Summer Pregnancy Survival In Spain

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So we obviously didn’t plan this pregnancy very well. Entering the third trimester in August and the beginning of a heat wave is borderline insanity! The outdoor temperature has hit well above 40° c and inside hovers around 28°, more upstairs under the cement roof tiles! I normally relish this kind of weather but now I’m begging for it to end! I want Autumn, cardigans, duvets and log fires. I’m hot and crabby, tired and Soooooo uncomfortable! Not that I’m moaning! I actually love being pregnant, I just remember it being easier during the winter! So here are 5 of my top summer pregnancy survival tips and tricks.

Iced Water Bottles

These are my saviour. We have a strict rotation system (small freezer) in place so there’s always one on hand. I literally walk around hugging them until they melt, then drink, refill and repeat! They say you should drink at least 2.5 liters a day when you’re pregnant, not sure I could manage that in winter but in this heat it’s a doddle!

Ice Cream!

I’ve become ‘that’ girl. Tub and spoon, no need to waste time with a bowl or anything as civilized as a cone! Favorite flavor changes daily, which is about as long as a tub lasts. It’s nothing short of a miracle I passed my glucose test!

※Cold Showers

This is an obvious one but it really does help to take your body temputure down. On the worst days I’ll hop into a cold shower 4 or 5 times, always ending with a burst of ICE COLD water.

Air Conditioning, with the added bonus of Shopping!

Another thing I have learned to love this summer is air conditioning! Usually, I bemoan it, it’s icy, fake chill is headache inducing but I’ve spent this summer seeking it out! Shopping malls, cinemas, supermarkets and even the car ride to these places. If it’s air-conditioned I’ll go!

Feet Up!

This one is a must for summer pregnancy survival. More than a couple of hours on my feet at any one time and the dreaded swelling starts to appear, swiftly followed by the aches and pains, therefore for this summer at least, you’ll find me on my bed feet up from about 6 pm onwards!

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