pregnancy during summerAre you pregnant, and expecting to deliver in the next month or so? Now that summer is here, beware! The heat can do something unexpected to your pregnancy. It is not uncommon to hear of pregnant women complaining of the heat – it always seems like they feel hotter than the rest of us. Well, a recent study has shown that maybe it’s their body’s way of telling them that they need to be careful!

According to a team of researchers from the University of Montreal their research shows that, if the mercury climbs very high, there is a fair chance that you may go into early-term labor.

The survey that stretched over 27 years, analyzed data from more than 21,000 births. What they were looking at in detail were the maximum temperature recorded during the week before birth, and also the number of consecutive days when the mercury climbed to 89 degrees or above in the preceding week.

The results were pretty unambiguous. They found that if the temperatures had been 87 degrees or more for four to six consecutive days, there appeared to be 27 percent likelihood that women would have early-term births. Here ‘early-term’ is taken to indicate births that happened between 37 to 38 weeks. A full-term pregnancy is characterized as taking place after 39 weeks. So a heat wave can cause you to have a slightly premature baby.

Although it is definitely possible to have a healthy baby at 37 or 38 weeks, a study recently published in ‘JAMA Pediatrics’ found that there remains a risk for early-term babies being born with health issues and also developing problems right after birth. The need for respiratory support, for instance, or admission to neo-natal intensive care units is observed.

Given the long period of study and the very large number of cases studied, the researchers have concluded that these findings are definitive.

The question however is – What really happens? What are the actual reasons? Again, for the answer we must go back to the findings of the researchers.

  1. One possibility is that contractions could be intensified by the heat.
  2. Another belief is that the advancement of pregnancy makes you increasingly more sensitive to heat. The reason being the ability of thermoregulation – the system that your body has to control the temperatures in itself – is reduced by the condition of pregnancy.
  3. A third theory says that dehydration due to high temperatures may cause a reduction of the blood flow through the uterus and increase the discharge of hormones from the pituitary gland, inducing labor as a consequence.

In any case, ladies, as you may have guessed, all is not lost. In fact, worrying about it could probably make the condition worse! The good news is that there are always means to lessen or completely avoid the effects of a heat wave.

In fact, the same researchers set out these strategies to help you cope: if you know of an approaching heat wave, it’s best to stay indoors – that way you are out of the heat and in air conditioning. In fact, that also allows you to get some rest – something you probably already need so late in the pregnancy.

However, it may so happen that you cannot do that for some exigency. In that case, stay well hydrated, and take frequent breaks in the air conditioning, if possible, to keep the body temperature down. This way you can completely avoid the risks.

So what to do if you are approaching the birth of your baby, and it’s high summer? Stay hydrated, stay cool, use the air conditioning to stay safe, and you will have no problems with your pregnancy.

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