Summers in the South are just plain hot. Between the stifling humidity and triple digit daytime temps, being pregnant during an Atlanta summer can be miserable. Take the edge off and keep your cool despite that growing belly. Here's how!
Get blender happy
Be creative with your blender. Sipping icy beverages helps cool your core and stay comfortable during the summer. Start by filling the blender carafe half full with frozen fruit, then top it off with pure fruit juice or almond milk for extra protein. Split the batch in two to share with a friend, or store the leftovers in the fridge for later.
Try these nutritious combos:
- Tropical delight: frozen pineapple, mandarin oranges and banana topped with almond milk
- Strawberry mockarita: frozen strawberries and apple juice served with a sugar-rimmed glass
- Chocolate-covered banana: frozen bananas and chocolate-flavored almond milk
- Atlanta perfect peach: frozen peaches and white grape juice
Seek out the AC
If your home doesn't have central air conditioning, or the cooling system simply isn't enough to reduce your pregnancy hot flashes, seek out a comfortable place to chill. Head to a coffee shop for the afternoon and read a book while you soak in the cool air. Or, take the laptop to a local library and get caught up on work. Shopping malls, department stores and book stores are also great public hangouts to beat the heat.
If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, slip into a cute swimsuit and flaunt that baby belly at the local swimming pool. Think wading and floating in a shaded area, not diving and lap swimming, to reduce the pressure on your belly. As a bonus, the water makes you buoyant, relieving pressure from your sore knees and ankles. According to the Mayo Clinic, swimming during pregnancy is an excellent aerobic exercise that puts minimal stress on lower joints. If there's no pool nearby, soak in the bathtub filled with room-temperature water.
Not sure what's safe to do during your pregnancy? Talk with an Atlanta-based gynecologist for more cool-down tips that are safe for moms-to-be.