Mommy to mommy :: summer vs winter pregnancy

Happy Friday!

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?

I’m wearing
Mango quilted parka
Pull & Bear striped sweater (old)
Mango cotton shirt (old, but find similar styles here)
Mango maternity jeans
Manfield suede OTK boots (old, but find similar styles here)
Leather winter gloves, purchased in Italy (old)
H&M scarf (old)
Céline bag (similar here)
YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick – #01 Le Rouge

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. Until next time,


  1. Stella Asteria February 18, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Such a great and interesting post dear Vivian! Thank you so much for sharing with us! My best friend was pregnant last summer and tells me it’s the worst, and much better to be pregnant during winter! I have no experience whatsoever yet, but reading your post makes me think I would prefer to be pregnant during winter months, you got me on non swollen feet and not feeling consistently hot!
    Thank you for sharing with us and have a great weekend my dear!

    • Vivian Tse
      February 22, 2017 / 3:07 pm

      Hi Stella, thanks for sharing your best friend’s experience with me! I can imagine she had a hard time when she was pregnant in the summer! I hope she’s doing fine now :) Hope you’re having an amazing week so far :) xo, Vivian

    • Vivian Tse
      February 22, 2017 / 3:34 pm

      Thank you so much Camila! xo

    • Vivian Tse
      February 22, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thanks so much Melis! Hope you’re having an amazing week so far :) xo

  2. Colovibes February 24, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    OMG Vivian I have felt so identify with you!!! And totally agree with you about winter pregnancy even that everybody has told me that it is much better than have the baby in summer, which by the way I will have him on June so perhaps I will also suffer from some of those issues, since our example I already suffer from swollen feet which I already do when I walk to much!!!
    And about asking for the seats, its awful and I hate to do it do, even the ones that are reserved for “pregnant” women, I have had so many stories so far that you won’t believe it!!
    Love this post!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Vivian Tse
      March 17, 2017 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks Heidi and so sorry for my late reply! Things are getting so busy here! Just had an appointment with my midwife and she says we have to prepare now as the baby can come at anytime! I hope you’re doing welll! Sending you lots of love and hugs! :) xoxo

  3. Elizabeth Lee February 25, 2017 / 1:39 am

    For my first, my third tri was in the early fall, which can be way hot in LA. For my second, my third tri was in the late fall when it started to get very cool. I think I prefer summer because I like to wear free flowing maxi dresses (muu muus) at that stage. And I loved all the ice cream we ate! So for me, summer!

    Hope you and baby are doing well. :)

    Love, Liz

    • Vivian Tse
      March 17, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      Hi Liz! Thanks for sharing your summer pregnancy with me! I truly appreciate it :) I can imagine you prefer summer as maxi dresses suit you like a glove! Just had our midwife appointment and she says baby Tse can come at anytime! I’m so excited! :) xoxo

  4. taylorlenasmith February 26, 2017 / 3:58 am

    Such a great post! Love this look!
    I don’t have any kids because I’m only 21, but this is definitely some amazing insight for the future!
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. The Wanderliste February 28, 2017 / 2:42 am

    i really love this layered look Vivian! Hot mommy to be that’s a definite yes! Well hun, not gonna lie, I can’t give my two cent’s worth on pregnancy (I’m far from that stage in my life haha), but I can relate to not wanting to get out of bed cuz it’s so cold outside and craving sweets (which to be honest is an all season struggle haha). I just googled tompouce and it looks so delicious! Is that very popular there? I wish we have more european delicacies here but most of the time I just go for mint chocolate chip ice cream haha. Yes how basic of me. Anyhow, I’m glad your pregnancy hasn’t been too difficult lately, that’s great to hear! Can’t wait for that “day” to come! Wishing you and Wai well :) xo~ Lena

    • Vivian Tse
      March 16, 2017 / 4:46 pm

      Thanks so much Lena! You’re so sweet! Yesss, tompouce is a typical Dutch pastry! It has two layers which is filled with pastry cream. The top layer has a sweet icing, which might be too sweet for most people, but I’m loving it!! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds delicious too! Hope you’re having a great week so far Lena :) xoxo

    • Vivian Tse
      March 16, 2017 / 3:01 pm

      So sweet of you, thanks so much! xo

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