Feeling cold during pregnancy

Feeling cold during pregnancy
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So you are expecting, congrats! Pregnancy is a beautiful phenomenon and intriguing experience. During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes throughout the whole 9 months mostly due to hormone changes that occur when you are with child. If you are pregnant for the first time it could take you a while to get used and adjust to the different changes and symptoms that will come about. One of the changes that bring most expecting women to consult a doctor is the change in basal body temperatures. Somehow even experienced pregnant women do not get used to this change and often wonder why it happens and how to cope with it. This article is dedicated to all expecting mothers who are always feeling cold during their pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.

Actually having questions about your pregnancy and why certain things are happening is a good thing and it’s encouraged, the more you understand your pregnancy the better you will be able to take good care of yourself and in turn your unborn baby.

If you are pregnant and have been feeling cold constantly do not stress much (it’s not good for the little one growing inside of you) there is a reason why this is happening, read on to find out what is going on to your lovely body.

 

Describing the feeling

During your pregnancy term, you can experience some basal body temperature changes which are normal in most cases. The result of these changes leads you to feel chills going up and down the back of your neck, spine and the whole back area in general. It’s almost identical to the feeling you get when you have caught a nasty cold.

In addition to feeling these chills, it’s possible to develop other flu-like symptoms like fatigue, weakness of the joints and drowsiness. Please note that the cold-related to pregnancy does not come with a hurting or itching throat if your throat hurts and you have been having some fever periods and coughing then it’s best to consult your doctor as your cold might be related to something else like an infection.

Some women feel chilled to the bones with hands and feet that are freezing cold, such expression of pregnancy-related cold is mostly due to circulation. There is a possibility of diarrhea presenting itself also, it’s quite normal, a quick fix is achieved by keeping the body covered.

 

Why do you feel cold during pregnancy?

The good thing about the human body is that most of what we feel and experience can be explained scientifically or rather biologically. So to understand better why you feel cold during pregnancy it’s important to get an insight into the causes of this feeling. There a quite a number of reasons why you would feel this way but here are the most common causes of a cold during pregnancy:

  1. Normal hormonal changes

You already know that your body changes a lot during pregnancy, what you might not know is that these changes are mostly due to hormonal changes. When your little being is growing inside of you the body has to constantly adapt to the growth and needs of the baby, as a result, there will be variations of hormones like progesterone and estrogen throughout the whole pregnancy. Our hormones will change a lot during pregnancy. A sharp increase in the hormones progesterone and estrogen will give you a flush feeling you will sweat a lot. A decrease in the same hormones will, in turn, result in a chill or cold feeling that you are obsessively worrying about right now.

  1. High basal body temperature

This cause of cold pregnancy is closely related to the above but slightly different in that its only the hormone progesterone responsible for the cold that appears in the early stages of pregnancy. Under the influence of this hormone, the basal body temperature increases and is maintained high for a period of more than 2 weeks or so. As a result of this high body temperature, you will easily feel the lowering of the surrounding temperatures and in turn get some chills. These chills will go on and persist until week 16 of your pregnancy, then the placenta formation is completed and your body temperature will slowly decrease to the normal levels explaining the cold feeling during the early stages of pregnancy.

  1. Increased metabolism

During pregnancy, the body has to ramp up a bit some of its normal processes like metabolism to actively support the growing child which is very logical since you are living for two people don’t you think? Biologically, metabolism result in the release of heat so your body has to implore some cooling mechanisms.

The majority of pregnant women will feel hotter than usual during pregnancy due to the excess heat produced by the high metabolism rate. Signs of this phenomenon include high breathing rate, increased sweating and higher blood flow to the arms and legs. Often, these cooling mechanisms can easily overdo it which will result in you feeling chilly and all those cold symptoms.

