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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.
Gently wipe across skin or underarms for a quick cleanse with the cooling effect of mint.
Dry forehead drips or above the lip sweats away with these blotting sheets. Grab a pack of three for just $6.99,
Apply it between your legs or anywhere you chafe like a deodorant, and it lasts for hours.
Black Girl Sunscreen
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.
Feel like you need a little freshen up between the legs? These wipes for sensitive skin are infused with plant-based ingredients.
A mix between a sunscreen, facial mist, and makeup setting spray, you get the best of all three with this product.
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.
Summer boob sweat was bad enough—add pregnancy breasts, and you might need a little extra drying action. This spray acts like a good-for-you baby powder to wick up sweat that's already there and keep you dry for hours.
Pop the detachable head of this editor-favorite in the freezer so you'll always have relief on hand.
9 colors available
Stay hydrated all day with an ice cold beverage in a giant insulated tumbler. Plus, YETI offers personalization so you'll always know which one is yours.
10+ colors available
Plug it into your phone for an on-the-go cool down. Our contributing editor Jaclyn took this with her everywhere when she was pregnant last summer.
A multi-purpose find and an editor favorite, take this everywhere with you now and add to the stroller once the baby is born.
This portable neck fan will allow you to stay cool even during the sweltering summer months.
Yes, this is the biggest ticket item on this list, but nothing beats A/C in the oppressive heat of summer. If you're living without air conditioning, this portable option cools up to 300 square feet.
This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for timeliness.