“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.
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.”
Go for loose-fitting clothes. Cotton or linen will keep you cool, and a properly fitted maternity bra will stop sweating between your boobs.
There’s no reason you can’t have sun in moderation
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.
Tube services through St Paul’s Station were moving again after just 20 minutes when a mum-to-be went into labour.
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.”