Are the chills normal during pregnancy?

Q: Is it normal to have the chills when you're pregnant? I've heard of having the sweats, but I seem to be freezing all the time!

A:

When you're pregnant, your hormones are on a perpetual roller coaster.  For most women, the surges in estrogen and progesterone cause sweating and the feeling that they are hot all the time.  Occasionally, however, women respond with the opposite set of symptoms. feeling chilled and cold.  Although this is probably normal, there are a few things to consider.  Occasionally a thyroid problem is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy, so this is something that should be ruled out with a simple blood test.  Also, chills can accompany certain infections that are more common during pregnancy, such as a kidney infection.  Typically with infections, however, there are other symptoms present such as a fever, nausea, vomiting, etc.

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