Surviving Pregnancy in the Heat + Meet Melanie

Time to meet a new Baby Gizmo Mama!  Melanie is a new addition to our Baby Gizmo Editor family. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her two boys (and a baby on the way!) and husband and, of course, we think she’s pretty great!

MelanieMelanie Monroe Rosen is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer and mom of two boys, ages 3 and 5, who is currently expecting her third (and very much final) baby in early 2013. A former senior editor at, Melanie was surprised to discover that all of her experience breastfeeding, homebirthing, babywearing, co-sleeping, and cloth diapering actually counted as professional experience. She’s a big fan of reading both Scandinavian mystery novels (to herself) and favorite chapter books from her childhood, like those by Roald Dahl (to her kids).
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Yet another tank top & shorts day

I was going to title this one ‘Surviving a Summer Pregnancy,’ but then I remembered that not everyone lives in a world with four seasons like I do in NYC—and some of y’all probably get to enjoy heat year-round. Anyhoo… I find myself here, pregnant in the middle of August, and I am reminded of why I never wanted to be pregnant during the summer. In fact, I did my best to time my last two pregnancies specifically to avoid that—and succeeded with two sons born in April 2007 and May 2009. And then this baby snuck up on me a bit sooner than expected, and voila, here I am feeling fat and hot and crabby and… well, the list of complaints goes on.

I’m trying to be a trooper, given that I’m home with my two sons, ages 3 and 5, and they NEED to be outside—or all of us will go crazy. But I’m trying to balance their need for physical activity and fresh air with my need not to pass out or collapse of dehydration. Here’s what I’ve been doing to survive pregnancy in the hottest summer I can remember:

  • Air conditioning: OK, this is a no-brainer—but I’ve been trying to stay inside in air conditioning during the hottest part of the day. My 3-year-old still naps, so I’ve been lying down with him in our air-conditioned bedroom (nope, no central air in our house!).
  • Not cooking: This may be totally lame on my part, but I have not been able to face turning on the oven or stove much as of late. Without central air in the house, our kitchen feels like the inside of an oven even without those appliances turned on, so I’ve been trying to get creative about no-cook meals. Um, and we’ve been eating a lot of fruit, sandwiches and cereal (lame, I know).
  • Pool: We don’t have one of our own, but we’ve been hitting up friends and family who have them. Oh—and hanging out in our blow-up kiddie pool (yep, I’m rockin’ a bikini and pregnant belly in an inflatable kids’ pool—good thing our neighbors aren’t around much).
  • Lightweight clothing: I’ve been sticking to sundresses and tank top/shorts combos. I simply do not care if people think my upper arms are flabby, my massive sections of spider veins are gross, or my preggo butt looks big. ‘Nuff said.
  • Hydration: Normally, I’m kind of crap at staying hydrated. But being pregnant in the summer and knowing how easily dehydration can sneak up, I’m really trying my best here. Lots and lots of water—as well as some iced tea (in my particular case, nettle tea to help combat some pregnancy-related anemia) and my fave: lemonade. I’ve also been chowing down on lots of cucumbers and watermelon—which my midwives also recommended to help combat pregnancy-induced high blood pressure.
  • Ice cream: As if any pregnant lady needed an excuse—but really, what better way to cool off is there?!

I’m sure some of y’all have some secrets I need to be let in on (especially those of you from warmer climes)—so share your tricks to keeping cool or your fave no-cook recipes with me in the comments section!