How can I beat the heat?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@ames12708:  Can’t you just get a portable AC unit? They have to be vented out the window, but it’s an incredibly easy install (I know, as we just did it). The unit sits on the floor and is very efficient. We have central AC, but it doesn’t cool the upstairs so we bought this extra unit for our bedroom. I flat out refuse to be hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable in my own home, let alone in my bed. E-yuck.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@ames12708:  Ah. Then I have no idea. I am another person who hates the heat and I would simply not live somewhere without AC. I can’t even imagine. I would be a miserable bitch 😛

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I dont know how you feel about open windows at night, but when we grew up we never had A/C in the house, and my parents would throw a window or box fan in the window overnight, blowing the cool air in, and then shut all of the windows during the day.

I also recommend taking cool showers and baths. They have felt sooo good to me this week! (36w pregnant and been in the mid 90s/humid all week here!)

I unfortunately don’t think there are too many great tips. I totally understand the misery and the sweating and feeling generally gross and awful but just stay hydrated, drink lots of cool fluids, don’t be afraid of taking breaks and throwing a nice cool rag over your face for a few minutes every now and then.

Congratulations on your upcoming move though!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, if you really NEED to be up and about packing and doing chores, I find it’s best to change into workout clothes that I’m totally comfortable and used to sweating in, putting my hair up, and just letting it happen. Of course, make sure to keep drinking a TON of water. For some reason, if I’m wearing regular person clothes, sweating and being too hot is just misery … but if I’m in a sports bra and tennis skirt, I don’t mind nearly so much. That, and fans of course but I’m sure you’re already putting all those to work!!!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ames12708:   Do you have a box fan? I would put a large bowl of ice in front of it (it blows cooler air) and position the fan so that it blows on whereever you are working at that moment.

Also I would dip a bandanna in water and tie it around your head. Take a cold shower first and keep your hair wet.  Keeping your head cool will help a lot!

And drink very cold water.

Also, take some time to stick your feet in a bucket of ice water. Its like the head. Cool the feet or head and your internal temp will come down faster.

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@ames12708:  I had no AC last summer so I bought a squirt bottle at the dollar store and filled it with water. I kept that in the fridge and whenever I got really hot I’d spray myself and it felt heavenly.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Oh man I know how you feel. It’s 97 degrees here this week, a bit hotter on Monday and Tuesday (100). It’s been brutal. I’ve noticed the past couple of days I’ve been chugging lots of water and it’s helping keep me cooler than usual.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ugh, I’m 37 weeks pregnant and we spent all of last weekend schlepping 3 truck loads of crap out of our house to make way for the nursery in 90+ degree weather so I totally know how you feel.  My best suggestion is to get up as early as possible and get the work in before it gets too hot and then take a break while its the hottest.  If you’re off completely you should be able to get away with doing this a bit at a time for a few hours each morning.  

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I feel you pain, OP! The only difference is that DH won’t break down and get a portable unit, because he thinks they’re ugly! I understand that, but he’s not here day-in and day-out, sweating in places that sweat shouldn’t be! LOL! It got up to 97º in our room last night… it was horrible! I’ve just been drinking lots and lots of water, and putting ice packs on various parts of my body for moments at a time.

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