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How to stay cool when you're pregnant

Pregnant and melting in the heat? From outdoor events to stuffy offices and packed public transport, rising temperatures can be a nightmare for anyone – let alone someone carrying a baby. Keep your cool throughout pregnancy with Mumsnetters' been there, done that tips

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 13, 2021

Pregnant woman in swimming pool

How to stay cool at night while pregnant

“Spray your sheets with water and put them in the freezer. Lovely.”

“A great trick for warm nights is to use a hot water bottle, but fill it with cold water (or pop it in the freezer for a while). Keeps you nice and cold and saves on electricity for fans.”

“The best way to keep cool in bed is to get a large bath towel, soak it in cold water, wring it out and then use it to cover you when you go to bed – bliss.”

“Put on a pair of wet socks, if you don't mind damp sheets. I've also found a wet pillowcase to be quite effective.”

“I've been putting a baby bath filled with cold water and ice cubes next to the bed. Every time I feel a hot flush coming on I simply swing my legs out of bed and plonk my feet in the water for five minutes.”

Unmade bed in Summer

Keeping cool when you're out and about

“If you have to go out anywhere, take a packet of wet wipes with you and keep wiping your face and back of your neck.”

“Try Magicool – it is brilliant and helped cool me down.”

“If you have trouble with a sweaty scalp and drippy make-up like I do – try Odaban. You spray or dab a bit on your scalp and hairline when you've dried your hair and it stops your head sweating.”

Woman sweating outside

Coping with work and commuting when you're pregnant

“If you work at a computer all day, get a cheap USB-powered desk fan.”

“Water bottles and wet flannels in a freezer bag in the freezer overnight if doing a tube journey the next day.”

“If you have to sit anywhere hot for a long time – like commuting on an un-airconditioned hell train – an ice pack helps a lot! I wrapped one in thin fabric and put it down my back.”

Staying Cool in the Summer When You're Pregnant
Office desk with computer and fan

How to stay hydrated during pregnancy

“Fizzy drinks do not quench your thirst – plain water is best.”

“Stuff like watermelon and cucumbers are lovely and cooling, as well as being full of water.”

“Make some Ribena ice cubes.”

“Ice lollies are better than ice cream, particularly if you make your own overnight (less fat and sugar, so not as sickly).”

Water cooler

Lowering your body temperature

“I have been told to drink warm or hot drinks so that the internal body temperature rises to the outside temperature, making you feel less hot. It works.”

“Take a cool shower and let the water evaporate off you.”

“I always find a really really hot shower works for me. When you get out it's all nice and cool. It may sound mad, but give it a go!”

“Keep your hair wet if you can – I found this really helped to keep me cool and as much as possible, keep it off your shoulders.”

Two cups of hot tea

Finding your cooling spots

“Those kool strips for migraines are good for cooling your head down.”

“Run your wrists under cold water for an instant cool.”

“Try putting an ice pack in the crook between your chin and neck, just under your ear. It's where the blood is closest to the surface of your skin and should cool you quicker.”

“Put socks in cold water, then in the freezer for half an hour, then put them on (or get someone else to if you can't reach).”

“Keep a foot spray in the fridge.”

Pregnant woman in bikini

Staying comfortable throughout pregnancy

“My friend lived in a bikini and sarong at home when pregnant. Fab idea in my opinion!”

“You just have to buy large, airy, cotton clothes and try and look bohemian and have a good time.”

“I spent any time I had at home wafting around in this huge nightgown that was more like a circus tent. It was great as it created its own breeze.”

“Sit around the house in wet clothes!”

“Sitting at home entirely as nature made me – very comfortable!”

Retro fan in Summer

Keeping your home cool

“If you have a fan – get a tea towel and wet it, then put it over the grills (make sure it can't get caught). This will circulate cool air with some moisture, which reduces dehydration.”

“Keep curtains and blinds shut during the day.”

“If you have a loft hatch, open it and warm air will go up.”

pregnant woman sleeping on a sofa

Avoiding any unnecessary exertion

“Lie down when possible and do as little as possible”

“Walk in a relaxed leisurely manner.”

“Have your shopping home delivered.”

“Don't go anywhere.”

And if all else fails…

“If I start to get hot and bothered I just remember myself freezing in the winter, and tramping round in the same bloody padded coat day after day, and snap right out of it!”

These might help…

If you're still struggling to beat the heat, Mumsnet users have found a few nifty products to come to your rescue.

JML Chillmax: Pillow Gel Inlay, £11.99

You can use this gel inlay as a cooling mat, pillow or cushion. It doesn't need to be refilled – simply pop it into the fridge for some extra cooling before you use it. Reacting to your body temperature, JML boast that its 'natural cooling effect [lasts] for up to three hours'. Handily, it can be also be slipped into your pillowcase – making those sweaty nights just a bit more bearable.

“They're flat, thin and plastic-y looking and have a gel centre. They stay cold without any need to put in the fridge/freezer. You can put them inside your pillowcase at night, but you could also use it on your commute or in the office. Pre-pregnancy, I bought three and me, DH and the dog all use them in the heat!”

Buy now from Amazon

Papaval Women Harem Jumpsuit, from £10.99

Will this jumpsuit make you look like a flying squirrel? Undoubtedly. Will you also be extremely – nay, obscenely – comfortable? Yes. A huge hit with Mumsnet users, this soft, stretchy and very baggy one-piece is lauded for its comfort. Light and breathable, it's ideal for an expanding belly on a scorching hot day.

“I bought six of these. I may never wear anything else – ever.”

“I got the navy blue one and the black and white spotty one. They're SO comfy.”

Buy now from Amazon

IKEA PLASTIS Ice cube tray, £6.56

A perfectly chilled drink is sometimes exactly what you need. Mumsnet users often recommend the trays from IKEA because of their durability – and this one's available in pink, green and turquoise. The bird, fish and flower shapes add a bit of fun.

“For trays which you would use long-term, I would say IKEA – it's so easy to remove the cubes.”

Buy now from Amazon

Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray, £9.65

Essentially a can of pure mineral water, this spray can be used as part of your skincare routine, to set your make-up, or just to refresh your skin throughout the day. The cooling mist is free of harsh chemicals and is hypoallergenic, too.

“Evian spray cans are excellent. Mine was a godsend.”

Buy now from Amazon

ASOS Strappy Maternity Swimsuit, £18.50

This swimsuit's plunge neckline and open back make it wonderfully flattering, while the stretch polyester provides plenty of give. The eye-catching scarlet hue is a bonus.

“I was very happy with my swimsuit from ASOS. Super cute and lovely quality.”

Buy now from ASOS

All prices correct at the time of publication.

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