blood circulation. All I know is if your feet look five times the size they normally do, you will want to invest in some compression socks.
I would pair this with laying down and sticking a pillow underneath your feet. Netflix is also recommended when you do this.
4. Invest in a portable fan
If you do have to go outside in the summer for more than 2 minutes, this will be helpful. I kept one in my purse last summer and I used it multiple times. I went to a lunch that ended up being on the patio and this fan was the only thing that kept me going.
Also, Evian sells a facial spray that is heaven during the summer months. You can get it at Sephora. It’s literally just water in a can and I didn’t know how much I really needed this.
5. Take advantage of friends and family
You are days, weeks or months away from bringing a little human in the world. Now is the time to relax! If there is a chore you need to do, have your husband do it! If there is a dinner that you can’t cook, see if a friend will!
I’m sure the people closest to you will understand that you need a little help. Especially because summer pregnancies can be tough! Ask for help! If they are good to you, they will help!!
Just remember that you are not alone. I mean it when I say, summer pregnancies can be rough but you will make it through and you will always have next summers to sip margaritas in the pool!