I know, this topic might not be relevant to everyone, but I still want to talk about it since I’d like to know what your thoughts are. Not sure if this is true, but when it comes to the final trimester of the pregnancy, I hear a lot of experienced mommies saying that being pregnant in the winter time is way better than in the summer time. Like I mentioned before in my previous posts, being pregnant can be challenging sometimes. Your body is going through a lot of changes during this period. Not only your body changes a lot, but also your way of thinking, mood, eating habits and so on.
// Summer pregnancy
Let’s talk about summer pregnancy first. It may come with a lot of unexpected surprises such as the heat, sweat, body temperature, swollen feet and so on. Some women, including my mom who was (heavily) pregnant with my older sister, felt miserable and sweaty all the time because of the heat. She got swollen feet and she had a hard time standing and walking on hard surfaces. She also felt dehydrated so she kept drinking water and ate loads of water-rich fruits at that time. These might sound familiar as many mommies told me about these “issues” as well. One of my friends couldn’t focus at work and she even claimed her pregnancy made the summer seem hotter. However, there are also pros for being preggo during the hot season.
– The sun, also known as vitamin D is a great benefit. We all know vitamin D is important for everyone (even when you’re not pregnant). We need this since it helps you to regulate and absorb essential minerals such as calcium and phosphorus in your body. Also, it supports the development of your baby such as building healthy teeth and bones.
– Long summer days are a plus too. We get more hours of daytime which can affect your mood in a positive way. You can do more outdoor activities such as joining a BBQ backyard party or you can do some exercises. Going to the pool sounds like a great idea, don’t you think? A happy mommy means a happy baby!
// Winter pregnancy
When it comes to winter pregnancy, I can’t really complain to be honest. But if I really have to mention a few cons, I’ll come up with the following:
– Winter days get shorter and colder. For me, sometimes I find it hard to get up for work since it’s so cold and dark outside. It makes me feel like I want to stay in bed all day long.
– For as long as I can remember, I always have dry skin issues in the winter. During my pregnancy, my skin seems to be getting drier, though I drink lots of water, give my skin an extra boost of moisture from time to time.
– Avoiding a cold or a flu seems almost impossible (unless you are staying at home the entire winter and you’re not surrounded with people). You can get easily sick, whether it’s in the gym, at work, in the train or even when you’re running errands.
– I feel less motivated to exercise though I love doing workouts. But when I think of getting in the car, driving to the gym in the cold, doing warming up before I can really start my workouts, it makes me feel like “it takes a lifetime to get there, I’d rather stay at home.”
– People don’t always see I’m pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I want to get attention, it’s because I don’t want to ask for a seat every time when I travel by public transport. I’m all bundled up in my winter clothes just like everyone else. But when I travel by train and I want to get a seat, it can be frustrating sometimes. People can’t see I’m pregnant which I don’t blame them. Luckily, I do have a solution for this (thanks to my little sister), but I’ll save this for the next mommy to mommy post :)
Moving to the pros of a winter pregnancy. My winter pregnancy has been great so far.
– Unlike my mom, I don’t have swollen feet so far. I can still wear my regular shoes.
– I don’t get sweaty and I don’t feel constantly too hot.
– This may sound gross, but I don’t have to feel ashamed when I’m not able to shave my legs. Hey, I know what you’re thinking now – I’m not a hairy monster if you ask me hehe, but sometimes I just forget to shave my legs.
– I’ve already mentioned the con of winter layering, but I can actually see more pros than cons. You can hide your bump or the extra kilos whenever you want. Layering your clothes keep you warm and look stylish at the same time.
– Getting tired doesn’t always suck. It’s no secret I love shopping. But I’ve noticed I don’t want to shop as I get easily tired now. Plus, I don’t like to shop when it’s cold outside. This means I can save some money which is a huge yay!
– I’ve been craving sweets a lot lately! Nothing beats a nice cup of hot bittersweet chocolate with a chocolate chip cookie or a Dutch tompouce during the colder days. Yumm!
If you’re a February girl like me, your birthday will feel more special as you’re carrying your baby :)
Alright, that’s it for today! For the mommies or mommies-to-be out there, I’d love to hear your experience! Please share them with me! For the ladies who are not pregnant (yet), if you could choose, would you go for a summer or a winter pregnancy?
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,