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One of the first reactions I received when I told people I was pregnant with my second child was, “Oh, you’re going to be very pregnant during summer!” My first was born in June and it still hadn’t quite warmed up yet; I even wore a jacket to the hospital the day he was born! Going into my third trimester in the middle of summer was a huge change. Here is what I did as a way to survive the heat.

Drink up! My favorite drinks to enjoy were lemonade and fruit slushies. I made each myself and they were super easy. For fruit slushies, I simply blended up either fresh or frozen fruit with a little water or ice. I actually preferred frozen fruit since it made the drink even colder.

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Peppermint lotion: There are a few different brands that are great; I love Burt’s Bees. Putting peppermint lotion on my feet not only helped with my super dry skin from my pregnancy but the peppermint also created a little bit of a cooling affect.

Swimming: Going to the pool and flaunting a swimsuit really wasn’t at the top of my list, but it did feel really good. The water not only cools you down but relieves a lot of pressure from your lower back.

>> Check out 100 Swimsuits for Every Woman to find your perfect suit!

Sundresses: Invest in a few good sundresses for everyday wear. They are so much more comfortable, and cooler, than maternity shorts.
Also, avoid working out in the heat of the day. It is much more difficult to cool down than to stay cool, so try to exercise in the morning before it gets too warm or in the evening when it is cooling off.

>> Read more: Best Workouts for Pregnant Mamas

Cold water: Use a cold cloth to cool off with or take a cool shower. If you are out, consider taking a small misting spray fan to cool off on the go.

Shade: Try to stay in the shade as much as possible. Wear a light hat to shade yourself when you will be out in the sun and even consider a sun umbrella for days you are going to be in the sun all day.

Pregnancy comes with countless symptoms and inescapable moments of being uncomfortable. Finding ways to stay cool and as comfortable as possible in the summer heat helps tremendously in being able to enjoy your pregnancy and the summertime.