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Ways to cool off as it gets hot out.

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

So I've noticed myself swelling and over heating a lot lately. Whoever decided that 90 degrees during May in Ohio was a good idea is a silly face. He/she has no sympathy for pregnant women without A/C. 

 

What are your methods of keeping cool when it's bloody hot out? I've been taking a lot of cool showers. I'm greatful that my hair holds a lot of moisture but I've also been fighting the urge to hop back in during the evening when my dreads finally dry. I'm also thinking of ordering a couple packs of those migraine cooling patches to stick on my forehead all the time. I don't care how silly I look. 

post #2 of 23
I get a old dish tub and sit on the deck and spray my kids with the hose and soak my feet in cold water. We live in a yurt and don't have ac either and 90 in May is plain old unkind. We have an outdoor shower too, that's a life saver, and so many fans going that its hard to walk straight through the house given all the different air currents.

But the cold water dishpan is my favorite.

Eta: if you do stick cold patches to your face, please post photos.
post #3 of 23

Well...I'd hop back in the shower, personally. When I was little and it got hot out, my mom would give us cold washcloth "wipe downs" as we were headed to bed (this is post-bath/shower). Laying in front of a fan after the washcloth treatment made me happy.

post #4 of 23

I draw a bath and leave it to hop in again later that day, adding/adjusting water as necessary. Right now, I have the fan blowing on me, and a misting bottle next to me...

post #5 of 23

Man, if I didn't have AC, I think I might die. I'm from northern MN and living in Texas... HOT. Been in the 90's for a couple weeks now. Props to you mamas for getting through it. I would have to have like 4 fans on me and probably do the cold showers regularly if I were you. Assuming I survived. I got heat exhaustion when I first moved to TX a little over a year ago and it was only 86 and I was only outside for a short walk with the family, but the heat and more powerful sun than I was used to did a number on me. 

post #6 of 23

This year I finally convinced my husband to splurge and install AC for us!!!!!!! I am SOOOO happy! Live in Michigan, in the upper 80's here too. Last year my husband and I would just sit in front of a fan, and we would alternate who was allowed to take a cold shower every half an hour or so. Also, we spent a lot of time in stores, just hang out and enjoy their a/c lol

post #7 of 23
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

We live in a yurt and don't have ac either and 90 in May is plain old unkind. 

 

Ooooohhh! My husband and I are considering building a yurt. I sent you a PM with a bunch of annoying questions regarding yours to not take up this whole thread.

post #8 of 23

Dang, the whole east coast seems to be heating up!  Here in Maryland, I've found that I tolerate the heat better during the day if I get up earlier.  It's probably just psychological, but if I have a few hours of moderate heat, I don't mind the midday humidity as much.  On the other hand, if I wait to get out of bed until it's already above 80º, I feel cranky as soon as my feet hit the floor.  I don't know if you have a basement, but pretty much everyone does around here, and it's always 15 or 20º cooler down there than it is in the rest of the house.  Ours is unfinished, but that's even better - when it gets really bad, I lie down on the uninsulated concrete pad and sometimes even fall asleep.

post #9 of 23

oh wow! sounds like fun! (kidding.)

 

I doesn't get too hot very often where I live so I don't have a lot to add but my big plan is to drink lots of homemade lemonade slushes to stay cool.  Staying hydrated is a huge concern being preggo, so I think this is killing two birds with one stone.

post #10 of 23

water, water and more water. drink water. be in water. we will get up to 110 regularly in the summer--and by the end when it starts to cool down to just the 90s you feel like you're in heaven. of course as we start the season now the 90s do feel intolerable. we can't make it here without air. but i don't like to live in the air all day. right now when we've been in the 90s we go get in the pool--and sometimes turn the air on for an hour or two around 3/4 in the afternoon. it depends on how cranky i get--my husband loves the heat and could do the 90s without air--i get cranky and start feeling mean. :( so when the house reaches 83 i normally give in. 

 

we spend a lot of time in and out of the pool to cool down. and if i didn't have that i'd definitely get a kiddie pool! cool showers are great and cool washcloths are a great idea. i know i waste a lot of water...but i otherwise we would need to move! we are lucky that it cools down to nice outside in the evening...only for a couple of weeks in the hottest part of the summer can we not open the windows at night and have a cool breeze--this really saves us i think too!

post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
I don't know why I didn't think of wash cloths when I wrote this. Time to blame baby brain lol. Chamomile lowers body temperature so iced tea or even soaking the wash rags in it would be helpful
post #12 of 23

I don't know if anyone else is in the mid-Atlantic, but we forgot the obvious heat-beating strategy around here - just wait a minute!  seriously, two days ago I was wearing my bathing suit around the house, and today the high was 48ºF!  windy, cold, and spitting rain, and my dog didn't even want to go out for his walk.  the weekend should be more temperate, and then the latter half of next week is expected to be in the 90s with thunderstorms again.  still, I love living here, and I don't mind not having air conditioning.  sure is interesting.

post #13 of 23

No ac here either! 

 

I mostly just wear the least amount of clothes possible! lol And try to never move! ;)

 

We will probably make good use of fans and the sprinkler this year.  The neighbours are going to love watching the gigantic preggo waddling her way through the sprinkler.  That is, if they aren't blinded by my white belly!
 

post #14 of 23

Well. Right now, Maine is throwing a cold fit, so I am not dealing with this yet. It's entirely possible that it won't get uncomfortably hot until after Kait is born. However, I am ready with many fans and to send DP out to buy a ac window unit for the bedroom. I swell up a lot in the heat, and I really don't want to alarm my midwife in the last week or two of this pregnancy with "sudden edema". 
 

post #15 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by StartingAllOver View Post

Well. Right now, Maine is throwing a cold fit, so I am not dealing with this yet. It's entirely possible that it won't get uncomfortably hot until after Kait is born. However, I am ready with many fans and to send DP out to buy a ac window unit for the bedroom. I swell up a lot in the heat, and I really don't want to alarm my midwife in the last week or two of this pregnancy with "sudden edema". 

 

I learned today that I can avoid sudden edema by avoiding Chinese food from that little place up the road.
And we had a fire in the woodstove last night so I know it wasn't because of the weather.
I spent my day drinking nettle tea and chugging water just so I could get my rings back on, I'm just now returning to normal size self at 10 pm.
post #16 of 23

Ugh Wrenmoon! That sounds awful! Yeah, some foods can be too sodium filled and that contributes too. I haven't found any super triggering ones, yet. Although I feel horribly bloated after too many carbs. But that happens whether I am pregnant or not. 
Add heat, and I become a big pink balloon! 
 

post #17 of 23

It's going to be really hot this weekend where I live - our first hot weekend of the year! And we moved into a new-to-us house this past winter, so we don't yet know what it's like to live there in the summer. But we do know there is no air conditioning. I love me my fans!

post #18 of 23
We got 2 new fans thanks to record highs in Denver this summer. I also started making lots of simple frozen treats like:

Melon Simple Smoothies
(Take cantaloupe or watermelon, slice and dice and freeze it, purée with *just* enough water and honey to make a thick slurry)

Frozen Minty Lemonade

Fresh mint + ice + lemon juice + water + sugar

Sipping either of those at peak heat helps lots!
post #19 of 23
Thread Starter 

Lol. It's not even 11am and I am already dripping with sweat.

post #20 of 23

we had a bbq yesterday and everyone else was wearing jackets and I was sitting there in shorts and a tank top and finally not dying of heat!

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