How To Survive Summer When You Are Pregnant

April 8, 2015


I have always loved summer and it is my most anticipated time of the year! Planning for the next beach destination, shopping for bikinis, and going all out summer fun is indeed what I am excited about.

What I didn't expect is that I wouldn't be able to do these things once I got pregnant and on to my second trimester. 

Why?

Because,
  1. I cannot stand being too far away from the toilet even for an hour.
  2. Nausea and dizzy spells hits me everyday at around 9am - 12pm.  But I don't vomit
  3. I have to look after my low placenta. Meaning, I have to make sure it goes up rather than staying low.
  4. I cannot stand being in direct sunlight even for a few seconds. It will fry me and my baby to death! They say that the body heat temperature doubles when you're pregnant. Well, I think that is a lie, I think it triples! It is seriously hot in Manila right now!
  5. No one will go with me. Because suddenly, everyone thinks I'm so fragile.
So, with no beaches to go to, I have no choice but to stay in the city and to deal with my sweaty pregnant self all alone. Goodbye, beaches! Goodbye, bikinis! Goodbye, Summer!

But then again, I am not giving up! So, I round up a few things I was able to do (and still doing them) to help myself get relief from the intense summer heat.

Here goes,


1. Go shopping! Spend time going around the mall shopping for your little one, or just hang-out at the food court and let your skin enjoy the air-condition.

Here's me going around 
The Baby Company in SM Fairview branch


2. Eat your favorite summer treat! My list for this is endless! Halo-Halo, Ice cream, Snow Cone, Ice Cube, Fruit Shake, Ice Candy, Iced Jelly, Ice Scramble, Frozen Yogurt, and so on.

Nomnomnom! All for me!


3. Go swimming! Swimming is actually safe and a good exercise when you're pregnant and if your OBGYN allowed you to do so. Luckily, my family decided to rent out a private pool for a night swimming where I enjoyed barbecues, chips, karaoke, and imitating a dog swimming around with my growing belly.

Another me, ready to dip in the pool 
with my 6 months belly.



4. Stay hydrated. I cannot further exaggerate how important this is. You have to drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day to avoid heat stroke and dizziness. If you're going out, make sure you carry a water bottle with you. This will surely help you a lot.

5. Take frequent showers or half-baths. You don't necessarily have to scrub yourself every time you go cleaning yourself. Sometimes, all you need to do is to splash around the tub for a few minutes to cool down. Make sure you maintain your balance to avoid the slippery floor.

6. An ice pack or a cold towel beside your bed. I am not sure if anyone does this but I surely am a fan of this. I always make sure that I have a few ice cubes with a hand towel near my bed so whenever I feel hot at night I will just wipe the cold towel to my body or to my face.

With all of the tips mentioned above, I am able survive the summer heat. Now, I just can't wait for the rainy season. I sure hope my baby is feeling cool inside my tummy.

Care to share your summer survival tips, rookie mom?

Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - I'm 24 and Pregnant

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