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Pregnant in the Heat of Summer or the Chill of Winter: Which Is Worse?

Posted by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 8:38 AM
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Massively Pregnant in the Heat of Summer or the Chill of Winter: Which Is Worse?

Linda Sharps

My first son was born on August 31. It was HOT. By the final weeks of my pregnancy, I was sausaged into enormous maternity sundresses that I'd once laughed at because sure, like that's EVER going to fit. Our house didn't have air conditioning and I had long surpassed that famed pregnancy "glow" for a pregnancy "all-out perspiration drench." The bones in my feet and ankles had disappeared entirely in favor of weird pillowy appendage-shapes that had the disturbing tendency to hold indentations if pressed with a morbidly curious finger.

In other words, being 80,000 months pregnant in the dog-days of summer sucked. If you'd asked me then, I would have claimed there was no way it could be less comfortable to have a baby during the dead of winter -- but then a few years later, I had my second son in February.

Now if you asked me which was worse, I'd say ... well, first I'd say what does it matter, when the joyous miracle of childbirth so thoroughly surpasses all creature comforts?

And then I'd say HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAA YEAH RIGHT. I'm pretty sure every season is the worst when you're Shamu-sized and can't even lie down for half a second without being plagued by restless leg syndrome and acid reflux. Maybe spring is actually the very most difficult time, because while the world may be celebrating renewal with adorable baby lambs and unfurling flowers, you're already-congested snout is flatlined by allergies.

In my somewhat limited experience, though, the heat of summer and the cold of winter are sort of a tie in terms of pregnancy discomfort. Let's run down the suckitudes:


• It's hot.
• Maternity swimsuits are straight-up depressing.
• Every single maternity shirt has a giant stupid bow on the back and it digs into your sweaty flesh whenever you sit down.
• Did I mention how hot it is?
• Daily medicinal applications of ice cream are critically necessary to survival, which is great until you give birth and you realize how much of the weight was NOT associated with the actual baby.
• One word: cankles.
• So thirsty. So much peeing.
• Another word: chafing.


• It's dry.
• Maternity jeans are straight-up depressing.
• Wearing a thick coat makes you look like Violet Beauregarde after she turns into a giant blueberry.
• Slippery ice is scary as hell.
• All those clothing layers give you skin tags.
• Two words: maternity tights.
• Colds last FOREVER and you can't take any drugs that actually help.
• Daily medicinal applications of warm cookies fresh from the oven are critically necessary to survival, which is great until you give birth and you realize etc. etc. etc.
• Cabin fever is way worse when you're the size of an actual cabin.

On the plus sides, flip-flops are awesome in the summer, and having a built-in heater is handy in the winter. But really, by the time you're in the final stretch of pregnancy, everything's a little rocky, no matter what time of year it might happen to be. The good news is that the end is in sight, and babies -- despite the myriad ass-pains they cause once they're on the outside of your body -- really are worth all the hassle.

Which do you think is harder for when you're super pregnant and ready to pop: summer or winter?

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by New Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:09 AM

winter for sure!  I've done both - maternity summer dresses are super cheap, maternity coats are not.  Plus, trying to undo 8000 layers on every trip to the bathroom with the little one is sitting on your bladder is no fun! I actually liked being hugely pregnant with the swimsuits - I was like, yeah my stomach is sticking out, because it's supposed to!  

by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:27 AM

I had one October baby (came a month early), one April baby (came a little over two weeks early), and one February baby (came 7 weeks early) no real hot summers to deal with when being pregnant enough where it may have bothered me. I remember the summers while pregnant with my first, but I wasn't pregnant enough for it to cause many issues with the heat yet.

I don't mind being pregnant in the winter. The maternity jeans aren't the greatest, but otherwise it's fine. It's cool so you don't have to worry about heat issues. Yes, I did look like Violet Beauregarde when she turned into a giant blueberry...that's funny, I actually took a picture and said the same thing! Haha!. But it's all in fun of being pregnant. Make fun while you only lasts a short time. Colds were hard. That was the downside. But you just deal the best you can. I'd say that's the worst of it though.

by Mariah on Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:33 AM
I live in Florida and the heat of summer is by far the worst time to be pregnant. I got sick twice because of the heat.

Our winters aren't unbearable, though. It does get cold, but it is rather comfortable when you have your own personal space heater inside of you!
by Silver Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:37 AM

i think summer... but only because i got so hot!  it was uncomfortable.

by Mom2boys on Jan. 13, 2017 at 10:14 AM

I like being pregnant in the summer. I hate wearing layers.

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by Silver Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 4:32 PM
Winter since it was hard to decorate with a big belly in the way, morning sickness made it difficult to enjoy Thanksgiving meal or Christmas cookies!
by Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 4:43 PM
I've given birth at the end of June, the end of July, and the middle of Sept.

The oldest was born in July. I was vomiting at Christmas and now I associate the amazing lotions I got with nausea.

The middle child was born in June. I was hospitalized with hyperemesis over Thanksgiving. Then in labor my entire birthday until she decided to make her appearance while I should have been having my birthday dinner.

The youngest was born in Sept. I was hospitalized with hyperemesis over Valentine's Day. But I liked being able to wear tank tops and go swimming. Plus I got to go to baby expos. Sucks that he missed the school cut off by 2wks tho.
by on Jan. 13, 2017 at 6:27 PM

I live in Florida. We have a mild winter so summer is worse for us. I've done both.

by Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 6:33 PM
I'd say summer is worse. Every pregnant woman I have known that was heavily pregnant in the summer was miserable.

I had a January baby so all I did was throw up during the summer. Being pregnant in the winter was actually pretty cool. For the first time in my life I wasn't cold and never even wore a coat. I live in the north east and winters can be brutual. It was the first and only winter (except last year) when I didn't need 3 layers of clothes, thick socks, boots, coat, gloves or scarf.

A few times I walked around in a t-shirt and maternity jeans which to me were not horrible.
by Platinum Member on Jan. 13, 2017 at 9:10 PM

I live in Florida, so summers were deficintely the worst. One of my sons was born in late July and I was miserable.

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