How to stay cool when you're pregnant

Pregnant and melting? Beat the heat with MNers' been there done that tips 

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"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."

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

"If you work at a computer all day, you can get a USB powered desk fan quite cheap online."

There's NOTHING that doesn't benefit from an hour in the freezer

Retro Kitchen

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

"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 your foot spray in the fridge."

Or just simply "stand in front of the freezer with the door wide open!"

Know your cooling spots

"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."

"Those kool strip things for migraines are quite good for cooling your head down."

"Sit around the house in wet clothes!"

"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."


What to wear when no-one else can see you

"Sitting at home entirely as nature made me - very comfortable!"

"My friend lived in a bikini and sarong at home when pregnant. Fab idea IMO!"

"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."

But if you have to face the public

"I think you just have to buy large, airy, cotton clothes and try and look bohemian and have a good time."

Don't sweat it

Dog wipd

"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."  


Stay hydrated (duh)

Cuppa Tea

"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. Apparently this is what North African people do. I guess they know what they are talking about."

"Fizzy drinks do not quench your thirst - plain water is best."

"Make some Ribena ice cubes."

Eat watery foods (there's only so much you can drink)

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


"It's a good excuse to eat dangerous amounts of ice cream"

Homemade Ice lolly

"Lollies are better than ice cream, particularly if you can make your own overnight (less fat and sugar, so not as sickly)."


The great shower debate


"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!"


Blasting cold air always does the trick

"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."

"Drive for hours in an aircon car," or you could just sit in one.


"Lie down when possible and do as little as possible"

Lazy Cat

"Walk in a relaxed leisurely manner."

"Don't go anywhere."

"Have your shopping home delivered."


Home improvements

"Keep curtains and blinds shut during the day."

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


When the day is done


"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."

"Move your mattress downstairs - our hallway is tiled and is much cooler than the bedrooms."

"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."


If all else fails, repeat: "winter is coming..."

John Snow

"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!"


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