Surviving A Hot, Humid Summer When Pregnant
A gorgeous pregnancy glow is one thing but when it’s hot, hot, hot out there and you’re carrying a bump the size of a huge watermelon plus feeling totally nauseous, that glow is more like a mega sweat. We hear ya mamas-to-be, it’s not much fun waddling about feeling gross and swollen. Want to know how to survive the hot months with a bump in tow? we’ve put together some of the best ways to be pregnant and stay cool and comfortable over the summer. So get your feet up (that’s tip number 7 btw…) and have a read.
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If there’s ever a time for some serious pampering, it’s when growing that little human in your belly. You may not feel much like getting out of the house, mama, but trust us, a morning at one of the SensAsia Urban Spas is a must. From bump friendly massages to help prevent stretch marks, relieve fatigue and ease fluid retention to pampering packages combining facials and leg treatments (ugh, those swollen cankles…), there’s even a hot frangipani oil head massage for when you just want to lie down and dream about your little bundle-to-be. Heavenly (and totally addictive).
Read more: Yummy Mummy-to-be massage at Sensasia
We have one word for you. Privilee. Head to some of Dubai’s most beautiful hotel pools and lounge about in all that chilled water (there’s nothing like swimming when preggers to keep fit and help you feel weightless for a change). This awesome membership card gives you access to everything from pools to gyms (ok, maybe after baby arrives…) plus gives you discounts on f&b when those cravings hit. Just avoid the midday sun and you’ll be grand.
Privilee are offering a ‘beat the heat sweet summer promo’ where you’ll get three months for AED 1,500 – so worth it – that’s three whole months of lush chilled pools and icy drinks brought to your sun lounger!
We know that body hugging dresses can look great but in 90% humidity, it’s all about comfort AND style. Snap up some loose fitting clothing that’ll see you and your bump through the 9 months and still be great post birth – we’re talking light, breathable dresses and kaftans by 2birds – beautifully designed by 2 mamas in a range of gorgeous bright patterns. We love.
Need something sweet? There’s more to life than ice-cream out of a tub in front of the TV (as good as that is). Check out our roundup of some of the best places to for icy treats in Dubai and work your way through the list.
Getting your car cool enough for a journey before even attempting to find a parking spot near to the mall entrance is stressful enough -and trying to hail a taxi on a corner in 50 degree heat? Forget it. Book a Careem and have a beautifully air conditioned, chauffeur driven car pick you up and deliver you to wherever it is you need to be. Perfect.
You might love walking the aisles but we figure there are better things to be doing with your time (that massage we were talking about for example). Avoid lugging heavy bags around and get your groceries delivered right to your door – whether it’s your household staples like washing powder and cleaning products (for when you need to get nesting), organic fruit and veggies (or chocolate) to munch on or newborn essentials for your hospital bag – read our roundup on The Best Grocery Delivery Options In Dubai
Battle those swollen ankles and keep your feet up whenever you can! Perfect excuse for hitting the summer sales for that perfect comfy chair? We think so. Or better still, go for a Byron Bay Hanging Chair (available at MarMarland or shipped to Dubai from Australia and swing about – super useful for once the bubba arrives too (that rocking motion is perfect for settling a little one). Oh and they do the cutest little cribs too!
Your friends are out brunching or enjoying late nights on the town – not so much fun for a mama-to-be. The answer? head to Mall Of The Emirates for dinner and a movie Gary Rhodes style or settle down to a mega Netflix marathon.
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So you can’t fly – but that doesn’t matter when there are some fabulous staycation deals to snap up! Bab Al Shams is offering the ‘Live Your Summer Dream’ deal for as little as AED 550 per night, including an 50% off on food and drink. There are temperature controlled infinity pools to wallow in, beautiful crisp linen sheets to sleep between and a rooftop terrace for a sunset mocktail or two. Valid until end September 2018.
Read More: A Staycation Summer Offer At Bab Al Shams
Want to channel some of that pregnant creativity? How about taking an Annie Sloan paint course which will allow you to transform any old furniture with just a coat of her incredible chalk paint (it can be applied to everything with zero prep – so easy!). Renowned for the gorgeous ‘shabby chic’ or ‘whitewashed’ look we all love -you can get your nursery furniture looking pinterest worthy in no time, mamas!
Read More: The Annie Sloan Paint Course
This post was originally posted on the site in July 2017.