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Published July 04, 2012, 02:23 PM

Heat causing labor pains for pregnant patients

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- One week into July, and it has felt like Summer -- hot and humid. Doctors are noticing a wave of labor pains for their pregnant patients.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Bismarck, ND (WDAY TV) -- One week into July, and it has felt like Summer -- hot and humid. Doctors are noticing a wave of labor pains for their pregnant patients.

Medcenter One in Bismarck is seeing a rise in births. On average it has 3 to 4 newborns a day, doctors say because of the heat they've delivered 3 to 4 babies in 3 hours.

And the women who aren't delivering are noticing changes.

Dr. Peter Kemin from Medcenter One says, "A lot of it has to do with their activity, being outside more often with the nice weather, just not having the tolerance for it, they're not necessarily becoming dehydrated but their body doesn't like it quite as much when they're pregnant as when they're not, quite a few are having contractions that are not causing labor but are bothersome."

Amanda Henke is around six months pregnant, and exposed to the hot sun at her job. She says she's noticed her body handling the heat differently, but is staying proactive with her health.

Henke says, "I make sure that I take regular breaks every few hours, take a 10 to 15 minute break just to cool off, make sure I fill up my water bottle and drink a lot of water."

Dr. Klamin says most of his patients haven't had any serious problems, other than needing IV hydration.

He says pregnant women should use sunscreen, limit their exposure to the sun, drink fluids, but stay away from caffeine... or things that make you have to go to the bathroom often.

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