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Experts Corner

Fitness

Signs of Overheating
By Lisa Stone, ACE

Q. I read a book that warned against "overheating" during your exercise routine. But I'm a person who naturally sweats and gets very hot during exercise (especially my step classes) while keeping my heart rate at a desireable level. What are the signs that you're getting overheated and there could be a danger to your baby?

A. There's a big difference between getting hot and sweaty during exercise and your core temperature getting to a dangerous level.

The former is fine, even during pregnancy, as long as you don't get dizzy or lightheaded and as long as you stay well hydrated.

The latter is where you need to be concerned. In order for your core temperature to reach a dangerous level, you would have to be *incredibly* overheated and dehydrated. Getting to that point is extremely rare, especially if you're drinking enough water before, during, and after exercise *and* exercising in a well-ventilated space.

The signs of overheating include dizziness or lightheadedness, clamminess, chills, extreme thirst and/or dry mouth, faintness, and/or nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop exercising and call your healthcare provider IMMEDIATELY!!!!!

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