Temperature while Pregnant

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Is it normal that women who are pregnant have a slightly higher body temperature than non pregnant women? I been kinda sick and was worried. I had 98.7 on the thermometer by mouth and I thought that you usually add 1 to it so that would have been 99.7 but wanted to know if this was a normal temperature while pregnant?

ANSWER

It is not a dangerously high temperature in any case, so I don't think you have to worry. Do you know what your normal pre-pregnancy temperature was? Some women just run "hotter" than others, and some women are a little warmer in pregnancy, as you suspect.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.