A 34-year-old female asked:
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how high does your fever have to be to impact baby development during pregnancy? my normal temp is 97.6 rather than 98.6 taken by ear

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Dr. Roger Duvivier
46 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Probably above 102: Although prolonged/repeated exposure to high ambient temperatures of saunas,jacuzzis during the first weeks of pregnancy can increase the risk of some birth defects, it is not clear if fevers "impact on a baby development" because of the high temperature or because of the cause of the fever which can be viral or bacterial infections or other metabolic disorders. Ask MFM doctor with expertise in ID
Answered on Nov 12, 2017
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No harm to baby: Actually, temperatures variate below 100 degrees normally. If your temperature rises above that value assessment of an infection location is needed.
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