Hyperthermia: What Are the Symptoms of Overheating?
When it comes to pregnancy, monitoring your body temperature is vital... And so is staying cool in a hot climate!
9 January 2013
Last updated on 21 December 2017
Hyperthermia is the medical term for overheating which may lead to pregnancy complications and may cause contractions that could lead to pre-mature delivery birth defects.
As it is very easy for pregnant women to overheat
without realising it, it is important to know the symptoms of hyperthermia and dehydration to prevent more serious complications from happening.
The symptoms include:
Dizziness or feeling lightheaded.
Nausea or headaches.
Muscle cramps and/or an increase of body temperature.
More than five contractions or cramps per hour.
Bright red vaginal bleeding.
Swelling or puffiness of the face or hands, which are signs of preeclampsia.
Low, dull backache.
Intense pelvic pressure.
If you feel lightheaded or dizzy, lie down and put a cool cloth on your forehead
and at the back of your neck and keep your legs raised.
Make sure you get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and keep cool.
See your doctor immediately should you have any of the other symptoms identified above.