But do you also need to literally keep your cool to protect your growing baby? Yes — to a degree no pun intended. Medical research shows that over heating during pregnancy can put your baby at risk. These complications are called neural tube defects. That pregnancy glow is very likely part joy and part flushing from heat. Your skin may feel warmer to touch. At the beginning of your pregnancy, new hormones are like little workers that help keep everything humming along smoothly. These hormonal changes also raise your body temperature a small amount.
Hot, sticky weather can be uncomfortable for anyone. But for pregnant women, the summer heat may be particularly risky. That's because getting too hot or dehydrated can pose a risk of pregnancy complications, experts say. Dehydration "can create a lot of potential problems" for pregnant women, said Dr. As a general rule, doctors caution pregnant women to avoid being in "any situation where they get too hot," Aftab told Live Science. One worry is that hyperthermia , or abnormally high body temperature, in early pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. In particular, there's evidence that women who experience hyperthermia in the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy are at higher risk of having babies with defects of the brain or spinal cord known as neural tube defects , such as spina bifida , Aftab said.
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By Raina Delisle August 7, The exam room became a sauna. My vision blurred and, for a moment, my baby seemed to have two heads. The technician gave me a cold cloth for my forehead and sped through the rest of the exam. Soon after leaving, however, I felt fine, and admired the photos of my lovely, healthy, one-headed baby. Hot flashes affect more than half of pregnant women, usually in the first and second trimester and on a weekly basis, according to a study from the University of Pennsylvania.
Feeling overheated? Chalk it up to increased blood volume. During pregnancy, the amount of blood in your body increases by as much as 50 percent. To better handle all that extra blood, your blood vessels dilate slightly, allowing the blood to come of the surface, which can make you feel hot. In the third trimester , your metabolic rate also increases, which can also add to that overheated feeling. You might find yourself sweating more too. The good news? Your blood volume—and internal thermostat—will return to normal after delivery. You should also drink plenty of water.