Look, there were a lot of things I wish I knew before my first pregnancy. And feeling cold during pregnancy is one of them!
No, your partner didn’t turn the thermostat down in the middle of winter. This is a real thing –I promise!
After reading up on it after week two of feeling like I was living in an actual snow globe, I learned that body temperature changes are a normal part of pregnancy.
However, many women tend to feel warmer than colder because of the increased levels of hormones, which totally make sense!
And let’s make this clear, just because you think being colder is worse than being warmer doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with you!
So, before you start looking your symptoms up on Google and willingly contributing to your anxiety based off of what WebMD says, keep on reading because this post is here to help ease your worries. Trust me, I’ve been there, done that.
Now grab your favorite cozy blanket, and let’s find you why you’re feeling cold during pregnancy!
4 Possible Reasons Why You May Be Feeling Cold During Pregnancy
Like I said before, your body goes through so many changes during pregnancy that I lost count after the first trimester!
However, it’s always better to be extra cautious when you have a little one growing inside you. Let’s look at some of the medical causes as to why you may feel colder than usual.
1. Morning Sickness and Weight Loss
Ladies, if I am being 100% honest with you, boy, am I ever so grateful that I’m not greeted by this every morning!
Like many women, if you have been suffering from nausea and morning sickness in the first trimester, there is a high chance that your eating patterns may have changed.
This can actually affect your core body temperature and cause you to experience the chills as opposed to a normal clamminess that is usually accompanied by vomiting.
Because your body isn’t receiving the right amount of nutrients, it will source its energy from the fat on your body, which in time can cause you to feel colder than usual.
Ensure you are nourishing your body with vitamins, minerals, and proteins with the right amount of carbs to help your body burn energy the healthy way!
2. You May Have Anemia
Developing anemia when you are pregnant is actually more common than you might think!
For those of you ladies that don’t know what anemia is, it is basically a fancy term for being low in iron.
When your blood doesn’t have enough healthy blood red blood cells, this can affect how your blood circulates in the body.
Red blood cells carry oxygen, and when there is a deficiency, you can feel low in energy and cold.
This one is obvious, ladies. The surge in hormones within your body for 9 whole months can seriously put your body through the wringer!
Therefore, it should be no surprise that your body experiences either cold or hot flashes!
4. You May Have an Infection
In all seriousness, if you are experiencing feeling cold during pregnancy, you may have an infection or illness.
Did you know that during your pregnancy, your body’s immune system is actually suppressed the entire time, which causes you to be more susceptible to becoming sick?
And you guessed it, if you’re feeling unwell, you are most likely experiencing some sort of chills that are always a symptom of being under the weather.
The best way to know if everything is okay to give you some peace of mind is to go talk to your doctor!
Pregnancy can be scary, especially the first time around, so don’t be embarrassed, calling up your doctor once a week to ask questions.
It’s better to be safe, rather than sorry and having constant anxiety that something is wrong is not healthy for your or the baby.
So, make sure you take care of both of you. And also, make sure that your partner is spoiling you!
Is Feeling Cold During Pregnancy A Sign of Miscarriage?
This is a question I get a lot from new moms, and rightfully so.
However, it is very uncommon that you will be experiencing a miscarriage when the only symptom you are experiencing is feeling colder than usual.
However, suppose you think that you are experiencing a miscarriage. In that case, you go to the emergency room at the closest hospital and must have the doctors assess you right away.
What Can You Do to Help Your Chills During Pregnancy?
Okay, now that we know why you might be experiencing feeling colder than usual, let’s look at some of the best ways to help warm you up again!
1. Fuzzy blankets are a girl’s best friend –especially during pregnancy. Try layering extra clothes and snuggling up with your favorite blanket when you are experiencing the chills.
2. Make sure you are getting enough iron! Like I mentioned earlier, iron is a big part of how your body regulates its temperature.
Before taking any supplement, though, I suggest talking to your doctor to make sure everything is healthy.
3. Nourish your body with the right ingredients. I know it’s easy to fall into your cravings when pregnant. And trust me, that’s totally okay!
Just make sure you are feeding yourself healthy foods to combat the sugary sweets. It’s also essential to hydrate your body with lots of water to boost your energy.
My Final Thoughts
You shouldn’t need to worry too much if you are experiencing feeling cold during pregnancy. It’s normal!
Every pregnancy is different, so make sure that you listen to your body and seek medical help if you believe something isn’t right.
If you experienced the chills while you were pregnant, what were some of your favorite ways that you found helpful in warming yourself up?
Let me know in the comments; I would love to hear from you!