Bearing the heat when you're pregnant

POSTED: Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 5:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- A woman's body changes drastically during pregnancy but as the heat intensifies so do the risks.

"You're actually volume of blood almost doubles during your pregnancy. just the volume needed, so you have that extra fluids just to, to increase the volume of your blood just for the circulation," said Dr. Jonathan Osborne, a family medicine doctor. 

The most common problem during a summer pregnancy is dehydration.

"The most important thing for hydration is for the development of the baby and having enough amniotic fluid, and then, getting dehydrated can cause pre-term contractions and even pre-term labor," said Osborne.

In some rare cases the dangers of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Can cause the baby to have deformities. So doctors say avoid these problems by increasing not only your water intake, but your time indoors as well.

"You need to limit your sun exposure. I mean when it's 105 degrees outside when your pregnant, I would definitely, I mean you can go shopping, go to the grocery store. You don't need to be spending any prolonged time outside," said Osborne. 

And Dr. Osborne said with a pregnant wife at home he's always playing doctor.

"She definitely feels a lot more tired. Being pregnant is taxing on your energy anyways. So I stay on her to hydrate," said Osborne.

Doctors recommend drinking 8 glasses of water a day and avoiding things with salt and caffeine.



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