Heat and Pregnancy, tips to keep mom and baby safe during summer temperatures

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BATON ROUGE, LA (LOCAL33) (FOX44) – The extreme Louisiana heat can have an impact on many, but especially for pregnant women.

According to the American Heart Association hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated.

According to Dr. Karroll Payne, OB/GYN with Ochsner Baton Rouge, when you’re pregnant, your body is already working hard to keep you and your baby healthy. If you add the hard work of keeping cool the heat can push you over the edge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said overheating symptoms include warm skin, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps and nausea.

Officials say staying hydrated is one of the most important things. Dr. Payne said dehydration is one of the causes of Braxton Hicks or so-called practice contractions, and it also can increase dizzy spells and fainting.

Dr. Payne said if a pregnant woman gets dizzy and falls, that can cause early labor or placental abruption, which might increase chance of early delivery.

To learn more about heat and pregnancy related injures and impacts visit the American Heart Association’s website.

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