Feeling Cold During Pregnancy

Flu-like feelings of cold may be experienced during pregnancy. These feelings of cold may be present even if you are in a warm environment of bundled up in warm clothes. If you find that you are having chills or a long duration of unpleasant cold feelings, then it may be beneficial to read through this article. What follows are some common causes of cold and what you can do to warm up.

feeling-cold-during-pregnancyAnemia and Blood Flow

Due to the child’s need for blood and nutrients, the body may feel cold or sluggish. The total volume of blood in the body during pregnancy may increase drastically, but this may increase at a rate slower than needed. If you find that you are dizzy and confused while you are cold, then you may need to increase your levels of nutrients like iron and folic acid.

Prenatal vitamins and minerals may support the development of blood and blood flow. Additionally, exercise and a diet rich in vegetables and fruits are certain to help. There is plenty of time to exercise during early pregnancy. Walking and light exercises can be done if you are feelings too unwell for medium level workouts. It is important that you allow your body to gain weight as well, the additional fats and proteins are needed for the development of the child. Healthy fats from bananas and avocados will increase the health of both you and your child.

Thyroid

The thyroid, which regulates blood pressure, body temperature and numerous other things, may become over worked during pregnancy. This may cause effects similar to hypothyroidism. This may leave the body without energy or the mind without desire. If you find that you are depressed or your memory is failing as well, then you may be at risk of hypothyroid. A medical professional will be able to determine your situation.

Adding natural iodine, which is found in seaweed and kelp, may support an iodine deficient system. Exercise and a diet built around hypothyroidism will certainly help. Your doctor or dietitian will be able to give you advice on this matter.

Hormones

During pregnancy, the body can be overcome by hormonal changes. Increased levels of hormones may lead to unpleasant feelings and symptoms. Morning sickness is a common occurrence in women during early pregnancy. Vomiting can be associated with morning sickness. It is not uncommon for people who have morning sickness to have the chills. Additionally, the production of hormones requires a lot of energy in the body, and this may cause a lack of heat production.

Little can be done about hormonal changes within the body. If you find that wearing additional clothes helps you stay warm, then be certain to bundle up whenever you are able. For those who have lost weight during the beginning of pregnancy, it may be wise to gain fats and proteins through healthy vegetables, fruits and nuts. Making an appointment with a medical professional is wise if you are unable to bear the strains of the cold.

Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

You may find it beneficial to your mind to follow your basal body temperature. In the morning before you get out of bed, your body’s temperature is called your basal body temperature. During pregnancy, the BBT is higher than normal. This can lead to feelings of coldness throughout the day as your active body temperature is relatively less high than normal. By monitoring the BBT, you may find that your realization of this fact reduces the apparent coldness that you are experiencing.

To determine your BBT, take your temperature within half an hour of when you first wake up and before you get out of bed. Do not eat or drink anything before you take your first temperature reading of the day. Emotional and psychological stress may have an impact on your BBT, so it is important to try to reduce stress in your life.

Additionally, take temperature tests throughout the day. This will give you an accurate reading of your temperature and you can base your feelings on the objective temperature that you are experiencing. Take your test before meals at set intervals during the day. It will be beneficial to make a log of these readings, and be sure to write down notes of your activity levels, meals and stresses that you have throughout the day. This information will serve you well if you decide to speak with a medical professional about your feelings. They may also be interested in having this information for reference as you move through your pregnancy.

If at any time you find that you need to speak with a doctor, then do not hesitate to make an appointment with your medical provider. You are the best judge of what is normal for your body. If you find that you are having experiences that are unusual or unpleasant, then do what you feel is best for you and your child.

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