Ah, summer: backyard barbecues, beach vacations, fresh lemonade and…a baby the size of a watermelon sitting on your bladder all day? While this time of year can invoke a breezy sense of freedom, being pregnant in the summer (especially if you’re in the third trimester) can also be challenging, to say the least.
Pregnancy comes with a kaleidoscope of symptoms, and the heat can make many of them extra difficult. Luckily, there are tried-and-true remedies for some side effects that are especially tough during the warmer months. If you’re experiencing increased fatigue combined with insanely high humidity levels, take advantage of those more relaxed summer work hours and push up your bedtime. For bouts of nausea mixed with ultra-hot temps, citrus fruits can help (especially when frozen).
Best of all, don’t forget that there are several reasons to love summer pregnancies. That flowy, comfortable maxi dress hiding in the back of your closet? You get an all-access pass to wear it around-the-clock. On your way to doctor appointments? No need to invest in a maternity winter coat or step gingerly on icy sidewalks. Making sure to stay active and hydrated? Say “yes, please” to a dip in the pool and refreshing summer mocktail alongside your daily dose of water.
Carrot Orange Margarita
2 ounces carrot juice
2 ounces orange juice
1 ounce lime juice
1. Combine all ingredients and serve over ice in a salt-rimmed glass.