Being pregnant can be tough and even more so when the sun is shining and the temperature is soaring.
 
Thankfully, there are things you can do to stay cool and still enjoy the nice weather.
 
Stay hydrated
It is important you stay hydrated during the summer and drink plenty of fluids like water or juice. Fruits like cucumbers and watermelons are also good at keeping you hydrated as they have a high water content.
 
Sit in the shade
While you may have been a sun worshipper prior to getting pregnant, it is important you avoid the sun at high times as your skin will be a little more sensitive to UV rays. Avoid heading out when the sun it at its hottest between 11am and 3pm.
 
Cover up
When you do venture out, make sure you wear a wide brimmed hat to keep the sun off your head. Not only will it prevent you from getting a headache but keeping the sun off you will help you to stay a little cooler.
 
Have a shower
If it is exceptionally warm outside or you are heading abroad, jump in the shower when it gets too hot. Run the cold water over your body to instantly cool down.
 
Go swimming
Not only is swimming a great form of exercise when you are pregnant, it is also great for keeping you cool when it gets too hot out there. If swimming is not an option, fill a basin up with cold water and soak your feet, you will instantly feel refreshed.
 
Clothing
Make sure you invest in some loose fitting maternity wear for the summer. Items like maxi dresses, loose Bohemian style skirts, shorts and linen trousers are great for keeping you cool. Try to avoid wearing anything too tight around the stomach.
 
Close the curtains
If the sun shines directly into your home close the curtains in the room that gets the hottest. This will stop the sun shining directly through the window and keep the room cool.
 
Open the windows
Whether you are in the house or driving in the car, keep your windows open. Allowing the air to circulate will keep the temperature down and you will feel a lot fresher. 

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