Not only are you feeling tired during pregnancy, you’re always sweaty and flushed, even in an air-conditioned room. What’s happening here?
It is normal to feel hot during pregnancy, even in the first trimester, says Dr Goh Shen Li, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in S L Goh Women’s Clinic at Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D.
This is due to hormonal changes, as well as the increased blood volume in your body during pregnancy, resulting in the slight dilation of the blood vessels in your body and skin.
In addition, your metabolic rate increases, which exacerbates the feeling of warmth. It is also common and normal to perspire more.
It’s safe to use fans or be in an air-conditioned environment. Having more frequent showers may help, as well.
Don’t forget to drink lots of water to stay hydrated – having cold fluids or cold food will help you feel cool. There is no scientific evidence to suggest that consuming these can be harmful to you or your baby during pregnancy.
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