14 tips to enjoy your summer pregnancy without moving to Alaska

Summer Pregnancy TipsA summer pregnancy can be a real challenge for moms-to-be, especially in the heat of the desert southwest.  Staying cool, entertaining the other little ones, preparing for new baby…it’s all much more challenging when the mercury rises into the triple digits.

Our top 14 summer pregnancy tips

These summer pregnancy tips, tricks, and simple pleasures will help you counter all that Mother Nature throws at you this summer so that you can enjoy your summer pregnancy without making the move to Alaska!

Shaved Ice

Shaved ice just might be the best thing since sliced bread and fortunately, for those of us brave enough to live in the desert, there are plenty of delicious options around town to choose from.  Purple Penguin, Sno Shack, Frost Bite, Hawaiian…what is your favorite?

Misters

Misting fans are a cheap and effective way of cooling off while on the run. Check out this one.

Cold Packs

Cold packs in various shapes and sizes can be used to lower core temp just enough to feel comfortable.  Great for the lower back or around the neck.

Sundresses

Sundresses make you look and feel cool! Your inner fashionista doesn’t have to take a back seat just because you’re pregnant!

Hydrate

Stay hydrated with a twist…like lemon, lime, or add a slice of cucumber with a pinch of fresh herbs for a refreshing twist on that oh-so-important water.  Increasing your water intake can actually help to prevent edema and bloating. There are so many delicious options!  Check out this recipe.

Stay-cations

Plan a stay-cation to pamper yourself for a weekend or even just an overnight.  It can recharge your batteries and give you that break you need.

Higher Ground

Head for the mountains.  Temps drop as you climb.  The mountains of southern California or southern Utah are the perfect escape from the summer heat of Las Vegas and can feel like a million miles away.

Summer-Do

Get that summer cut – a new haircut, particularly one that’s lower maintenance, will free up more time for you to focus on the other comforts needed for a summer pregnancy.

Take the Plunge

Hit to pool often.  A crisp dunk can refresh your bump and your mind. Plus, swimming is a great pregnancy workout, it is very low impact and offers you a break from carrying that baby bump around since the water partially supports the weight and decreases the burden on your spine and limbs.

Office Nesting

Take those creature comforts from home into the office.  A fan, a few cold packs, a foot stool, even a few bottles of water.  It all helps with your comfort level.

Go virgin!

Sounds strange given your current state but you will certainly end up at a friend’s house for a BBQ and while everyone is enjoying a Mai Tai or Pina Colada there’s no reason you can do the same without the alcohol.  Just go virgin!

Be the Early Bird

Do the outdoor stuff in the morning before temps soar.  Then find your fan and cool place to spot up for the heat of the day.

Change of Scene

Your house, no matter how amazing it is, will start to feel like it’s closing in on you.  Hit the Galaxy Theater for a matinee in a comfy leather recliner.

Hands On

Cool down & relax inside, with a massage.  They feel great whether you’re pregnant or not and they help expectant mother’s reduce swelling. Studies have also shown that prenatal massage can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pain, and can improve labor outcomes and overall newborn health. Not all spas will massage pregnant women, but don’t worry Belly Bliss has you covered.

How did you manage your summer pregnancy?