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Overheating During Pregnancy

How do you know if your body is overheated?

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9 January 2013

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Overheating During Pregnancy: Why It Happens

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.
  • 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.
  • Continuous vomiting.
  • 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.