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.
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.
Is overheating during pregnancy common?
Almost as soon as you see that little line on the home pregnancy test, the worry seems to set in. You start thinking about the two cups of coffee you had at work yesterday, the glass of wine you sipped at dinner last week, the tuna steak you devoured for lunch 2 weeks ago. No doubt about it, pregnancy can be one of the most thrilling and most worrisome times in a woman's life. Of course, when you're pregnant, what you don't put into your body or expose it to can be almost as important as what you do. But worrying out about every little thing you come into contact with can make for a long and stressful three trimesters. And fretting about things you did before you knew you were pregnant or before you found out they could be hazardous won't do you or your baby any good. Questions abound regarding what women can and can't do during pregnancy. But the answers may not always come from the most reliable sources, so you might worry unnecessarily. Some warnings are worth listening to; others are popular but unproven rumors.
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.