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Why am I cold all the time?

Why am I always cold since becoming pregnant?

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Why am I always cold since becoming pregnant?

The Bump Expert

That’s a really good question! Most pregnant women feel warmer than usual during pregnancy, because pregnancy ramps up your metabolism, producing heat. Your body might try to cool off by speeding up your breathing rate, sweating and producing greater blood flow to your arms and legs.

In some women, those cooling efforts may go into overdrive -- which could explain why you feel so chilly.

If you’re constantly cold, though, it’s a good idea to consult your OB. Feeling cold all the time is a symptom of hypothyroidism, a condition caused by an underactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism isn’t a serious disease, but if you have it, it’s important to get treatment. A simple blood test can confirm (or rule out) hypothyroidism.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Hypothyroidism during pregnancy

Fever during pregnancy

Fatigue during pregnancy

James O’Brien, MD, ob-gyn and medical director of inpatient obstetrics at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island in Providence

Why am I cold all the time?

I am 7 weeks and am cold all the time. I had my thyroid tested 5 months ago and it is normal. I was hot during my last pregnancy (which miscarried 2 mtgs ago), so I assumed this one would be the same. It is frustrating as I wanted to be pregnant in the cold Alberta winter to stay warm but am now colder than ever. I do have Raynaud's Disease, which is poor circulation. I wonder if that has something to do with it.

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