Pregnant women more likely to deliver early in a heatwave

15 tips for keeping cool and well hydrated

pregnant in heatwave

by Cate Sutherland |
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Being heavily pregnant during the summer brings some blessings as well as the obvious curse (we know, you’re hot and uncomfortable enough already).

But in the face of yet another heatwave, your nightmares about swollen feet and sleepless nights can turn to more pressing concerns about surviving heat stroke and delivering early.

Research from the University of Montreal found that women who were 37 or 38 weeks pregnant were 17 per cent more likely to give birth if the temperature stayed at 32C for three days or more.

Lead author Dr Nathalie Auger said: "We suspect that dehydration reduces blood supply to the uterus, increasing the release of pituitary hormones that induce labour."

So take it easy, cast aside unnecessary jobs and look forward to walking the bub through autumnal leaves.

Here are some tips on how to stay hydrated and enjoy your last months with the bump.


pregnant in heatwave


    pregnant in heatwave

      Bridget Swinney, author of Eating Expectantly: Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy, says: "Vitamin D deficiency is very common during pregnancy and has been linked to a higher risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and bacterial vaginosis."


      pregnant in heatwave


        pregnant in heatwave

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