Tuesday, July 6, 2010

It's a Heat Wave!

Well, I certainly never expected to be in the middle of a heat wave in New York City, let alone be in the heat-wave while pregnant. However, here I am and it's only day 2 of 4 of the 100 degree days!
As my midwife reminded me, drink loads of water, even if it means that you will gain 10 lbs of water weight. But what else can you do to beat this unfamiliar and uncomfortable heat while pregnant - or not pregnant for that matter? Here are some of my personal tips:
  • Stay indoors when you can and when temperatures threaten any outdoor activity. There are LOADS of things you can do indoors such as play board games, watch movies, clean house (or if you are pregnant, get some much needed nesting completed!), complete projects that needed to be completed months ago (that's what usually on my list!) and organize household expenses and budgets. While some of these tasks may not be fun, getting them done while forced to spend time indoors will lead to free time you have later on that sunny, 75 degree day that you want to spend at the beach! (Still, easier said than done for some of us, including me!)

  • When possible, spend some time floating about a well shaded, non-heated - and CLEAN pool. I've been nervous about the public pools here in the city, but I am sure they are maintained well enough. We are very fortunate to have a family member with a pool, and said family member also only lives a block away - so, bonus, we are able to swim at our leisure almost all summer long.

  • A friend offered this tip: chill your sore feet in a nice cold, foot bath! It's as easy as grabbing the nearest bucket and filling it up with some ice cold water and sitting back to relax and enjoy!

  • Try some sprinkler fun. Any old sprinkler will do. If you have a little bit of yard you can set up the sprinkler, go for it! Set up a lawn chair nearby and sit and relax. Try to find a spot in the shade, as it will be nicer there.

  • Eat foods that are high in water content such as watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, and other yummy fruits and veggies. Your tummy will be happy and the extra water will help to cool you down.

  • Finally, make sure you are getting enough cool rest at night. If you don't have an air conditioner, splurge for an exhaust window fan, and then a regular room fan. Place the window fan in the window so that it is backwards (in order to suck out the hot air) and place the regular fan near your bed to cool you all night long. A good night's sleep will help your body to stay cool through the rest of the day.

I will leave you with the most recent picture of our little one. "Teeny Pannini" as we are calling him/her was quite active during our last scan at 13 weeks, but all was well and baby checked out perfectly. Our Nuchal screen went off without a hitch and results came back perfect! We couldn't be happier that our little one is doing so well. We are still so excited about welcoming Teeny into this world and after each day our little miracle baby becomes more and more real. Today, hearing that little heartbeat, was like music to my ears - as I am sure it always will be. Dad will be there at our next, elective scan, which will be at 16 weeks. In just 3 short weeks we should know whether Teeny Pannini will prefer blue or pink! That scan will take place while we are on vacation in Canada!