Surviving the Summer: Essential Tips for Pregnant Women

Summer can be a magical time, but it can also feel overwhelming when you are pregnant. As the summer heat sets in, staying comfortable and healthy during pregnancy is challenging. With Belle Vue’s experience, we'll share some essential tips to help expecting mothers survive and thrive during summer. From managing hydration to staying cool, read on for expert advice tailored to your pregnancy journey.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most crucial tips for pregnant women in the summer is to stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, fatigue, and even contractions. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and carry a reusable water bottle wherever you go. Infuse your water with fresh fruits like lemon or cucumber for added flavor and refreshment.

Dress Comfortably

Choose loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen. Opt for light colors that reflect sunlight rather than dark colors that absorb heat. Wearing comfortable maternity wear can help regulate your body temperature and reduce the risk of heat-related discomfort.

Seek Shade and Avoid Direct Sunlight

Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, especially during the peak summer hours when the sun is strongest. When outdoors, seek shaded areas like parks with trees or carry an umbrella to create your shade. This can prevent overheating and sunburn.

Take Cool Showers or Baths

Cool showers or baths can provide instant relief from the heat. Taking lukewarm showers can lower your body temperature and soothe swollen feet or ankles. You can also use a spray bottle filled with water to mist your face and body throughout the day for a quick cool-down.

Elevate Your Feet

Swelling is common during pregnancy, especially in the summer. Elevate your feet whenever possible to reduce swelling and improve circulation. Lie down on your left side and prop your feet up with pillows. This position can also alleviate pressure on your back and hips.

Eat Light and Fresh Meals

Opt for light, fresh meals that are easy to digest. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your diet to stay nourished and hydrated. Avoid heavy, greasy, or spicy foods that can cause indigestion or discomfort, especially in hot weather. Snack on hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber slices, or yoghurt.

Stay Active Safely

Maintain a moderate level of physical activity, but avoid exercising in extreme heat or direct sunlight


Adapting to summer months while pregnant requires special attention to your body's needs and comfort. By following these essential tips, you can navigate the heat safely and enjoy this special time in your life. If you have any concerns about your health or well-being during pregnancy, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider at Belle Vue's Cambridge Hospital. Stay cool, hydrated, and take good care of yourself as you prepare for the arrival of your little one.