8 ways to keep cool during pregnancy

As the weather heats up, so does your bump. Try these tips to keep you and your tum chilled this summer...

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  • Keep hydrated

    “It’s really important to keep yourself topped up with water,” says Mary Steen-Greaves, midwife for the Pampers Village Parenting Panel. “Go for two to three litres a day, and drink little and often to stop yourself getting dehydrated.” Dislike water? Try sugar-free squash, but avoid fizzy drinks as they can give you heartburn.

  • Stay shady

    Keep out of the sun between 10am and 4pm, as this is when it’s at its hottest. “Listen to your body as you’ll know when you’re feeling the heat the most,” says Mary. “Wear a sun hat with a wide brim to shade your face and head. Investing in a mini fan to get a breeze on your face will make the world of difference.”

  • Choose cotton

    Go for loose-fitting clothes. Cotton or linen will keep you cool, and a properly fitted maternity bra will stop sweating between your boobs.

  • Slather lotion

    Changes in your hormone levels can make your skin super-sensitive, so you may find you tan much more easily. Sun lotions are safe to use during pregnancy, choose one with a SPF of 30 or more and apply it regularly. “Small doses of sun are good to boost your vitamin D levels, but have it in moderation and always wear sunscreen if you’re out and about,” advises Mary.

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  • Have a cool commute

    “When I was pregnant last summer, I’d get quite hot and feel faint during my commute,” says Anna Hargreaves, 34, from London, mum to 2-year-old Isla, and Niamh, 8 weeks. “So I made sure I didn’t rush and waited for a less busy train to arrive before getting on. I always carried a cold bottle of water, and even if I didn’t drink it, I’d hold it against my face or wrists to cool me down.”

  • Go for a dip

    Swimming is a fantastic way to keep cool and fit during your nine months. Stay out of the Jacuzzi and hot tub though, as it’ll raise the temperature inside and outside your womb. There’s also the worry of fainting if you do overheat, so stay clear of saunas, too.

  • Give your feet a treat

    "Flip-flops are great if your feet are feeling hot, while popping your tootsies in a bowl of cold water when you’re watching TV can work wonders,” suggests Mary. “A foot and leg massage will relax hot pins. Choose a pregnancy-safe, cooling peppermint lotion.”

  • Sleep soundly

    Keep a window open at night so air can circulate around the room, and choose cotton sheets so you don’t overheat. Have a handy glass of water by your bed, too.

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  • 5 signs you’re overheating

    1. You start to feel all wobbly and dizzy.

    2. A headache comes on and refuses to go away.

    3. Even the simplest tasks get you feeling confused.

    4. You start to sweat more than normal.

    5. You experience nausea or vomiting that’s different to your normal morning sickness.

    If you start to suffer these symptoms, get yourself into the shade and have a glass of water, sipping it slowly. If the feeling persists once you’re out of the sun and well hydrated, see your midwife for advice.