What Body Temperature Is Considered Dangerous While Pregnant?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I have been sick for a few days now, and my body temperature has been a hair under 103 degrees today. I know in normal circumstances a 103 temperature is not yet reason enough to go to the ER, but I was curious, being pregnant, if my temperature continues to rise, what temperature should I be packing it up for the doctor? I am concerned not only about myself, but the healthy development of my son. I know their brains and such are not ready for the heat.

ANSWER

Anything over 100.4 is a reason to see your provider in my opinion. And a temp of 103 is not unusual for children, but it certainly is for adults.

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

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