It is not uncommon to experience hot flashes as part of early pregnancy symptoms. Many women are surprised when they get them, because it is commonly associated with menopause. But experts have shown that hot flashes are also a pregnancy symptom. 50 to 70% of women have hot flashes during pregnancy, which is normal.
What are Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are experienced as unusual, unquenchable thirst, and heavy sweating. You have intense heat sensations over the face, neck and breasts. Night sweating is also seen as a symptom of hot flashes. Some cases of hot flashes come with dizziness, headaches and heart palpitations. 50% of women experience hot flashes over the neck, face, and scalp, on the upper parts of the body. The remaining half experience it all over the body. Nearly 48% of the sensations are rated mild, and go unnoticed. 39% feel it moderately, and the remaining 13 find it intense and hard to adjust to.
What Causes Hot Flashes?
The hormonal levels are what cause hot flashes. During pregnancy the hormone levels in the body tend to lower. Fallen estrogen levels cause heat sensations in the body of the mother. This should not be confused with a rise in the body temperature. If the symptoms of hot flashes do not bring heat sensations, and the temperature crosses 100 degrees, then medical attention has to be given.
What Induces Hot Flashes?
Hot flashes are normal early pregnancy symptoms caused due to estrogen level changes. Other than the bodily changes, the factors that aggravate this are hot beverages, spicy food and caffeine. In addition, hot showers and hot water baths can cause hot flashes. Emotional stress and anger can also activate hot flashes in pregnant women.
Relief from the Symptoms
In extreme cases, some women have to stop their work to cool down. Keeping the air conditioning on when indoors, wearing clothing that lets air through, etc help in reducing the heat sensations. Take plenty of water to quench thirst, supplement body fluids with liquid intake, and take cold-water baths. Swimming in cool water also helps to give better relief from hot flashes. Swimming is also recommended as an exercise.
Hot flashes can be best attended to with the help of these simple effective methods. The growing embryo need not be subjected to needless medications.