It is not uncommon for women to experience fevers during pregnancy. Running a fever during pregnancy does not necessarily mean your unborn baby is in danger, but it’s often a symptom of an underlying condition that could harm your growing fetus. A fever is the body’s approach to fighting off an infection.
Fevers typically occur when the body’s temperatures rise beyond a certain limit. The body’s average temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), so if your body temperature rises above these numbers, you should seek medical attention immediately to protect yourself and your baby from harm.
Some pregnant women may find it hard to distinguish if they are running a fever or just a little bit hot. This is because hot flashes associated with hormonal swings are common during pregnancy. Besides, your growing unborn baby also radiates heat that causes your body temperatures to rise.
When it comes to fevers, the number of your temperatures often reflects their severity. This is why you should start bringing down your temperatures right away with over the counter medications before calling and meeting your doctor.
The major symptom of fever during pregnancy is a body temperature that exceeds 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 degrees Celsius), but other signs and symptoms may include fatigue, dizziness, nausea, chills, back pain, shortness of breath, sweating as well as alternating between feeling cold and feeling hot.
Fevers could be caused by many things but some of the most common potential causes of fevers during pregnancy include the flu, Covid-19, cold, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, genital infections and ear/respiratory infections.
Fevers can be treated during pregnancy but the treatment method will largely depend on the cause of the fever. Doctors typically prescribe antibiotics to treat fevers caused by bacteria infections, whereas antiviral medications are used to treat fevers caused by viruses such as flu. That said, fevers can sometimes resolve on their own, without any treatment, but this should not stop you from reporting it to your doctor for further investigations, because it could be a sign of a serious condition.
It should be noted that fevers during pregnancy rarely result in pregnancy loss, but could be harmful to your unborn baby. Research has revealed that fevers in pregnant women could result in other complications, including congenital irregularities and autism.
It is not easy to prevent fevers, but you can always prevent getting infected by viruses and bacteria that cause them by getting your flu shot, avoiding close contact with sick people, washing your hands frequently and putting on your face mask.