Hot flashes, though most often associated
with menopause, are quite common during pregnancy also. The increased blood
flow to your skin is the reason that makes you feel hot and flushed. Read on to
learn how to cope with this discomfort and feel
Even if the symptoms of hot
flashes are associated with menopause you must know one thing that it is
absolutely normal to experience hot flashes during pregnancy. In fact, there
are so many hormonal changes going on inside the body that a lot of things come
along your way through the entire term of
What Happens When Hot Flashes are
Hot flashes are feeling
of sudden heat in the areas of head, neck and chest. Although it lasts for few
seconds or minutes, it makes you kick the blanket off your body and fan
yourself wildly as well. Just keep in mind that hot flashes usually come and go
and this is normal. You will start sweating as your body will try to cool
You should educate yourself to differentiate between
fever and hot flashes because if you have fever, your body temperature will
remain high constantly. Therefore, stay alert and be careful because high fever
is dangerous in pregnancy. Generally, hot flashes appear during second and
trimester and may reoccur after the birth of your child
Symptoms of Hot
Sudden feeling of intense heat in
head, neck and face
It is highly likely feel hot
and sweaty even during winters with your basal metabolic rate up by 20%. You
will perspire most at night, or whenever your body is at rest. Drinking extra
fluids and bathing often will bring temporary relief. You can also use a good
anti-perspirant. Unfortunately, hot flashes cannot be prevented or treated but
you can follow the below mentioned remedies to deal with
Keep your bedroom cool so that you help yourself have
a cool environment and get a better sleep at night.
Wear breathable pajamas or put
layers of clothing that can be removed whenever you have hot
Prefer wearing clothes made of natural fabrics like
cotton or linen so that sufficient amount of air is allowed to flow near your
Take an extra shower to keep yourself fresh and
Keep a mini fan in your bag or near you.
Use wet wipes with you when you go
to your workplace.
If it is hot during the day, see
that the curtains are closed so that your room does not get warmed
Drink sufficient amount of water so that you save
yourself from dehydration.
Avoid spicy food and
Take refuge in stress reduction
techniques like meditation and yoga.
Follow a healthy lifestyle and eat
Opt for fresh fruits that have
Potential Risks to Your Unborn
Hot flashes or sudden increase
in the body temperature can cause your child’s temperature to rise. However,
you can prevent this by keeping yourself hydrated and spend time in cool places
specially at night. Avoid prolonged exposure to heat and engage yourself in
moderate exercise. If you find that the discomfort is longer, get out of the
situation and contact your doctor immediately. Sometimes hot flashes are
indication of labour which you might not recognise.
No one is sure about the actual cause of hot flashes.
However, it is a temporary discomfort and will fade away in a matter of few
seconds or at most 5 minutes. Only if you find that it is causing you a lot of
discomfort, you should not contact your doctor. If the hot flashes are
experienced in early pregnancy, there is absolutely nothing to worry about.
Sometimes it also depends on your body weight. Paying attention to food habits
and lifestyle will help you stay out of these discomforts to a great
Are hot flashes common during
pregnancy? How to deal with hot flashes during pregnancy? Can hot flashes cause
any harm to the unborn baby during pregnancy? Discuss
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