From swollen feet to sweaty brows, being pregnant during summer can be tough. But a warm-weather bump has a surprisingly sunny side, too. Next time the heat gets you down, remember these 9 reasons why having a baby on board in the summer rocks.

tank top cc Sara Neff via Flickr

Photo: Sara Neff via Flickr

1. It’s the season for dressing down. Forget trying to stuff your pregnant self into jeans or sweating in your sweaters. Summer is all about easy-to-wear maxi dresses, flowing linen tops, and comfortable, cotton tanks and shorts.

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Photo: Laura Flores via Flickr

2. You can fit in relaxation time more easily. Summertime is synonymous with vacation, so many workplaces slow down and the living is just more easy. Lay in a hammock, lounge by the pool, or take a babymoon with your sweetie.

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Photo: Dana via Flickr

3. Seasonal fruits and veggies will help you eat healthy. Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are spilling over with a rainbow of juicy and nutrient-packed produce, so treat yourself and that baby to feasts of berries, fresh corn, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant.

Chill Out cc Sarah Ackerman via Flickr

Photo: Sarah Ackerman via Flickr

4. You have an excuse to see all the summer blockbusters. When your body is working overtime, stepping into an air-conditioned theater is considered self-care. Skip the evening rush for a matinee to ensure you’ll have plenty of room to prop up your feet.

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5. You can dare to bare your bump. Gone are the days of having to hide that you’re growing an amazing person inside of you. Summer weather is the perfect excuse to show off that baby belly, so break out the two-piece swimsuits and tight tank tops.

Flip Flops cc Jairo via Flickr

Photo: Jairo via Flickr

6. Swollen feet are a great reason to wear Havaianas 24/7. Thanks to pregnancy hormones, a gal’s feet can grow half a size. Swap out painful footwear for cushy flip-flops to give your feet a break.

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Photo: Lars Ploughmann via Flickr

7. Claim you’re eating ice cream for the calcium. Your baby’s need for bone-building calcium gives you the perfect excuse to grab a cone. Or two. For other cool ways to get your nutrients, check out these healthy pregnancy smoothies.

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Photo: Valentina Yachichurova via Flickr

8. You’ll have easier access to swimming pools.  Submerging yourself in water gives you instant relief from the heat as well as aches and pains. Plus, there is no more gentle (but effective!) exercise than swimming or water aerobics when you’re working out for two.

Cuddly baby cc Alan Strakey via Flickr

Photo: Alan Strakey via Flickr

9. Your snuggly, warm cuddle buddy will arrive just in time for cooler weather. Having your baby in your arms as the days turn cool is an excellent reward for being pregnant in the summer. Baby snuggles are always special, but there is something particularly wonderful about cuddling a newborn wrapped in a fuzzy blanket in the fall and winter months.

Did you enjoy being pregnant during the summer? Tell us in the comments.

— Suzanna Palmer and Eva Ingvarson Cerise