Too hot or too cold?

Keeping cool in the summer

Keeping cool in the summer

I often hear of mums feeling the heat when they’re pregnant. Australian summers can sometimes be unbearable when trying to control the temperature of your body when you’re pregnant! However, did you know that mums who are pregnant throughout winter can also feel the cold more than the average person?

Having experienced pregnancies in both seasons, I can attest to both. To me, it felt easier to bear the heat in summer as I would often find it was a great reason to go swimming (and keep my fitness up at the same time.) The way I see it is that your body is working so hard to make a baby, it doesn’t have the extra ability to control temperatures. It also seems like your immune system isn’t up to its usual standards as I’ve never had as many colds as I did when I was pregnant.

Here are a few tips for controlling your body temperature.

In winter:

1. Wear lots of layers rather than 1 heavy coat. Our light-weight cardigans are perfect for this.

2. Use a hot water bottle to warm up your bed as it can take ages to get to sleep when your body is working hard to get you to the right temperature

3. Make sure you have a couple pairs of maternity leggings to keep those pins warm. Again, they are something that are easy to take off should you suddenly get too hot.

4. Invest in a warm dressing gown – it will be the best thing you ever bought as you’ll be using it all the time for those night feeds once your baby is born.

In summer

1. Wear maternity clothes in natural, breathable fabrics, such as cotton, viscose, and bamboo. Our maternity/ nursing singlets are the perfect options.

2. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water. Your baby is constantly taking fluids from you so you need to top up all the time. Watermelon is also fantastic – boosts your fluids and the sugar can give you a boost of energy.

3. Swim but go to the beach early or late in the afternoon

4. Have a cold compress handy for days that turn out to be a heatwave

4. When travelling on public transport, try and grab a seat near a window

5. If you simply can’t cool down and don’t have air conditioning, visit a shopping centre! Sounds crazy but it was my favourite place to visit in the summer.

 

 

 

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