Hot Flashes During Pregnancy: What Do They Mean?

Suffering from hot flashes during pregnancy? Find out what causes them and how you can stay cool.

Hot flashes or feeling feverish during pregnancy is perfectly normal. However, this sensation can be annoying especially because there’s no telling when they will happen. Oftentimes, you’ll find yourself feeling uneasy and uncomfortable. Fret not, because in this post you'll learn the reasons why you're having them and how to keep your cool when it happens.


What Causes Hot Flashes?

More than 50% of pregnant women experience hot flashes which usually takes place during the first and second trimester. This happens due to the fluctuating or changing levels of hormones (primarily estrogen). The increase in your metabolic processes is also to blame for this, but it’s not something to worry about because it’s just a normal bodily response and are usually harmless which don’t require medical treatment. In addition, several factors such as food, activities, drinks, and temperature, can trigger this from happening. This is why it’s important to know what sets your hot flashes off so you could avoid them.


Will They Stop?

Hot flashes often happen following the conception stage. Some moms-to-be even identify it as a symptom of pregnancy. As to how long will it last, there's no telling on the definite time. Some pregnant moms experience them for a short period of time while others have to constantly deal with them all throughout the entire pregnancy. The good news is there are some steps you could do to make these episodes more bearable.


Dealing with Hot Flashes

There are plenty of things you could do to keep your cool in case you feel feverish during pregnancy. Here’s a list of things you could try:


  • Avoid trapping heat in your body by wearing loose-fitting clothes. Beat down the hot and feverish feeling by drinking cool water and ensuring you’re hydrated.
  • Take the heat off your body by showering twice or more. This will remove the sweaty and sticky feeling.
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet and avoid consuming spicy food, caffeine drinks, and carb-rich meals because these things could spike up your body temperature.


These are just some key takeaways about handling hot flashes during pregnancy. If these tips don’t work, you can talk to your doctor to learn more about other specific steps you can take.

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