6 Tips for Staying Cool & Reducing Swelling During a Summer Pregnancy!
The Summer heat can be tough when you're pregnant! Here are my favorite tips for staying cool & keeping those swollen feet comfy during the summer!
1. Frozen Washcloths
I've been doing this easy trick to stay cool for years! Take a clean washcloth and dampen it under the faucet (make sure it's damp, not wet). If you like, add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil for added relaxation. Stick it in the freezer for 20 minutes, and then enjoy the cooling effect by putting it on your forehead or the back of your neck!
2. Walk the mall
We all know that walking is a great way to stay active during pregnancy, but it can be tough when it's scorching outside! Walking around your local mall is a great, free way to take advantage of the air conditioning while staying active!
3. Make a Face Mister
Find a small spray bottle (I used one from an old face toner that I used up!) and fill it with water and a few drops of lavender oil. Throw it in your purse, and use as-needed as a luxurious face mist for immediate relief!
4. Stay hydrated!
Hydration is so important during pregnancy, and can be extra difficult to maintain during those hot summer months! I find that I'm way more likely to drink water if I make it yummy - try adding a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or mint leaves! Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.
5. Float in the pool
Find a local pool and float your heart out! Floating in water during pregnancy can be extremely comfortable because it relieves some of the pressure of that growing belly! It is also a great way to stay cool.
6. Elevate those feet
To reduce swelling, elevate your feet above your heart throughout the day, whenever you can. You can also try an ice bath for your feet, and throw in some epsom salts for good measure!
Stay cool, and enjoy these summer months of pregnancy! Sending you all love & peace,
Claire Baker Madison Doula