“I’m a Hot Mama!”–Feeling the heat during pregnancy.

Baby, it is hot out there! If you are pregnant, you are probably feeling the effects more then the next person. Why do pregnant women feel so hot during pregnancy? A woman’s metabolic rate increases 15-20% during pregnancy. As this rate increases, so does heat production.  This is why you may feel like stripping everything off of your body and retreating into an air conditioned cave.   When the weather is unbearable hot, like it is right now, you can begin to feel down right miserable.  Not only that, but it can be unhealthy for you and your baby.

Keep Cool!

Barbie is feeling the heat during her pregnancy! Stay cool and keep hydrated, Barbie!

Heat stress is something to take seriously when pregnant.  It can lead to birth defects in the first two months of pregnancy–This is why women are cautioned against the use of hot tubs and saunas during pregnancy.  Excessive heat is not desireable at any time.  There is no way for a growing fetus to dissipate heat, except through mom.  If your core temperature rises, so does your baby’s.  Dangerously high core temperatures will put you at risk.

Moving the body.

Exercising though pregnancy is excellent for the body.  The increased circulation and blood volume all help heat dissipate.  Regular exercise will increase the sweat threshold response, allowing you to cool the body more efficiently.   If you can keep fit and healthy, you will then, in turn, be better equipped to handle the heat.  This doesn’t mean to go for a long run when it is super hot or  jump into a hot power class!  Precautions should be taken!

Here are some guidelines:

  • Avoid exercising in hot and or humid environments.  Exercise in a climate -controlled facility.
  • If you feel lightheaded, nauseous, faint, are excessively sweating or uncomfortably hot, STOP.
  • Avoid high intensity work-outs for prolonged periods of time.
  • Drink, drink, drink!  12 glassses, or more during the heat, will help you stay hydrated!

Always, listen to your body!  Never go beyond its edge!!!   To read more about heat and the pregnant body, click this:

http://www.aafp.org/afp/980415ap/wang.html

~Namaste

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