Post # 1
I’m currently just over 9 weeks pregnant with my first baby. I had an ultrasound on Friday and everything looked perfect. I do suffer anxiety and have got myself into a panic over yesterday.
I live in the UK and for the one of the first times this year, we had a summers day (around 24C). My family had come up and decided to spend the day outside. I’m aware that you should be careful not too overheat so planned to just stay in the shade the entire time (I was running late so stupidly didn’t wear sunscreen either). I made it clear to my family that I wanted to stay cool which was great for the first 40 minutes however both my mother and sister are ‘sun worshippers’. My family decided to relocate out of a shaded area and go for a walk, fine. My sister then chooses the one place that literally had no shade whatsoever to sit and sunbathe. I voiced my concern to my mum who kept saying I was being ridiculous (and reminded me of all the times she travelled to hot countries and sunbathed while pregnant). I drank water and ate sorbet in a bid to keep cool in the direct sun but was worrying the entire time. After an hour I felt pretty warm so got up and left.
I know this may not be related but that evening (TMI-after a number 2) I experienced some pink and red spotting. I’ve had a nasty cough this past week so I guess that may have contributed too but I never experienced any kind of bleed after a BM. Needless to say I fretting! I’m worried about the Sun exposure, about the bleeding and what’s caused it.
I’d call my midwife for advice and reassurance but as it’s a Sunday I’m out of luck.
Sorry for the long post ladies. I’m a real worrier previous to pregnancy!
Post # 3
@LaraW: hi there, I have no real experience or knowledge to offer here, but I really doubt that warm weather could have an effect on your pregnancy. Some mild spotting would be concerning to see, but as long as it doesn’t turn into bleeding you will be fine – in fact some people bleed without losing their pregnancy. Just try to relax, your body is designed to look after that baby!!
Post # 4
@LaraW: I very, very much doubt that an hour in the sun on a 24C day will harm your baby. One of my children was conceived just before the start of summer, so I sweltered through an Australian summer with her in the first trimester.
I didn’t bleed but apparently it’s not uncommon. Still see your doctor or midwife of course, as soon as possible. Two pages I found that look helpful:
http://www.thewomens.org.au/Painandbleedinginearlypregnancy (a hospital page)
http://www.babycenter.com.au/x2313/what-could-bleeding-during-early-pregnancy-mean (by a midwife)
I hope and pray all is well.
Post # 5
I agree with the previous posters – I know you’re worried, but an hour of sun exposure in warm weather will not harm your baby. I was 6 weeks pregnant when my husband and I went to St Lucia, and it was HOT! As long as you’re staying hydrated and not laying out tanning for hours or anything, it shouldn’t be an issue.
As far as the spotting goes, that can be common after going to the bathroom, especially if you were straining, but I would call your doc just to be on the safe side.
P.s. I know how hard it is to deal with anxiety – I have anxiety too, and unfortunately pregnancy hormones make it 10 times worse! Hope everything is okay – hang in there!
Post # 6
I doubt an hour in the sun did any harm. It’s been super hot here, literally spent 8hours in the sun on the 4th there was no shade whatsoever. As long as you stay hydrated & put on sunblock if you’re going to be in the sun for a long time you should be fine. The bleeding I’m sure was totally unrelated.
Post # 7
I think you’re fine!! It doesn’t even get down to 24c at night where I live. We’ve had highs at 40c already and I went out and sat in our pool for hours. Spotting is totally normal in the beginning and if it went away already it’s probably nothing. I spent 3 weeks in the hot & humid carribean for 3 weeks of my pregnancy and we were out on the beach and in the sun 90% of the time. I also spotted for 10 days when I was 6 weeks, I’m 15 weeks now and me and baby are doing well.
Post # 8
Thanks for all the reassurance ladies. The pregnancy hormones are definitely taking there toll on my anxiety/ocd issues. I’m hoping to go for some cbt to help battle through any anxious thoughts I have. I’m trying to take comfort from the healthy 9 week ultrasound 🙂 This is my first ever pregnancy and it’s already been such a huge learning experience. I’m currently reminding myself to stay away from the dreaded google!
Post # 9
im sure you’ve been having hot flashes already and what my doctor said is that your body will tell you if you’re getting too hot. I wouldn’t worry just yet
Post # 10
If the spotting was during/immediately after you had a BM, it is probably coming from your cervix. Did you strain really hard to have a BM? That’s what happened to me around 8.5 weeks, I was sooo dang constipated and I was straining really hard to have a BM, then look down in the toilet and there is bright red blood. Cue panic and trip to OB’s office where they did an internal exam and u/s and everything looked fine, cervix was still closed and baby was fine. Your cervix becomes very engorged with blood vessels and it’s easy to pop one if you are straining too hard to do about anything or if you bump your cervix having sex, etc. I wouldn’t worry too much about being outside and that being the cause of your spotting, it’s much more likely that it was from coughing/the BM.
Post # 11
Sounds like a coincidence to me. Try to call some 24/7 nurse hotline. They may have an answer for you. If you are extremely worried, just go in to the emergncy. Better for you in your high anxiety to err on the side of caution.
Post # 12
@LaraW: do not worry about 25C heat! I was worried about hot tubs bc they say you shouldn’t allow your body temp to get above 102F (39C) so I just put my legs in for a bit. but nice weather for a couple hours isn’t going to harm the baby.
as for spotting, I spotted throughout my first trimester so it could mean absolutely nothing but of course talk to your doctor/midwife.
Post # 13
@LaraW: Yes definitely stay away from google. The worries never go away – I’m almost 37 weeks and I still worry! Unfortunately I have googled throughout my pregnancy (though I’ve been much better about it lately) – and it just makes the anxious thoughts worse. You could literally google “eating lettuce while pregnant” and it will one back and tell you your baby is going to be born with 20 fingers (lol kinda dramatic, but you get the point!)
Post # 14
Your body regulates its internal temperature regardless of what the outdoor temperature is (that’s why we sweat, shiver, get goosebunps, etc.) You are not going to overheat and harm your baby by being outside on a sunny day.