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

Posted by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:05 PM
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Massively Pregnant in the Heat of Summer or the Chill of Winter: Which Is Worse?

posted by 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:

SUMMER:

• 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.
• JESUS CHRIST IT'S SO HOT.

WINTER:

• 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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tammy_lynne
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

 
My son was born October 2nd, and this baby is due October 10th... So I don't know what it's like to be pregnant all winter.  

zetajen
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

summer is the worst. the bun in the oven saying is said for a reason. now put that oven in 106 degrees. yuck.

JessiFaye
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

My best friend has told me about five thousand times already how jealous she is that I'll be pregnant over the winter. I don't know what it's like to be THAT pregnant in Summer, so can't compare... but her reaction told me a lot. LOL

Plus, all the maternity jeans and tights I have are extremely comfortable! I'm itching for Fall weather!

MichaelsCasey
by Bronze Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:39 PM
I think summer is worse. But I am a big fan of winter anyway, lol. I'm glad I'm due in January this time :)
To_the_moon
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM
I was pregnant all summer with my daughter (she was born Dec 4th of last year) and was miserable but I'm sure no matter the season you're going to feel miserable most of the time. Lets face it pregnancy isn't easy on the body, but it's so worth the end result (at least that's what I think.)
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JustDG
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

both my daughters are summer babies (end of july and early august) so Ive never been super pregnant in the winter months.  This time I am due in January...all Im hoping for is that there is not a blizzard or unsafe conditions to get me to the hospital in time to deliver. lol.  Otherwise I think you are always uncomfy when you are huge af!!

Gingerbell.RN
by Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM
No comparison. I HATE summer anyways. Being a human oven has made me miserable.

This is my 3rd over the summer pregnancy.

I LOVE fall and winter and I thought maternity was super cute for those seasons.

Once again though... human oven so I didn't need a coat.
KPJ
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Summer is worse!!!
esox
by Silver Member on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM
I think I'd much rather be fat and pregnant over winter. Which is good considering that's when I will be all huge and ready to explode.
I was at the store yesterday talking to a lady and that's one of the first things she said! "Well congrats and enjoy your winter pregnancy!" The winter part was kind of a sneer since her last baby was an born in the end of august last year. I hadnt really thought much about it before then.
MamaPanda16
by on Jul. 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

I know that summer is no fun unless you live by a pool and have AC.  It also sucked because I had to move from the east coast to the west coast very pregnant.  This time I moved from one house to another house just a few streets down very early in my pregnancy.  I am looking forward to the winter but hoping that there isn't a snow storm when I go into labor but even that doesn't really scare me since I can just call an ambulance to get me and take me to the hospital.

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