Fever during labor

Fever during labor

Normal body temperature usually ranges between 36.5 and 37 degrees Celsius. The effort made by pregnant women at work can raise the temperature to 37.5 degrees Celsius, without causing medical problems, but if it is exceeded during labor, it could be a sign of dehydration or worse, of infection and immediate medical measures must be taken!

Causes of fever at work

An increase in body temperature to 38 degrees Celsius during labor could indicate pregnancy dehydration, which means that it requires an excess of fluids.

Anything above this temperature could be a sign of infection, which means that you may need antibiotics, both at work and after birth.

Infections during labor in women are generally located in:

  • vaginal area;

  • uterus;

  • urinary tract;

  • bladder.

Not all infections that occur during labor are caused by a complication of pregnancy. These can also occur due to pre-existing conditions of pregnancy.

Another cause of labor fever may be epidural anesthesia. Prolonged administration of this anesthesia (over several hours) could lead to an increase in body temperature, not related to infection, but which could be treated with antibiotics by doctors, in any event.

How does fever affect labor and labor?

The rise in temperature does not affect labor itself. If this is caused by dehydration, then labor may be prolonged (and may even be stopped in some cases). This could lead to labor induction.

Maternal fever during the kidney has effects on the fetus. But they appear in the short term. In the fetus it could be noticed an increase of the pulse from 120-160 beats per minute, as it should have, to over 170 beats. Also, babies born to mothers who had a temperature of over 38 degrees Celsius during labor are likely to:

  • have a low Apgar score at birth;

  • presents a muscle weakness at birth;

  • need resuscitation or oxygen;

  • need special care in the neonatal intensive care unit;

  • suffers an attack of stroke.

So far, no long-term effects of maternal fever on babies during labor have been shown. Babies born to mothers who have had a fever as a result of an amniotic fluid infection can have breathing difficulties, even pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

Symptoms associated with fever indicating infection during labor

  • accelerated pulse (over 100 beats per minute);

  • a slight decrease in blood pressure;

  • altered general condition;

  • nausea;

  • lethargy;

  • dehydration (continuous thirst);

  • strong unpleasant odor of vaginal secretions;

  • redden the face;

  • heat buffers alternated with chills;

  • abdominal cramps minor, but constant;

  • back pain (at the top, closer to the ribs, where the kidneys are), indicating urinary or kidney infection.

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