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Pregnant and feeling the heat? Mums-to-be share their tips for keeping cool.... and calm!

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 27/06/2018 Emma Gill
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Temperatures are soaring and while that's good for most of us, it's not great fun for the pregnant ladies out there.

a person posing for the camera: Abi Thompson with daughter Arabella, 12 (Pic Tom Gradwell Photography) © Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Abi Thompson with daughter Arabella, 12 (Pic Tom Gradwell Photography)

Pregnant women feel the heat more on an average day, so with the weather so warm Manchester's mums are searching for ways to keep cool.

We asked some of them for advice on what pregnant ladies can do to cool down.

Whether it's sitting in a child's paddling pool, crunching on ice or putting on some wet socks, mums-to-be are doing what they can to beat the heat.

Maternity nanny Abi Thompson, 31, shared her advice when she was expecting her fourth child and was doing anything she could to keep cool.

She said: "I'd recommend cooling leg gel for hot swollen feet, keep your feet raised when you can.

"Fill a hot water bottle with cold water and freeze all day. Wrap it in a pillow case then use it for hot restless feet at night.

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"Have a fan with a bottle of iced water in front and cold water soaked muslins lay on you, particularly around the neck .

"Also, eat lots of ice lollies, use fine water spray, have a lukewarm shower before bed and keep your bump oil in the fridge. I recommend Potionshops bump oil, an organic baby brand made in Manchester."

Karen Edwards told us: "Running your wrists under cold tap cools your blood down.

Feet in the padding pool. Lots of ice and ice pops."

While Katy Taylor found the coolest place to be was the supermarket.

She said: "I'm now 10 days overdue. It's been really difficult this weekend. The most pleasant experience I have had was walking round Asda yesterday as it was so much cooler."

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Kirsty Bennett discovered that wet socks did the trick when she was expecting her second child.

She said: "I read about putting cold wet socks on feet at night. I'm 35 weeks pregnant and this helped me over the weekend.

"I still woke every two hours and the socks were bone dry again so had to re wet them but I found it to be the only thing that worked for me."

Paramedic Mandy Mattison was also suffering with the heat when expecting baby number two.

She said: "I'm struggling at 34 weeks, feet in cold water help, lying with the fan on but I'm dying. A big work uniform and boots is no good."

Janine Davies took to lying in her child's pool to cool off.

She said: "I'm 40 weeks today and have spent most of my time over the past few days in my four-year-old's paddling pool."

Cara Steele said the same: "Get your feet in a paddling pool or even better just sit in it. I'm glad it wasn’t quite this hot last year when I was pregnant."

For Zara Froggatt, mum to toddler Keeva, ice did the trick when she was expecting her daughter Lola.

She said: "It's a struggle at 35 weeks. Ice cubes, lots of them, and a bottle of frozen water in front of the fan."

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With many women finding their skin is more sensitive to the sun - and therefore more likely to burn - during pregnancy, it's more important than ever to cover up and keep cool.

The NCT charity has produced its own guide to help mums-to-be to 'beat the heat' with tips including:

Water yourself - Keep a bottle of water with you during the day and try and drink frequently. At night, keep some water nearby and, if you wake up, have a sip (even if it might mean a night-time trip to the toilet).

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Stay out of the sun - Avoid staying out in the sun for long periods of time. If you are outside, use a sun hat or sunshade/umbrella and try and go out during the cooler parts of the day (generally before 11am and after 3pm).

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Clothing and bedding - Try and wear loose clothing during the day, as this allows air to circulate closer to your skin and hopefully cool you down. Lightweight, natural fabrics, such as linen or cotton, are better than synthetics. At night keep bedding to a minimum. A light sheet over you can actually help you feel cooler than no sheet at all.

Keep your cool on public transport - If you’re on public transport, make sure you have your ‘Baby on board ’ badge so people can clearly see you’re pregnant and (hopefully) offer you a seat. Being able to sit down can help you feel more comfortable.

Chill out...and put your feet up - If you can, try and avoid doing too much when it’s hot. Pregnancy can be tiring even when it's cool so rest when you can. Leave anything that isn’t essential or, better still, ask someone else to do it.

NCT's helpline offers practical and emotional support in all areas of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood: 0300 330 0700.

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