why do pregnant women get so hot

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, your metabolic rate also increases, which can also add to that overheated feeling. You might find yourselfВ
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Your blood volume в and internal thermostat в will return to normal after delivery. Until then, youвll have to find ways to deal with feeling hot. Consider dressing in light layers so itвs easy to add or remove clothing quickly as needed. You should also. Staying well hydrated will prevent dehydration and make you feel more comfortable, especially when itвsВ. Consider investing in a couple fans в we recommend having one on your desk at work and one in your bedroom. * Plus, more from The Bump: * в_Kelly Kasper, MD, OB/GYN and associate clinical professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine Absolutely.

When you take your seat on the pregnancy hormone roller coaster, hot flashes like may come along for the ride. Regular fluctuations in hormone levels, particularly drops in estrogen, are to blame for surges of heat that can drive us to kick the blankets off at night or fan ourselves wildly in the checkout line.

These flashes usually affect the head, neck, and chest, and can last "from seconds to minutes," says Laurie Gregg, an ob-gyn based in Sacramento, California. About 10 percent of her patients complain of hot flashes during pregnancy, Gregg says. Generally, hot flashes are more common in the second and third trimesters and may be even more frequent after your baby arrives. "That's because your hormones lower after pregnancy and will stay low if you're breastfeeding," says Gregg.

In one study of pregnant women, 29 percent reported having nighttime hot flashes after delivering their babies. Hot flashes that come and go are perfectly normal, says Gregg, but it's important to know the difference between a hot flash and a fever. Fevers elevate your body temperature, whereas hot flashes don't.

Fevers can signal an infection, and high fevers can. "If your temperature is over 100 F, call your healthcare provider," says Gregg. Strategies for coping with hot flashes are pretty low-tech. Try wearing layered clothes that way when a "power surge" strikes you can shed your long-sleeved shirt and cool off in your tank. And know that hot flashes, too, shall pass though they'll probably be back when you hit menopause!