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fever in first trimester 
5th-Apr-2008 06:54 pm [fever, trimester - first]
Is it normal to have an increased body temperature during pregnancy? I have noticed on and off for the last few weeks my temperature has been in the 99s, sometimes high 99s. So I'm not sure if this is a legitimate infection or if its just my pregnant body. I also often feel heat flashes.

I have a doctor's appointment on Friday, but I'm going to try to be seen sooner if this isn't considered normal. I'm 10 weeks 5 days pregnant

5th-Apr-2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Yep.. you should see me fanning myself at work, looking like I just ran a marathon and everyone else is wearing jackets..
5th-Apr-2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
I've been told it's not good to have a fever so early on... I'd call to get it checked out; if your doctor is concerned, he/she should be able to get you in sooner. I've had a fever once since I got pregnant, and I used Tylenol to curb it, which worked. Aside from that I had a hot flash once at the beginning, but it wasn't a fever - just me feeling hot for no good reason, I guess.
5th-Apr-2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be too concerned with a low-grade fever of 99. I mean, if you are, checking with a doctor can't hurt... but the rise in hormones makes it quite normal to have an increased body temperature and hot flashes.
5th-Apr-2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
A shift in basal body temperature is the earliest sign of pregnancy. Everyone's temperature after sleeping is a little bit different. For example, mine before ovulating for this pregnancy were around 97.2, and after ovulating they were around 97.8 and climbing when I got a positive test and stopped keeping track.

So, if a normal, non sleeping temperature was 98.6, it makes total sense for it to be 99.0 in the first trimester. That's just your body working a little bit harder!
6th-Apr-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
I was actually going to suggest she browse the charts at fertilityfriend.com, because there's definitely a noticeable trend in increased temp in the first trimester!
5th-Apr-2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I would ask your doctor about it. However, I will tell you that I am 33 weeks today and have been super warm (haven't checked my temp) for a good month or more. Thanks to increased blood volume, that's just how things work! I'm actually going to have to buy a desk fan for myself for work since they can't figure out it's Spring and turn the damned heater off until second shift rolls in. Bastards.
5th-Apr-2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
Very normal. Basal body temperature tends to rise at ovulation and may rise a second time at implantation. My temperature has been running between one degree and one and a half degrees Fahrenheit since I've been pregnant. As an aside, my temperature regulation is shot, too. I've been hot hot hot even when it's cold-so much so that my husband (who is almost never chilled unless he's sick) and my mother (who I used to disagree with frequently about the temperature of the house when I lived there) were both cold when I tried to get comfortable.
6th-Apr-2008 12:19 am (UTC)
i didn't have a high temperature until i hit 20 weeks, then i was consistently getting 99's
6th-Apr-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Yes, normal! Your body is going to be an average of one degree warmer while pregnant than when you were not pregnant.
6th-Apr-2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I actually noticed the increase in my temperature (which I THINK was 99.4, could be off by a few .'s) before I even knew I was pregnant. I remember taking Tylenol in attempt to make it go down because I had a false negative pregnancy test and assumed I was coming down with something. Boy was I wrong :P.
6th-Apr-2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
It is completely normal and natural for your body to have an elevated temperature in pregnancy. The fact that my temperature was going up, and not down, was one of the first signs I had that I was pregnant.
Call your doctor if you are worried, but when I had the flu and was concerned about my fever, the doctor wasn't concerned about anything below 101. So, if you're worried, it's always good to be reassured, but know that a higher than normal temp is very normal!
7th-Apr-2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Elevated temp absolutely normal. My midwife told me that if I get a temp 102 or more to go the ER because that means that the baby could be in danger. The baby is always 1 degree warmer than you are. But heat flashes are just a result of the hormones.
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