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Average Body Temperature 
18th-Oct-2010 01:39 pm [fever, overheating]
My temperature finally decided it was going to stay at 99.7 or lower today without medication (after that less-than-awesome reaction to my flu shot last Friday). Is it normal for your temperature to be higher than usual when you're pregnant? My body temp BEFORE I was pregnant was usually between 96.8 and 97.2.

18th-Oct-2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Yes. In fact, if you're using the FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) as birth control or to get pregnant, you watch for a 10-day stretch of increased body temperature after ovulation to indicate pregnancy. But that can be as small as a .2 shift above whats normal for you, and basal body temperature to boot. I'm not sure how normal it is to be a whole 3 degrees higher, but that 10 day boost is immediately after conception. Given that you're significantly farther along, I don't know if 3 whole degrees is normal. I do know that since being pregnant, I have been hot ALL THE TIME, as *feeling* hotter is perfectly normal in pregnancy, I suspect BEING hotter is as well.
18th-Oct-2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
Well, see, the FEELING hotter thing is what gets me. I do feel a little hotter, but when I was running a higher fever the hotter I felt, the cooler my temperature actually was. And then when I felt cold, I actually had a higher temperature!

This whole thing where my body feels "off" because of pregnancy is making me want to pull my hair out! I never know what my body is actually trying to tell me with all these strange aches and pains and tummy gurgles!

Maybe I'm just going loony. Does that make one's temperature rise? :-P
18th-Oct-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
lol. I dont think mental state has anything to do with it. But I DO think that you have a loooong way to go and feeling off will get far far worse before it gets better. lol. Wait til your stomach hurts or you have gas pains and your stomach and intestines are nowhere near where you expected them to be....
18th-Oct-2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
You are so not helping. :-P
18th-Oct-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
hey darlin', this pregnancy thing isn't a stroll in the park. :) I'm told it's worth it in the end though. You'll soon realize I AM helping - misplacing your organs is tame compared to some of the other "delights" of pregnancy. :)

Although listening to my husband beg me to let him turn the heat on (we're in northern Canada and it's rather chilly here already) is amusing - it's usually the other way around and turnabout is fair play.
18th-Oct-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
My SO keeps asking why it is necessary for me to have a blanket and point the fan at my face at the same time. I can't sleep without my blanket, but the world just seems to be getting warmer even though winter is slowly rolling closer.
18th-Oct-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
You're lucky - at least you're not going to be pregnant through the summer!!!!

I told my husband that the next time he knocks me up, it better be August/September.
18th-Oct-2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
Haha, I've heard from many people that I'm awfully lucky and I believe it too! But I still have the dilemma of how to afford a jacket that will actually cover my tummy in January. All the preggo jackets that I've seen thus far are far more expensive than my usual trip to the thrift store for winter clothes! Plus, some of those summer maternity tops were so freaking cute! And they're on sale right now, but they wouldn't do me any good.
18th-Oct-2010 07:38 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't discount the summer maternity tops. Even as it gets into winter, with your wacky body temps, you'll want to layer so you can take stuff off/put it on to be comfortable. Indoors, I usually wear tank tops (without the heat on, in Northern Canada, it's already below freezing at night). When I go out, I usually layer a tank top, a long sleeve T, a hoodie and a light jacket, and peel layers off as I see fit. So I say if you see cute summer maternity tops on sale, go for it and just layer em all winter. You'll be more comfortable anyway.

As for the jacket fitting, I'm plus sized, so if I outgrow my normal heavy winter jacket, I'll likely have no choice but to spend quite a bit of money on a new one. But if you're normal sized (which from the pics it looks like you are), you probably will be able to find either a maternity winter jacket or just a big one, at the thrift store. Alot of my "maternity" stuff isn't even maternity - I just bought a few sizes bigger at the plus-sized store and am still wearing them into my 8th month. It doesnt have to be maternity to fit right!
18th-Oct-2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I lovingly called my first child and now this one, my "personal space heaters". I run warmer temperature-wise when pregnant.
19th-Oct-2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
yes, it's normal
19th-Oct-2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
I usually run at 97 pre-pregnancy and during this entire pregnancy I've been at 98 and 99
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