Hot flashes during pregnancy: Here’s how to cope

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Hot flashes don't just happen during menopause, even pregnant women can experience this! If you can relate, then this article is for you.

Though hot flashes pose no threats to pregnant women, they can cause discomfort and embarrassment. So it's important to know what causes them and how to manage its symptoms.

Hot flashes usually happen during the first or second trimester, when the mom-to-be is still adjusting to the hormonal changes commonly brought about by pregnancy.

During a bout of hot flashes, moms can feel as if the entire room has become as hot a sauna, causing them to sweat profusely and they can also experience dizziness or blurring of vision.

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No medical treatment is required to prevent the occurence of hot flashes. However, measures can be taken to ensure a mom-to-be's comfort.

Here are ways to manage hot flashes during pregnancy:

  • Applying a cool cloth to the forehead usually helps a mom cool down
  • Always have cold water on hand
  • Keep your weight at a healthy level
  • Exercise, but make sure the chosen activity is appropriate for your trimester
  • Acupuncture can also be recommended by certain doctors
  • Keep blood sugar at a normal level
  • Eat every three to four hours, making sure you have normal protein intake
  • Avoid eating too much carbohydrates, caffeine, or spicy food, as they tend to elevate body temperature as well as heart rate
  • Wear cool, comfy clothing
  • Stay indoors during the hottest times of the day

If you're experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, be sure to consult your doctor, in order for them to make sure you're not experiencing other pregnancy disorders, such as high blood pressure or hormonal disorders.

sources: Today's Parent, Baby Center, CheckPregnancy.com

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