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Feeling feverish, no real fever 
3rd-Aug-2009 02:16 pm [fever, trimester - first]
Hi wonderful community,

So, I'm 6 wk pregnant. Yesterday I woke up feeling rather warm, so I took my temperature. It was 99F in the morning, which is high for me - I mean, I can feel it. No other symptoms were present. I called our hospital's advising nurse, and she told me to drink fluids and don't let the temperature rise over 100,4. I checked it throughout the day, and it was fluctuating around 99 all the time.
Today the same thing is going on, and worse yet, I feel feverish, and tired, and as if I have been ill for a while with a really high temperature. Still, my thermometer shows all the variations between 98,6 and 99F. What's going on? Did anyone had such experience? I am worried and will try to reach my doctor later today, but I was wondering if any of you have any advice.
Thank you!
3rd-Aug-2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Pregnant women run a higher temp than non pregnant women. Could be a new "normal" temp for you. And the other symptoms could just be early pregnancy getting to you.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wow. Somehow I didn't think of that.
Thank you!
4th-Aug-2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what happened to me. Hot flashes, higher then usual normal temperature, and fatigue like I've never experienced before.

This was before the morning sickness kicked in, of course. :)
4th-Aug-2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
After this discussion yesterday, I decided to give my thermometer a rest, and now I feel so much better.

BTW, it makes me wonder: why all those books and newsletters that devote so much time to morning sickness never even mention temperature changes? At least the ones I've looked through.
4th-Aug-2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
My favourite pregnancy books are the series by Anne Douglas, and she mentions temperature changes as a natural symptom of pregnancy.

The Mother of ALL Pregnancy Books is my favourite - it has a huge section on 'complaints of pregnancy' - including feeling much too hot all the time.

My husband fights me over how many blankets we need, and I'm always throwing my blankets onto him in my sleep now - I need the fan on and window open, the poor guy is freezing to death!
4th-Aug-2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
O, thank you! I'm getting to the library tomorrow to check those out.

Hmm, it might be my husband's chance to sleep with the windows open! Normally, we have it in reverse - I complain of cold and pile on the blankets, and he complains of heat.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I dont know if it is the same thing I am feeling. I am 23 weeks 2 days and I get HORRIBLE hot flashes. I can go all day with my body feeling like it is over 100 but really it is normal.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
O gosh, it sounds very familiar!
I dread the day I'll have to go to the office, though :(
3rd-Aug-2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I have lots of hot flashes & the past few days i've looked really flushed too. I'm alright though, just runnin hot! Maybe i'm fighting something off, too... but nothin' bad.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
You know, it's almost funny - I look kind of pale in the mirror, but I feel as if I have the reddest cheeks in the world :)
3rd-Aug-2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
I've been a "hot momma" my entire pregnancy so far (13 weeks tomorrow) and I usually run about 97.4 or so. Now running 99.9 or so!
I just joke that with all the hormones, not only do you have a bun in the oven, you ARE the oven. :)
Hope you feel better!
3rd-Aug-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Actually, I do feel better now! It's so good not to be alone in this :)
BTW, I was telling my husband yesterday almost the same thing, about me feeling like an oven with a broken dial!
3rd-Aug-2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
I don't have an actual fever but my fiance and I have both noticed that I feel hotter for the last few days. It's weird. No advice, but I'm anxious to see what other people say too.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
My husband insists that he doesn't feel any changes. Heh.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
i'm 36W and my entire pregnancy i've been hot. no matter where i am, even if i'm under a fan naked eating ice cubes LMFAO. it's just your hormones :]
3rd-Aug-2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
I'd better get used to them, I suppose! No fans and ice cubes for now, though, LOL.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I'm nearly 38w (oh dear god when did that happen) and I sleep naked and still wake up with swamp crotch and sweatypits.

That said, a couple weeks ago, I ran 100 even and felt like I was going to DIIIE. Achey, coughing, totally the flu. I took tylenol at the advice of a nurse and felt less fevery and achey. If you feel like it might be getting actual-sick (I spent a lot of my first trimester sick, but it was my first real winter with snow too) then tylenol and fluids are your best friends.
3rd-Aug-2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
It happens quick, does it? It's my only hope, since I'm on pins and needles waiting for the first ultrasound!

Thank you for the advice. I've stocked up on Tylenol already, just in case.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:10 pm (UTC)
i had the flu for a week, then bronchitis afterwards. it SUCKKKEEDDD SO BAD so i totally feel you, omg. my doctor had to put me on antibiotics, i felt like i was dying too. poo pregnant women. 9 months pregnant and sick? no thanks.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that's no fun...
4th-Aug-2009 12:38 am (UTC)
Seriously, I wouldn't wish the flu at 35 weeks on ANYONE. My poor husband came home to a very round, sweaty, shivering blob on the couch.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
Completely normal. Don't worry! I know it's so easy to worry especially early on. When you get farther along it gets worse, too. At least for me it has. I'm 32 1/2 weeks and the past few weeks I go to sleep and wake up sweating like none other.

But it is normal for anyone who's pregnant's body temperature to be higher than normal. As long as it isn't over 100.4 it's okay. However, my doctor said that even when you are 98.6 a pregnant person will feel ten degrees hotter than a normal person.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I feel so much better already.

And yeah, I'm thinking of checking out a book called The Panic-Free Pregnancy - ever since the day of Big Fat Positive, I sometimes feel like I am turning into the most panicky person in the world. I hope it goes away, normally I am pretty level-headed...
3rd-Aug-2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
It will. Everyone is like that at first. I was so worried about EVERYTHING, I wouldn't even take a hot shower. Trust me, you'll get better. :) It'll just take awhile until you know for sure everything is fine.
3rd-Aug-2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
Ditto on how showers, I love them so much and I feel guilty every time I open the "hot" knob a little bit more... Oh well. Time's the best doctor, as they say :)
3rd-Aug-2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, it's "hot", not "how" :)
3rd-Aug-2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem since I was about 8 weeks. I am 12 weeks and still have that problem. I sometimes feel like I have the flu and I am achey. I feel feverish but have no fever. It usually runs about 99 it never gets over 100.4 though. I am always hot. So hot. Its ridiculous.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
I agree - ridiculous and exhausting.
I am thinking still, it must probably be better than morning sickness - which I don't have (yet).
3rd-Aug-2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah way better LOL. I dont have morning sickness alot though. Hopefully it will reside since I am going into my second tri. The only time I really get hot though is at night its horrible at night time. I too have to sleep nakd. My bf has to hold a cold wash cloth on the back of my neck while I fall asleep. He has been helpful. Thank god.
3rd-Aug-2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Hormones are such LOVELY creatures huh?
thats basically all it is, your body is dealing with the hormones which makes you feel hot, so long as you dont get into the 101 range and stay there, your fine, In the beginning i simply ran some cool water on a rag and it helped a LOT
im 13 weeks wed and still have some on and off hot flashes, but think once my body got used to the hormone surger they went WAY down.
3rd-Aug-2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
>Hormones are such LOVELY creatures huh?

No kiddin'!
I have to try this cold water trick, thank you!
3rd-Aug-2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
I spent my entire pregnancy sleeping with no covers and my tshirt up, uncovering my belly because i was SO FREAKING HOT!! and your high temps are the very reason people TTC take their temperature. ;) Your temp goes up with you ovulate and then up a little more when youre pregnant!
3rd-Aug-2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
When we were TTC, I opted for ovulation strips instead of charting my basal temperature, so I wasn't ready for this experience at all :)
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