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Crazy/Genius solution ideas for keeping cool

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Eviepoo Sat 04-Jun-11 12:44:43

I know we probably are all suffering from being warm this week, so I'd like to know your genius solutions for keeping cool. The kookier the better, especially ones where your DH/DP thinks you've gone mental grin it might make us all smile.

Mine - I have been suffering from hot groin/upper thigh area and this has made the area very sweaty and not pleasant. Of course maxi dresses are a godsend and attractive and cool over a big bump however, I was still suffering due to the sweaty upper thighs rubbing together (this mainly caused by them getting flabby and chubby due to no exercise since PG - I've just felt too crap with the sickness etc all the way through).
I experimented with:
tights - oh goodness no the sweat was pouring out of me
My DH's boxers - not quite long enough
This morning I had a brainwave what I really needed were bloomers - I cut an old pair of stretchy cotton jersery PJ bottoms into bloomers - result!!! Comfy, loose, none sweaty and no one has to know with my maxi dress on. I feel like a new woman.
Off to the shops for the cheapest cotton jersey pj's I can find and a new maxi dress now smile

theonlyhb2 Sat 04-Jun-11 13:27:55

Loving the bloomers idea!

I keep the bath filled part the way with cold water over night so I can stick my feet in there when they get too hot and my legs get too restless in the night

nannyl Sat 04-Jun-11 13:53:45

i use vaseline on the bit at tops of my legs that rubs when i wear dresses.

relieves it quickly, and if applied at 1st sign of "ouch" (or before) it doesnt actually chaff at all. Keep a mini vaseline tin in my handbag and apply as necessary in the toilet!

lucamom Sat 04-Jun-11 14:33:42

Only 19 weeks at the mo, so not suffering as much as some of you ladies, but my last son was born at the end of August, so I feel your pain!

My husband devised a useful modification to our fan then - standard upright/desk-top fan, with frozen cool blocks (those you take on picnics!) tied to the front. I guess it's a sort of primitive air con unit - works a treat!

That and stock up on the ice lollies (if constipated, freeze smoothies for extra goodness)

silverangel Sat 04-Jun-11 15:26:01

A lady told me on here yesterday about lanacane anti chafing cream - got it and can confirm it works a treatsmile

aethelfleda Sat 04-Jun-11 15:28:38

Feet in paddling pool, pair of shorts (in back garden so no-one can see) and an enormous hazelnut Magnum grin)

Repeat until cool or you run out of Magnums!

rooks14 Sat 04-Jun-11 16:30:35

I'm so bored!!!!!!! This heat is un-bearable to do anything in (31weeks) because i just feel like i'm going to faint every 5 minutes, and definatley couldn't bear a bus! so i've been sitting in doors all day and i'm too tired to go the pub garden at night!!!

bored and swealteringly hot! = even moodier pregnant lady than usual!

silverangel Sat 04-Jun-11 17:04:08

I'm sitting in the garden with my feet in a bucket of water - oh the glamour! Really I would like to be in the pub with several glasses of rosesmile.

Eviepoo Sat 04-Jun-11 22:16:44

Oh good suggestions, I've tried the lanacane stuff, it's ok but I found requires re-applying constantly. Might try Vaseline.

Think im going for a bath to sooth aches and then I can wander naked & damp to cool more.

CBear6 Sat 04-Jun-11 23:38:38

Cold water bottle for bed, although credit goes to DH for coming up with it back when inwas pregnant with DS. An empty 2ltr bottle, two-thirds filled with water, bung it in the freezer until frozen solid. At bedtime take it out, wrap it in a tea towel for the moisture, use it just like a hot water bottle (I like to put it under my neck).

Freeze a damp flannel, put it in a freezer bag or similar (for the moisture again) and put it inside your pillow.

A cold shower. Mmmm. Almost as good as wallowing laying in a cold bath.

Water mist stuff in a can. Poundland sells it and it's basically cold water mist but in a deodorant type spray can. DH thinks I'm daft for buying it but I love it.

CBear6 Sat 04-Jun-11 23:41:19

And when I was pregnant with DS (an August baby) - close blinds/curtains, strip to underwear, switch on huge pedastal fan, lay on sofa and absorb breeze. Might not be an option this time though as DS has a habit of opening the blinds and the front door.

This is what I get for swearing to DH that we were having no more summer babies.

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