The wall of cold air enveloped me in sweet relief as soon as I walked through the doors. I didn’t care that I was entering a house owned by people I didn’t know very well. Outside, it was over 90 degrees, I was nearly seven months pregnant, and the house had the cool, crisp breeze of central A/C—even if it did smell a little like old people.
It was a hot day in July a few years back, and an old family friend had generously offered their guest bedroom because the stifling heat was making me feel sick at the non-air-conditioned cottage where my husband and I were staying.
Why does summer always feel so much hotter when we’re pregnant? Belly sweat, boob sweat, and chafing arms or thighs all seem exacerbated when you’re housing another human inside you. With the summer heat in full swing, we wanted to round up some editor favorites to help keep you cool if you’re pregnant this summer—check out our picks below.
Editor’s Note: Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding product use while pregnant.
Sunscreen is a must always, and on hot, sunny days, a good sunscreen (reapplied often) does the hard work of keeping your skin protected. This one includes sunflower oil to protect from irritation due to sun exposure, and it blends well on all skin tones.
At the end of a long, hot day, washing your face sometimes just seems like too much (at the end of your pregnancy, it's basically the equivalent of a HIIT workout). These wipes can clean and refresh your face without you having to break a sweat bending over the bathroom sink. Pro tip: keep them in the fridge for an extra soothing way to get ready for bed.