  1. Thyroid problems

If you are constantly cold during your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to consult with your treating doctor as the chronic cold feeling is a major sign and symptom of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a medical condition caused by a thyroid that is under functioning, do not worry, though, hypothyroidism is not a serious disease, it’s probably exaggerating the symptom due to the pregnancy but if you do have the condition, then it’s important to get treatment. Your doctor can confirm if you have the condition or not by performing a simple blood test.

In case you are curious, the thyroid is a small gland located in the front of your neck, its main role in the body is to produce and maintain thyroid hormone levels in the blood stream. The major hormone produced by this gland is thyroxine. A thyroid disease can affect the levels of thyroxine in your body leading to you feeling cold and fatigue among other symptoms.

  1. Nutrition problems

Another cause of feeling cold during pregnancy is problems with nutrition. Women who do not eat correctly due to pregnancy symptoms like nausea and vomiting often experience cold pregnancy. This is because your body is lacking the required nutrients to keep you warm and regenerate heat within your body.

If you are one of those expecting mothers who has not been eating well and now experiencing cold pregnancy, you should be able to fix the problem by ensuring that you eat a healthy diet and take vitamin supplements as recommended by your doctor.

  1. Cold pregnancy related to weight loss

During the time when morning sickness is getting the best of you, you may lose considerable weight. As a result, fat and lipid storage will be depleted, now it is the metabolism of fat that gives the body its heat, so a reduction in fat metabolism will make you feel cold. It would be useful to consult a nutritionist to find out what stuff to eat that will help you gain some healthy weight.

  1. Anemia

Anemia is common during pregnancy, it is most due to iron deficiency that is why most doctors recommend iron supplements to pregnant women. Iron deficiency results in low production of red blood cells, these cells are the ones in charge of transporting oxygen throughout your body. A depletion in red blood cells leads to the insufficient transportation of oxygen to the muscles which will impact the rate of metabolism, in turn making you feel cold and fatigued during pregnancy.

In addition, anemia during pregnancy can result in dizziness or temporary loss of consciousness. If you experience any of these symptoms you should not waste any time, consult your doctor as anemia can have an effect on your little bundle of joy growing inside you.

  1. Infection

Feeling cold in early pregnancy could be a sign of a contracted infection. Due to a temporary decrease in immunity, your body is very vulnerable and prone to infections during pregnancy, so a number of infections are likely to take advantage. Generally, cold feeling caused by infections are easy to spot as they are accompanied by other infection symptoms.  You should consult your doctor for proper treatment of infections during pregnancy.

 

How can you deal with the cold feeling during pregnancy?

Sine you now understand why you may be feeling cold during pregnancy it will be easier to figure out ways to handle this feeling without hurting yourself or the unborn baby. First things first you should know that it is normal to be irritated when feeling cold during pregnancy, but there is usually nothing serious or harmful about. You can go ahead and consult your doctor just to make sure and confirm the cause of the feeling. In most cases knowing the cause leads to a simple solution.

There are some healthy ways to manage your cold feeling, after all, a healthy pregnant mom leads to a healthy baby, check them out and find out what works for you.

  • Most of the time feeling cold during pregnancy is not a serious issue, just wear warm clothing and cover yourself with adequate blankets until you feel warm again. You can adjust the number of blankets and type of clothing according to your own personal need and comfort. Keeping warm will allow your blood to circulate throughout your body adequately helping ease other associated symptoms like fatigue and weakness.
  • Make it a point to eat a well-balanced and nutritious meal. Supplement with vitamins and other supplements according to your doctor recommendations. If nausea if giving you a hard time you should talk to your doctor or look for some natural healthy and safe remedies to help relief the symptom. Some good natural remedies include Ginger and root vegetables. They are readily available in most grocery shops and markets so getting them shouldn’t be a problem at all.

 

So there you have it, folks, feeling chills and cold during pregnancy is a very common phenomenon that you shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about, in particular during the first trimester. Many women go through this and the key to easing the feeling is finding out the underlying cause, fixing it and keeping healthy.

 

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