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Summer twin pregnancy survival tips
Congratulations on the twin pregnancy. If you’re still in shock that’s ok. I was for over a month. If you have done your due date calculation and are finding that you will spend the majority of your pregnancy during the freaking hottest season AKA summer.
Then you’re at the right place.
So if you’re asking “how do I take care of myself during a twin pregnancy?” and more specifically during the summer months?
Then I’m sharing my tips to help you continue with a healthy twin pregnancy even when is freaking hot outside.
Below are the different pregnancy care tips for surviving a twin pregnancy during the summer. I will also go into greater detail.
- Stay hydrated
- Plan outings strategically
- Take it easy
- Eat refreshing things
- Stay cool
- Don’t forget protection
- Stay indoors when possible
- Wear comfortable clothing
- It’s temporary
Drinking water is a given when you’re pregnant. When dealing with a summer pregnancy then you need to stay hydrated to prevent overheating and dehydration.
Becoming dehydrated can have some long-term effects on you and your twins. You’re already considered high risk for being pregnant with twins. Try your best and do your part by staying hydrated.
Some issues can be preterm labor and low milk supply.
I’m not mentioning these issues to scare you but to give you some perspective as to how important water is while you’re pregnant.
I know at times is hard because hello morning sickness and everything else that comes with being pregnant. But do the best that you can. Especially when being outdoors.
If you’re having trouble consult with your doctor and ask for their input. They are always a great resource when you’re in doubt.
How can you stay hydrated during pregnancy?
Below are so many different ways to stay hydrated plus some extra tips to help you drink even more water when you just can’t get to.
- Drink at least 8 cups of water if not more a day
- Buy an insulated cup so that your water can stay nice and cool
- Drink a full glass of water first thing in the morning
- Buy flavored water if you don’t like the taste of plain water
- Place your phone on top of the cup to remind you to drink water
- Set water reminders on the phone
- Participate in a water challenge
- Instead of drinking juice or soda with meals substitute with water
- Add lemon or another fruit to create a different flavor
- Buy a cute cup or even a monogram cup that will inspire you to drink more water
These are just some tips to get you excited about incorporating more water into your everyday life.
Plan out outings
Obviously, you cant just stay coop up in the house just because is freaking hot outside. At some point, you will need to get out and live your life.
If you’re wanting to spend some time outdoors then consider doing it either early morning or evening.
Plan outings can happen before the sun come out or after sunset. Depending on where you live this can vary and also depending on daylight savings.
Summers are hot period. But getting out before or after the sun might make being outside a little more bearable.
Especially when you’re still trying to stay active and if you have other kids you want to get them out of the house too.
I know that this might mean getting up earlier but if you’re really trying to spend some time outside without feeling like you’re going to pass out from the heat then consider this as an option.
Other tips to consider when going outside during the summer:
- Take ice chips on the go. Ice chips can be very refreshing when is really hot outside. And when is really hot you can throw a couple of ice chips at your face
- Wear a hat
- Bring water
- Invest in a cool wrap you can apply around your neck
- Pack light: Is already hot outside and adding more things is only going to drag you down and create more heat.
- Eat small meals: The more you get into your pregnancy the less room you will have for food. When is already hot and you’re sweating a lot the last thing you want is to also feel heavy.
Bring items that will help you stay cool when outside.
Especially if you’re having to spend lots of periods of time out or when is not possible to time outings before or after sunset.
Take it easy
Don’t forget that you’re growing two babies. Being pregnant already takes a toll and your pregnant with twins.
To make it even better you’re pregnant during the summer months.
Is ok to take a step back and relax. You don’t need to be superwoman. There isn’t a reward for it.
- If you need help ask for it
- You can afford to pay for help then go-ahead
- If you need a nap then take it
- Elevate your feet: You’re pregnant which creates extra blood. During the summer the heat can cause extra dilation of blood vessels. Therefore more swelling. Sit back and elevate your feet allowing gravity to do its job and help decrease the swelling.
Most importantly listen to your body. Being pregnant takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.
In your case, you’re pregnant with twins and in the middle of summer.
So go easy on yourself.
