You probably already know that you shouldn’t sit in a hot sauna or spend too much time in a hot tub when you’re pregnant. However, you may not realize that simply taking a walk on a warm day or wearing the wrong clothing could also endanger you and your baby. Knowing the causes and complications of overheating during pregnancy will motivate you to keep cool.
Pregnancy Is a Risk Factor
Your core body temperature is already higher than normal when you’re pregnant. As your baby grows, your body uses more energy to carry him around, which can boost your chances of getting overheated. When your temperature starts to creep up, your body uses much more energy to cool itself down and cool down your baby’s body. If your body overheats, you may develop cramps, nausea, faintness, or even life-threatening organ damage. Also, your baby may be at risk of birth defects if your body temperature is too high during the first trimester, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Additionally, you may be at a greater overall risk of miscarriage if your body temperature gets too high at any point during pregnancy.
When you don’t drink enough water, you don’t perspire as much. Not perspiring enough could cause your body to become too warm too quickly. Getting dehydrated during pregnancy can also lead to loss of blood volume and more concentrated levels of the contractions-inducing hormone oxytocin. Because of this, drinking enough water can help reduce your risk of preterm labor. Reach for the water bottle regularly all summer to get at least eight to 10 glasses of it per day. Be especially prudent about drinking water when you exercise. If the idea of drinking 10 plain glasses of water in a day seems boring and impractical to you, reach for some seltzer water and squeeze some fresh fruit juice into it.
Wear Light and Loose Clothing
Keep two main “Ls” in mind when choosing your warm weather attire: light and loose. While da