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What To Do If Woman Is Feeling Slight Cold During Pregnancy?

In general, when you are pregnant, you should feel warmer than usual due to the hormonal changes in your body as well as increased blood flow to your skin.

However, many times some women actually feel colder during pregnancy than they usually would. Although these slight changes in body temperatures aren’t always a sign that something is wrong, in some cases you may want to consult your healthcare team.

We wanted to have a look at possible causes of the condition below.

feeling cold during pregnancy

A cold feeling doesn’t immediately imply something is wrong with you or the wellbeing of your little one. It might just be that your body kicks into high gear while trying to get itself cool down.

What Causes Feeling Cold During Pregnancy?

Yet there are other conditions which may leave you feeling cold while pregnant, that could require medical attention. And the wisest thing to do if you’re feeling cold is to speak to your GP.

Here are the possible causes:

Infection

The average body temperature is around 37 degrees Celcius. A fever typically occurs as the body temperature rises to or above 37.8 degrees Celsius. Having a fever can make you feel hot, but it can also leave you feeling colder.

A high fever may be a symptom of a hidden bacterial infection, or a virus, such as flu, sinus infection and etc., that can affect the health of your baby. Therefore, it’s important to have it checked out.

If your body temperature rises over 37.8 degrees Celsius, but without any other signs of fever or cold, you need to call your midwife or doctor immediately.

Anxiety

Anxiety is when you feel discomfort, nervousness, which can be mild or severe. From time to time everyone feels nervous, but for some people, it is quite difficult to control their fears. In addition, some individuals experiencing anxiety also tend to suffer from panic attacks, which can be very scary.

Panic attacks can happen randomly, even without any particular cause. They may present with the following symptoms:

  • sweating
  • tingling
  • shaky limbs
  • shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • feeling faint
  • a racing heartbeat
  • dizziness

Panic attacks usually last between 5 and 20 minutes for most people. While this may be very alarming, it is not necessarily known to be dangerous.

If you’re feeling anxious, it is important to tell your midwife or GP about your concerns, as this would help them to assist you to get the help you need. Don’t worry, they won’t judge you for these feelings, since having anxiety is very common when you are pregnant.  

Hypothyroidism

An underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism) is a condition in which the thyroid gland cannot produce enough thyroid hormone needed for the body.  Symptoms of hypothyroidism can be hard to detect, since some of them, including constipation and exhaustion, may well be identical to other symptoms usually observed during pregnancy.

Hypothyroidism has the following symptoms:

  • high sensitivity to cold
  • depression
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • muscle pain and weakness
  • slow movements and thoughts
  • constipation
  • muscle cramps
  • dry skin

Immediate treatment for an underactive thyroid is essential, since it may lead to the following complications:

  • miscarriage or stillbirth.
  • defects at birth
  • bleeding following childbirth
  • anemia
  • a child with an underactive thyroid

We know that the complications mentioned above can really sound scary. However, with proper treatment, these ailments can generally be avoided. You would need to give a blood test to assess the hormone levels, to diagnose whether you have the condition.

Anemia – caused by iron deficiency

Anemia is a blood condition where the amount of healthy red blood cells not adequate to carry enough oxygen. Haemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells, transfers oxygen around your body, which also helps you to keep warm. Anemia can be one of the main reasons that you are feeling cold during pregnancy and its symptoms include cold hands and feet.

The main symptoms of anemia include:

  • heart palpitations
  • pale skin
  • tiredness and lack of energy
  • shortness of breath

At 28 weeks of pregnancy, you need to get your blood checked for anemia. Furthermore, if you are expecting more than one baby, then the test can be conducted at 20 weeks. However, if you observe any symptoms mentioned above, you can call your midwife for a test.

Is feeling cold during pregnancy sign of miscarriage?

No, feeling cold during pregnancy does not signify miscarriage. Nevertheless, talk to your GP anytime when you are concerned about the health of your baby and your pregnancy. Again, keep in mind that even feeling slightly cold when you are pregnant does not necessarily mean anything in terms of miscarriage.

Hot Flashes Pregnancy

Unlike feeling cold, hormonal changes and fluctuations can cause pregnant women to feel hot flashes or constant warmth. Your metabolism changes and works faster with the production of an increased amount of hormones when you get pregnant in order to maintain the needs of pregnancy.

Can feeling cold during pregnancy indicate to baby's gender?

Some old wife’s tales say that if you have cold feet during pregnancy it means that you might be expecting a girl. However, the truth is that all those temperature changes in your body are mostly due to the crazy hormonal changes and fluctuations, which has nothing to do with having a boy or girl.

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