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Pregnant in Summer? Here’s How to Cool Off!

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  • Pregnant in Summer? Here’s How to Cool Off!

Pregnant women already have a higher blood volume and a slightly higher body temperature… so being pregnant during summer (especially in your third trimester) can be an extra challenge to your comfort and your energy level. Here in North County Coastal San Diego, many homes are without air conditioning because of how mild it is for so much of the year! We found a few tips (besides the obvious, like stay in the shade and stay hydrated) to help you keep your cool:

  • MINT is a cooling herb according to modernmom.com. Incorporate it into some of your recipes or even better, into your favorite mocktail! Our friends over at First Coast Doulas have two great mocktail recipes for you.
  • And oldie but goodie – put some ice water in a bowl for dipping a washcloth, squeezing it out, and applying it to your forehead, or rubbing it all over! Do this in front of a fan and it’s pure bliss.
  • And finally, if you’re in North County Coastal San Diego, or anywhere near water for that matter, go take a dip!

When you’re ready to let us pamper you after your baby or babies finally arrive, call us or read more about our Postpartum Doula Services.

Kathryn KeenerPregnant in Summer? Here’s How to Cool Off!
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NOT Your Mother’s Mothers’ Day

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  • NOT Your Mother’s Mothers’ Day

Do you feel it?

I think the way we look at moms is shifting…

I think there is greater recognition for what we do. For the parts that are tangible and the parts that are not. For what we sacrifice and don’t get back, even if yes, there are sweet rewards. For the costs – to our bodies, our careers, our psyches when we wonder if we are doing right by our children. (Approaching discipline in an age-appropriate way? Over scheduling or under scheduling them? Leaving them too much or helicopter parenting? Respecting their preferences or coddling???) I think, for a few reasons including those below, we might be approaching a cultural shift towards a climate where we honor and revere mothers for all they do. Where we stand in solidarity with any mother who feels judged, gypped, or unsupported. Where we elevate the status of motherhood to where it is consistent with the significance of bearing life, nurturing bodies, spirits and minds, to where it includes acknowledgement of giving up any chance at autonomy or predictability, any chance of being able to make one decision that doesn’t hinge on four or five others, any chance of ever feeling like we’ve mastered anything for a good 18+ years, or probably forever.

Kathryn KeenerNOT Your Mother’s Mothers’ Day
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