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tips for the heat please!

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Rosenwyn1985 Tue 30-Jun-15 17:59:25


So I'm 32+5 weeks pregnant and I normally love the heat, even if my pale skin and hair think otherwise. Not surprising I am finding today very very tough. I have a toddler who will be 3 in October so not like I can completely stop. Baby is in such a position that his little legs keep stretching into my lungs. Everyt time I try to move I get hot, bothered, out of breath and feel unwell. It doesn't help I have a cardiac issue (with pacemaker in situ) that gets worse in the third trimester. So, any tips for keeping your body less strained and cool?

ByeByeButterfly Tue 30-Jun-15 18:03:05

I sympathise - only 8 weeks and I can't bare it.

Make sure you drink plenty and have the windows open.

sophiaslullaby Tue 30-Jun-15 18:07:48

I keep all windows in the house open to encourage a through-draft, i then stay indoors (feels wrong in this weather but i go outside around 7pm for my dose of fresh air, after dinner).
Im 22 weeks so still at work with air con but at the weekend that's what i did.

Strangely they say cup of tea helps (any hot drink) as it makes your body sweat and therefore cool you down.
Wear loose flappy clothing -the clothing mops up sweat stopping you feel clammy and the flappy clothing is great for catching ANY gust of wind.

Can you and DC get the paddling pool out in the shade and mellow? :-) Fun for DC, bliss for you!

IceLemonGin Tue 30-Jun-15 18:15:26

I'm 35 weeks...a cold damp tshirt and sitting in front of a fan are currently keeping me cool.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Tue 30-Jun-15 18:19:28

39 weeks here with a 19 month old who has broken her leg and has to be carried everywhere... I feel your pain.

Whatabout Tue 30-Jun-15 18:26:00

Grotbag you win! 29 weeks and struggling wiTh an able bodied 26 month old and a full time job so I can't imagine how you are coping. I'm keeping curtain and windows and doors shut through the day and then opening everything at night. It's grim.

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Tue 30-Jun-15 18:28:21

I envisaged spending the last few weeks of pregnancy in the paddling pool but with DD in a cast we can't even do that! She's attached to me like a limpet!

Lunastarfish Tue 30-Jun-15 18:54:01

I have the classic craving for ice so Iam munching away!

Rosenwyn1985 Tue 30-Jun-15 19:14:31

I did get the paddling pool out for an hour or so this afternoon and have also started thieving my son's ice pops! Wow grotbag, you definitely have it rough! Must be extra hard!

TimeforaDietCoke Tue 30-Jun-15 20:25:41

Feet in a washing up bowl of cold water and cold drinks and ice lollies here smile

TimeforaDietCoke Tue 30-Jun-15 20:26:46

PS I'm 33 weeks and have officially said goodbye to my ankles as I used to know them today!

Topsy34 Tue 30-Jun-15 20:36:12

I am aiming for a glass of icy water an hour, i think it made a difference today at work. I didnt have one between 4 and 5 and i was boiling!!

Madamecastafiore Tue 30-Jun-15 20:38:28

Evan braumatiser ir the miracool spray you can get in boots or a cool pack on the back of your neck works wonders as does feet immersed in icy water.

Spray bed sheet with cold water and put fan on it will keep you cool at night too.

Wolfiefan Tue 30-Jun-15 20:38:33

Water spray.
Small bottle of water frozen and rolled under foot.
Handheld fan.
Windows open but curtains drawn.

CalypsoLilt Wed 01-Jul-15 12:07:17

After years of living in Australia (without air/con!):

Keep curtains closed but with windows open during the day time.

If you have a car without air/con, open the rear windows and close the front ones, this drags hot air out the back.

Have a cool bath or shower before bed, and if you are really hot, go to bed with towel dried hair.

A cool flannel does wonders on the forehead and behind the ears.

JassyRadlett Wed 01-Jul-15 12:12:34

Another Aussie (and 24 weeks pregnant). DS is 3 and has woken and come into our bed the last few nights, which is unhelpful!

Frozen grapes are amazing.

Paddling pool in the shade. (Ours has sprung a leak)

If you have a fan, put a wet muslin over it or a bowl of ice in front of it.

Chuck your bedsheet in the freezer an hour before bedtime.

Try to avoid having your car engine blow up on the motorway and having to walk everywhere until you buy a new one <weeps>

Ava50x Wed 01-Jul-15 14:39:59

31+3 weeks here and not coping very well! Been dizzy most of the pregnancy so the heat isn't helping.
I keep half-full bottles of water in the freezer and fill halfway with water before leaving the house. This cools the water and keeps it cold for a long time.
Ice lollies and ice cubes help a little, but ultimately sit in the air-con if you can!
Good luck, everyone. I'm sure the heat won't last too long anyway!

YetAnotherBeckyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 01-Jul-15 14:47:08

Watching this thread with interest as I am 30 weeks- it is BOILING and I'm pretty sure I'm going to spontaneously combust.

Is anyone else dreaming of plunging their feet into icy water? Or just sticking their head in the freezer?

Good luck everyone. flowers

quesadillas Wed 01-Jul-15 14:52:09

27 weeks with twins and a toddler here. Staying indoors and giving up on any sort of screen limit for the little one. I feel quite ill, so he's watching far too much tv. But needs must today. Drinking plenty of water and cuddling ice packs occasionally.

CakeInMyFace Wed 01-Jul-15 14:56:45

Some good tips on here thank you! I'm 29 weeks with a nearly 4 year old and work PT - would much rather be in the aircon office today! I cannot cool down despite ice water, feet in paddling pool etc - definitely going to try frozen grapes and ice in front of our fan as it is currently doing nothing for me smile. Night time is the worst. Good luck everyone!

frangipani13 Wed 01-Jul-15 15:01:41

28 weeks here and currently sat with my feet in the bath filled with cold water. Our local morrisons is freezing cold so went and did some shopping in there earlier! Might ask if I can camp out in there tonight

WorldsBiggestGrotbag Wed 01-Jul-15 15:02:15

BeckyMumsnet I have spent most of the week with my feet in a washing up bowl of ice cubes, isn't pregnancy glam? wink

fanjodisfunction Wed 01-Jul-15 15:02:29

really feeling for you ladies who are further along than me. I'm 12 weeks and feel awful, have been sick most of the morning. chasing a toddler in a flat that is really hot. have propped open the front door to let the cool air in from the corridor have fridge cold pop and water and ice pops on the go. can't wait for the heat to subside tomorrow.

fanjodisfunction Wed 01-Jul-15 15:04:07

beckysmumsnet I would stick my head in the freezer but I can't bend down that far without feeling sick! why did I get a fridge freezer with the fridge on top?

cunchofbunts Wed 01-Jul-15 15:09:20

This is where I'm going to give my DDDDDDDDDH full credit. When we found out that I was pregnant and I'm due in September, he said: you're going to be hot. So a few months back he bought a second hand air conditioning unit off Gumtree.

We switch it on as soon as we get home to cool the bedroom down before we sleep. It's a bit too noisy to leave on overnight so we then switch it to the fan setting.

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