Ah, pregnancy. Some women love it, and some hate it. Some just like certain aspects of it and that's the camp I fall in. For me, the best part was the end of my first pregnancy, that happened to fall in the summer. My daughter was born in mid-September and although everyone warned me of how hot and miserable I would be, I must admit -- I loved having a summer pregnancy. My second child was born in early June and to me, being pregnant and stuck indoors all winter wearing ugly maternity sweaters was basically the worst. Couple that with my inactivity that resulted in a bajillion pound weight gain, and I will take summer pregnancy any day of the week. Here are some of the reasons you should be very excited for your summer pregnancy:
1. Maxi Dresses Are Comfy And Cute
Dressing as a heavily pregnant woman in the winter is kind of no fun. I never felt cute and I would be cold and then suddenly, breaking out in a sweat within 10 minutes. That's why I LOVED being in my third trimester during the summer where I could throw on an adorable maxi dress that accentuated my belly and be done with it. No layers, no sweating, just cuteness.
2. Flip Flops Are Your BFF
Toward the end of my winter pregnancy, I can remember cursing the fact that I needed to wear socks because hello, trying to bend around that bowling ball in my abdomen made it very hard to get them on. Slipping into flip flops or sandals all summer while hugely pregnant was the best ever.
3. Ice Cream All Day, Erryday
We went out for ice cream probably four times a week during my summer pregnancy. Because, pregnant. And ice cream. Duh.
4. Swimming Will Feel Amazing
When your body feels like it's splitting at the seams, nothing feels better than floating around in water, weightless. I had bad sciatic nerve pain with my summer pregnancy and spent a ton of time in water because nothing else helped me feel so good.
5. Staying Active Is Easier
If you live in a miserable winter climate like me, you know how hard it can be to stay active. When pregnant, it's even harder because who feels like trekking to the gym in a snowstorm while carrying an extra several pounds? When pregnant in the summer, I would take off for an evening stroll almost every night. It helped keep me in relatively decent shape, no question.
6. Everyone Will Feel Bad For You
Everyone felt awful for me at work the summer I was pregnant with my daughter because at one point, it was nearly 100 degrees for two weeks straight and in NY, that's a big deal. I got Popsicles and drinks brought to me and they turned the AC up extra high in my office. You might be suffering from under-boob sweat, but being treated like a pregnant princess can turn it all around!
7. Summer BBQ Food
Grilled chicken, corn on the cob, pulled pork, watermelon, macaroni salad -- all of those foods sounded amazing to me while pregnant and were everywhere I went on the weekends. It was a veritable smorgasbord for me and the fetus whenever we got invited to someone's BBQ.
8. Easier To Eat Healthy
Conversely, it will never be easier to eat healthy while pregnant than when local produce is in season. If you crave smoothies with fresh berries every day, you'll have no trouble finding them at a farmer's market or even your grocery store.
9. No Need For A Maternity Winter Coat
I never bought a maternity winter coat while pregnant with my son because they're so expensive and I would only need it for a month or two with the way the months fell. That said, I looked like a total ass wearing my regular winter coat with only two buttons done. In the summer, you don't need that nonsense!
10. Your Bikini Body Is Adorable
No sucking it in for you! When pregnant in a bikini, the more your belly pops out, the better. It's very liberating to spend a whole summer going to the beach and not worrying about how your body looks.