When you are pregnant, it is a common symptom to feel hot and this combined with the extra pregnancy weight can make you feel very uncomfortable. Extra body heat is a combination of many factors, not least the fact that your body has an increased volume of blood and to accomodate this your blood vessels will dilate slightly allowing more blood to come to the surface, making you feel a little bit toastier than normal. The end result is that you can often feel sweaty, have hot flushes and overall feel somewhat uncomfortable. One of the worst times to feel this hot and sticky is at night time, as this can really impact on comfort levels and in turn effect how much sleep you are able to get.
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Here's 5 top tips on how to stay cool and comfy whlist your internal thermostat stays set to high:
1. Keep drinking water
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You'll likely be sweating more during your pregnancy, especially if your pregnancy falls in the Summer season. It's essential that you therefore step up your water intake to ensure that you don't get dehydrated.
2. Invest in some decent PJ's Your body will be changing week after week during pregnancy, and it's likely that your old PJ's are just not up to the task of keeping you comfortable and supporting you whilst pregnant. Make an early investment in some maternity nightwear that will keep you cool and comfortable and also support your body changes at the same time. We love the range by Snug Jugs, that look fab and funky enough to wear outside of the bedroom, yet also feature a special support bodice to accomodate your blossoming bosom. Better still, they also include a nursing drop down clip for breastfeeding after you've brought your new baby home with you. Check out the full range here, for beautiful sleepwear that will support your expanding bust whilst pregnant, and carry on supporting you as a nursing mum.
3. Get your feet up If ever there was a time to give your feet a rest it is whilst you are pregnant. When you get a free moment to sit down, try to elevate your feet as well. Not only will this feel more comfortable, but this can also alleviate swollen ankles and feet, which is a common pregnancy symptom particularly when hot. Lots of women also find wearing flat shoes (rather than heels), is also more comfortable during pregnancy.
4. Fan If you live in hot climates, or are pregnant during the Summer, then a fan might just become your best friend. A handy hint for evening heat, is to keep a fan near your bedside, and also a spray bottle filled with cool or iced water. Whenever the heat gets unbearable, give yourself a light spritz with the water spray and then the breeze of the fan combined with the water will cool you down in no time.
5. Keep it natural If your body is feeling hot, then make sure you stick to clothing made of natural fibres that will allow your skin to breathe. If you've been putting off buying maternity clothes and are bearing with your old clothes, hoping they'll stretch out, your body might be feeling a little trapped and uncomfortable. Make an investment in a couple of items that will fit loosely around your expanding tummy and allow you to breathe easily. There's nothing worse when pregnant than a waistband cutting into your tummy, or feeling like you're squeezed into clothing that doesn't allow you to breathe properly. By wearing lose fitting clothing, you'll also prevent nasty sweat rashes.
What tips do you have for staying cool and comfy when pregnant?