Being pregnant throughout the summer months isn’t always easy. With the heat and humidity (and often sore swollen feet), it can feel like there’s no end in sight.
But there is plenty to shout about too! From comfy clothes and shoes, to refreshing summer mocktails… here’s to summer lovin’…
1. Super-comfy maxi-dresses
When it’s hot and you’re pregnant, the less restrictive your clothes are, the better. That’s why the maxi dress is a must-have item for mamas-to-be in summer. And the great news is there are a number of gorgeous styles that will perfectly accommodate your growing baby, without the need for expensive maternity-wear. While floaty ones will leave you feeling wonderfully cool and covered, stretchy body cons are great for showing off your bump – and they’re super-comfy too!
2. Fabulous footwear
Having a summer pregnancy is great news for feet. Yes really! They may be a little swollen if the temperatures are climbing, but you won’t have to squeeze them into restrictive winter shoes. And what a great excuse to go shopping! From pretty bejewelled styles to cushioned sporty-types – sandals are a pregnant girl’s best friend. Just make sure they offer support if you’re wearing them all day to minimise aches and pains.
3. Vitamin D in abundance
With all that extra sunshine around (we hope!) you can top up on essential vitamin D, which is needed to keep bones, muscles, and teeth healthy. Although found in some food sources (oily fish, red meat, eggs) you can’t get all you need from food alone, which is why many mums-to-be take a supplement during autumn and winter. In summer, you can get it naturally by sitting outside in the sunshine. Oh, what a chore! Just be careful not to bask for too long – and make sure you regularly top up your sun cream. Vitamin D-vine.
4. Way to five-a-day!
Notice how much cheaper strawberries, blueberries and their home-grown buddies are in the summer? And they taste so much sweeter too! That’s because they’re in season, so they don’t cost as much to produce or import. Eating lots of fresh fruit and veg in pregnancy is really important – and easy to achieve when they taste so yummy. If you’re feeling particularly green-fingered you could even look into growing your own – which will be handy for later on when weaning your baby too!
5. Holiday time!
There’s no better time to plan a holiday than when you’re expecting and need some time to unwind. Whether it’s a short break at the seaside or a staycation in your own back garden, taking some time out to spend with family or friends could be just what the midwife ordered. And if you already have a little one – you can get a much-needed break!
6. Refreshing mocktails!
Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t sip on cocktails in the sunshine! There are some delicious alcohol-free mocktails that are perfect for hot weather and packed with fruit and loaded with nutrients. Sparkling water makes a great cocktail base, so if you like your virgin tipple with fizz, it’s a great way to up your daily water intake. Mocktail-tastic!
7. The weather for walking…
When the sun is shining, nothing beats a walk in the great outdoors – and there are many health benefits for mums-to-be too. As well as great physical exercise, walking is known to reduce stress, and is said to relieve morning sickness and can ease aches and pains too – and it also helps tone up the hip muscles which can encourage an easier delivery. Whether you fancy a gentle stroll or a power walk, grab some water to keep hydrated – and don’t forget the sunscreen!
8. Getting to know your baby in the great outdoors
If you’re due to give birth in the summer, then meeting your baby is the best thing ever about the season. Then once he’s here and your maternity leave starts, you’ll have sunny days and summer evenings to really get to know each other. And while baby can chill in the shade – you can bloom in the sun and marvel at your little treasure.