Pregnancy and Anxiety: How to Manage Your Mental Mayhem
There's no need to suffer.
You might find yourself sitting there, feeling perfectly fine and normal.
And then it strikes:
You start to feel hot all over, sort of radiating from your face and then your body. You might start to sweat, especially on your forehead, and have the urge to fan yourself or rip off all of your clothes.
First things first: don’t worry.
Hot flashes are very common during pregnancy, especially in the 1st and second trimesters.
Although that can range from mildly annoying to very unpleasant depending on you and your body, they aren’t dangerous and usually aren’t a sign that anything’s wrong.
Why do they happen, you ask?
As far as I can tell, there is no known specific cause for them. Basically, it’s thought that they’re a result of all the changes (especially hormonal) that your body is going through.
It’s thought that common triggers could include: spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine, low blood sugar, stress, and being physically hot.
Stress can also trigger hot flashes. Even situations like being stuck in traffic or waiting in a busy line at the grocery store can be enough to set them off.
Of course, it’s important to recognize the difference between hot flashes are a fever. I’d suggest having a thermometer on hand, and if your temperature is over 100F at any time, call a doctor.
The symptoms of a hot flash are pretty recognizable.You’ll probably feel an intense heat radiating throughout your body. Really, really hot. You’ll probably have the urge to rip your clothes off no matter where you are, even if it’s in the middle of a crowded Walmart.
Your face will feel flush, and it’ll probably be red and hot, with a burning feeling. Depending on how intense your hot flashes are, you might even feel slightly nauseous.
Hot flashes tend to last a random amount of time, but it can be up to several minutes, which is never pleasant.
If this sounds at all like what you’ve experienced, it’s probably hot flashes.
Are they dangerous?
Nope, they’re not dangerous.
You might be worried about it because of the intense heat you feel, but you can rest assured that it won’t affect your baby at all
When will they stop?
I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s no answer to this.
For some moms, they last as little as a few weeks, but for others, they can last the entire pregnancy. Some moms even experience them after their little one is born. Oh boy!
If you have any advice for other moms dealing with hot flashes, let me know in the comments below!
I’d also be happy to answer any questions!