With careful measurements and statistical analysis, experts figured out that the average body temperature of a person should be 98.6. However, not everyone will be in this range. If you consult with your obstetric specialist in Boca Raton, they will tell you that some people naturally run cold and some hot. Still, pregnant women can experience an increase in early pregnancy temperature. 

For some pregnant women, this increase happens, for others, it doesn’t, and either way, there’s no need to be concerned. This article teaches you all about the early pregnancy temperature range and helps you determine whether you have an average pregnancy temperature. 

What Is Considered A Normal Pregnancy Temperature?

During pregnancy, it’s normal to experience a slight increase in body temperature, but this difference shouldn’t be too noticeable. According to gynecologists, an average pregnancy temperature is your baseline body temp plus about 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.1 degrees Celsius). As you can see, the changes in the early pregnancy temperature range are very subtle and nothing to be afraid of if you notice them during your regular pregnancy monitoring. 

Why Is Your Early Pregnancy Temperature Higher Than Your Pre-Pregnancy Temperature?

Your early pregnancy temperature range varies slightly, but many women experience a slight increase due to the extra blood necessary for supplying the growing baby. The metabolism of the mother also changes during pregnancy which can also affect the average pregnancy temperature. The early pregnancy temperature range is exceptionally high during the first three months after conception, but it falls slightly as you approach your term. It’s also important to mention hot flashes in early pregnancy caused by hormonal changes as well as an increase in body temp during physical activity–both are normal and experienced by most pregnant women.

Are There Reasons To Be Concerned?

 

Woman Using Clinical Electronic Thermometer.

The expected increase in early pregnancy temperature is relatively low. According to medical professionals, if you experience a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (or 38 degrees Celsius), it’s considered a fever.  

A fever should not be confused with hot flashes in early pregnancy (which are normal), and it’s something that should be addressed with medication. Consult with your doctor and try to bring your fever down with pills and light cooling methods. It’s also crucial to stay hydrated. Your doctor will ask about other symptoms such as: 

  • stiff neck
  • rashes
  • high blood pressure
  • extreme nausea
  • pain

If you don’t have the symptoms listed above but just suffer from a mild fever, medications like Tylenol should do the trick. If your hot flashes in early pregnancy become too extreme or if your fever crosses 102 degrees (39 degrees Celsius), you will receive additional attention and get extra tests done to determine the cause.

What If My Pregnancy Temperature Doesn’t Rise?

There are no reasons to panic if your body temperature hasn’t risen after conception. Since body temp often goes up and down during the day, it’s hard to get an accurate reading of your temperature. If the thermometer shows no signs of change in your new condition, it’s not a cause of concern because the difference is not supposed to be significant anyway. 

Are you curious or maybe even worried about your body temperature after conceiving? Your gynecologist can clear out any doubts and offer the best advice on the parameters you should follow.

Dr. Ellman is a Board Certified OBGYN who established his medical practice in South Florida over 25 years ago. His office, Women’s Healthcare of Boca Raton, is located in Boca Raton, Florida at West Boca Medical Center. Dr. Ellman attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, where he received his medical degree. He went on to intern at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston- an affiliate of Harvard Medical School- and continued his residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York- an affiliate of Cornell Medical School.

Dr. Ellman has practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Boca Raton area since 1995. In addition to treating patients at West Boca Hospital, Dr. Ellman also treats patients through his own private practice, Women’s Healthcare of Boca Raton, located on the West Boca Medical Campus.

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Published On: April 7th, 2022