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How does weather effect your baby?

Updated: Sep 29, 2019



Besides vitamin D levels, the weather can effect the growth of your baby. In this heat wave and also during the freezing temperatures of the winter, extreme temperatures have been found to affect risks of lower birth weight.


Our bodies crave balance, whether it is a balanced diet, internal homeostasis, or perfect weather. We thrive in these environments because in other extreme polar environments our bodies have to actively work to try and create a balance. In this case it makes sense that growing a baby during pregnancy would be the best in temperate conditions. Fortunately, the findings show that you would have to be exposed to extreme temperatures during the entirety of your pregnancy and as we know we have a thing called SEASONS! So unless you live in select places in the world, there will be variations of temperatures. This is a good thing because as we have cold winters and hot summers, we also have spring and fall which tend to be very temperate.


Unless you live in a place very close to the equator or the north, you probably won't have to worry too much about the weather affecting the birth weight of your baby. One thing to note would be the physical strain your body goes through during these times and make sure you are making strides to help your body maintain its natural balance.


This could be in the way of cooling off your body, drinking lots of water and replenishing electrolytes during times of heat. Or it could be staying warm through clothing layers, indoor heating, etc. Basically do not overexert yourself and be aware of temperature that alter your physical abilities and try to minimize their effects as much as possible---because it may not just effect yourself.


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Stay cool in this summer heat!


Until next time!


Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Registered Dietitians/Lactation Counselors


References:

https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/suppl/10.1289/EHP4648


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