So summer is here!!! We in Southern Cal love our summers. They remind us of why we are Californians!! Ha! Anyway, the heat and humidity can be difficult for pregnant and lactating mommies. There are a million ways to make yourself more comfortable! Here are a few……………
- Drink lots of cold water. I drink water in quart sized containers so it is easy to keep a tally of how much I am drinking. In pregnancy and breastfeeding it is very important to hydrate. It affects everything especially how you feel! If it is difficult for you to down plain water add lemon juice, mint, or a vitamin supplement with a bit of flavor. Do whatever it takes to make water palatable for yourself. You will be glad you did.
- Find cool places to enjoy. My pediatrician told me to take long walks in air conditioned malls. (leave your credit cards at home if needed) . Find an air conditioned restaurant you enjoy where you can sit at your table as long as you wish. example: Sizzlers, Souplantation, fast food restaurants, etc. Find a shady place outside, if it can be comfortable for you. Go to the $2 movie theater. The library is usually open! Participate in the summer reading program and enjoy the cool air!
- Keep cold things you like in your freezer. Popsicles, juice bars, frozen fruit for smoothies, ice cubes with fruit in them, etc. The things you choose will be individual to you. Don’t be embarrassed. If what you like is a little crazy don’t tell any one! Ha! The goal is to keep you comfortably cool.
- Invest in a kiddy pool. Yes, sitting outside with the hose running over you in a small pool is very comfortable. The kids will run in and out having a ball and you will feel so much better. You want to be sure to drain the pool between uses for safety issues. Get a small one so this is not difficult for you.
- Wear 100% Cotton. Cotton clothing breaths, it is absorbent and so comfortable. Use 100% cotton T-shirts for PJS. Loose fitting cotton pajama bottoms are purchasable almost anywhere. They make life so much easier. While at home you can be easy on yourself, have some cute things to go out in, but be comfortable at home. Do the same for your little ones. Due to fire retardant issues pajamas can not legally be made out of only cotton. So be creative! Long Johns are 100 % cotton so I use them as PJs for my little ones. Because they are active sleepers I like to have something covering them incase they wiggle out from under the covers.
- CALDESENE medicated powder. It is a wonderful addition to your baby items. Use lightly on chaffed or irritated skin, diaper rash, or jock itch. Every member of the family can benefit.
I WILL ADD MORE IDEAS AS THEY ARISE. IF YOU HAVE ANY PLEASE CONTRIBUTE!!!