Heat-related advice for pregnant women - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/8/09

Heat-related advice for pregnant women

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - One-hundred and six degree weather is hard on everyone, but if you're pregnant, and carrying around an extra 20 to 40 pounds, those climbing temperatures can make you even more vulnerable to heat related illnesses. 

The added baby weight can make even the simplest tasks unbearable on a hot day.  "You increase your metabolism, your heart rate goes up, and you are already carrying an extra 1200 cc's of volume, which brings your core temperature up to about 99 to begin with and then in the summer months, it will bring the heat up even more and so you feel more exhausted and miserable", says OB/GYN Nurse Practitioner Kara Gillett. 

Gillett says that if you live with or love someone who is pregnant, remind them that it is important to drink at least eight cups of water each day to help prevent the risk of dehydration and pre-term labor.  She says people tend to eat more salt when it is hot, but if you are pregnant, it can lead to pregnancy-induced hypertension. 

So, what is the best thing to do if you're pregnant in this heat?  Experts say to stay inside, keep cool, and take naps.

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