Why I Liked Being Pregnant in the Summer
When I got pregnant in July, almost everyone I told celebrated the fact that I wouldn’t be pregnant in the summer. “Oh, you won’t have to deal with the miserable heat!” And I was pretty glad of that, too.
Except, I’ve found that I much preferred my summer pregnancy to my winter one. And not just because my first pregnancy was much easier on my body, although maybe that plays a part. The truth is, I’ve always been a summer kind of girl. I love sunshine and green grass and even mowing the lawn. And even though it can be hot and humid and miserable, even when pregnant, I loved the summer. A few reasons why I give my summer pregnancy the victory!
5 Reasons I Preferred Being Pregnant in the Summer
1. That’s swell. Sure, my swelling is less this time around. But my hands are still swollen enough that I had to take off my wedding ring anyway, so I don’t see much of a reason to celebrate. And I can’t just wear flip-flops when my feet feel puffy—it’s way too cold for that! So instead of going barefoot, my shoes just feel tight.
2. The wardrobe. I loved the tank tops, shorts and sundresses wardrobe I built for my summer pregnancy. I didn’t want to do a complete wardrobe rebuild, so I’ve been layering, layering, layering and doing the cardigan-over-everything look. I’m sick of layers.
3. Weather. It’s so much easier to get outside and take walks when it’s warm. And when you’re not in pain, but whatever. Even with the mild winter, I’m still cold all the time, and I’m feeling pretty cooped up with a toddler. It’ll be nice when we can play outside and head to the park. Of course, the bonus is that the weather will be getting nice when the new baby gets here, so that should help with the baby weight!
4. Food. In the summer I’m way more likely to down the fresh produce like it’s my job. In my winter pregnancy, I feel like I’ve been way more into comfort foods than I’ve ever been. I’m still within a reasonable weight range for my pregnancy, but I know deep down that I haven’t been an eating angel!
5. Waist restriction. When you’re pregnant in the summer and you get uncomfortable in tight-waisted clothing, you can just take off your pants. Unfortunately, at 32 weeks, I’m at the stage where even my maternity jeans are getting uncomfortable, but I can’t really slip into those comfy sun dresses. It’s too cold for that in my drafty house, so my robe is getting a workout when my pants are not.
Am I crazy for not loving a winter pregnancy? Did you have a season you preferred? Share your reasoning below! —Erin