A fever during pregnancy can be harmful to a baby, but it usually isn’t. Twenty percent of pregnant women in the U.S. have a fever at least once during their pregnancy, and the vast majority of them have healthy babies. A fever is least worrisome if it’s low (below 101 degrees F) and if it’s short lived.
When should I worry about a fever during pregnancy?
Generally, the rule is the same during pregnancy: A temperature of 100 or 101 degrees Fahrenheit is considered a fever. If your temperature reaches 101 degrees F, call your practitioner immediately, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Why do we get fever during pregnancy?
Pregnancy weakens the immune system to help ensure that the body does not reject the developing fetus. Changes in the respiratory system can also make pregnant women more vulnerable to colds and the flu, and a fever is a common symptom of these conditions.
What temperature is dangerous for pregnancy?
Armpit or forehead: Doctors consider 99.3oF (37.4oC) and above a fever. Mouth: Doctors consider 100.4oF (38oC) and above a fever. Rectum or ear: Doctors consider 101oF (38.3oC) and above a fever.
What is your temperature when pregnant?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that pregnant women never let their core body temperature rise above 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. (A pregnant woman’s body temperature is often already elevated around 0.4 degrees above the normal 98.6.)
Can a bad cold affect pregnancy?
Will having a cold affect the baby? Having a cold during pregnancy will not usually affect the fetus. Colds are mild illnesses that a person’s immune system can handle relatively easily. Having a cold during pregnancy will not usually affect the fetus.
Does being sick while pregnant affect the baby?
Maternal Cold or Flu with Fever During Pregnancy May Be Linked to Birth Defects. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that women who had a cold or flu with fever just before or during early pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby born with a birth defect.
Is 99 a fever?
An adult probably has a fever when the temperature is above 99°F to 99.5°F (37.2°C to 37.5°C), depending on the time of day.
Can you feel hot in early pregnancy?
Waking up hot
Feeling overheated for 2 weeks or more when you wake in the morning may be an early sign of pregnancy. Following ovulation, your body temperature can be higher than normal. If it doesn’t regulate over the next couple of weeks, this could be a sign of pregnancy.