Eat refreshing things
This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in snacks, food, and/or beverages that will keep you nice and cool.
Especially if you’re going to be outdoors for a while.
Remember staying hydrated during the summer is key.
Eat things like:
- Ice cream
- Coconut water
There are so many more foods that can keep you cool. These are just a few. Eat plenty of them as long as your morning sickness can allow you to do so.
Stay cool by water
This is the perfect time to go to a local pool or lake or take a baby moon to the beach.
What better way to stay nice and cool during the summer is by being in the water.
Take this opportunity to take a vacation with your significant other.
If the twins are your first babies then enjoy this time away before your life changes completely by two.
If you already have other kids then treat it like a family trip before you add two new members to the gang.
You don’t need to go somewhere far. If you live somewhere close to the beach then go for the day and turn it into a fun bonding activity for the whole family.
Don’t forget sun protection
When your pregnant your skin becomes even more sensitive. During the summer we tend to be exposed to so much sunlight that protecting our skin is a must.
Nothing worse than a sunburn. Especially when your pregnant and you already have a lot going on.
Don’t add something extra that’s just going to make you even more uncomfortable.
Protecting your skin during pregnancy is not only good for preventing sunburns but for also preventing greater issues such as skin cancer and even skin discoloration.
Since your skin is already more sensitive you are exposing your body to issues such as dots, lines, patches, etc.
This is why wearing sunblock is important
- At a minimum get a sunblock with 30 SPF or higher
- Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before leaving the house
- Consider chapstick with SPF
- Don’t get caught up on labels, brand, ingredients.
- Choose water-resistant. This will save you money. Even if you’re not planning on being in the water. But when you do then you don’t need two different types of sunblock
- Repellent is not sunblock. Don’t use repellent instead of sunblock. Buy them separately.
If you are ever unsure if a specific sunblock is safe or not. The best person to consult is your doctor.
So many people will tell you that sunblock is not safe while pregnant but they have no idea nor they have scientific proof to back that up.
So please if you ever find yourself unsure ask your doctor. They won’t stare you wrong or at least they shouldn’t.
Get creative indoors
At times it might be too hot to be outside or you’re just trying to stay cool.
If you have other kids then you might need to get creative and come up with fun indoor activities to entertain the kids.
Whether you create arts and crafts at home or take them to an indoor playground, museum, or library.
And if the twins are yout first pregnancy then use this time to rest, plan, and get ready for becoming a mother to twins.
Wear comfortable clothing
I get it just because your pregnant you don’t need to look frumpy. But I do recommend for you to dress for comfort.
You’re already pregnant during the summer.
The last thing you want is to wear clothes that stick to your body, that’s tight not giving you room to breathe, and just makes you feel hot and uncomfortable.
What to wear when pregnant with twins-summer edition:
- Loose clothing
- Cotton material is good for breathability
- Dresses let out a lot of air
- Light colors: white, blush, nude
- Open toe shoes: Think comfortable sandals that have a good grip
- Bathing suits, cover-ups
- Maternity shorts and skirts
Yes it sucks, yes you’re tired, yes you’re freaking hot and you can’t walk around naked, and yes you feel super heavy.
But remember to breathe and know that this season is temporary.
I know is easier for me to say is temporary because I already lived through it but just know that you will make it through.
You will find yourself so busy learning all about twins and getting ready for them that the time will fly by.
Next thing you know boom you have newborn twins.
So enjoy it as much as you can. Take it one day at a time. And when you feel like crap and don’t want to get out of the house just tell yourself this is only a season and it will pass.
Last words for surviving the summer heat in pregnancy
Being pregnant with twins is hard physcially and mentally. To add to it you’re pregnant in the midsts of summer.
So know that it will be tough but take it one day at a time.
Stay hydrated, rest as much as you can, plan outings when it’s cooler, and don’t forget to also protect yourself when out in the sun.
This is a season that will pass. And then you find yourself bringing home twin babies and then figuring out how the heck your will survive that stage.
If all things failed then ask for help. Reach out to me or any other twin mom out there. We want to help you and make this experience easier for you.
Please let me know in the comments how is your twin pregnancy coming along? And what has helped you survive the heat?
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