B.C. heat wave: Okanagan midwife urges pregnant ‘more vulnerable’ women to take precautions

An Okanagan midwife encourages pregnant women to take extra precautions to protect themselves amid the extreme BC heat wave.

Tiffany Holdsworth-Taylor, a midwife at Willow Community Midwives who is currently on maternity leave, said pregnant people are at greater risk in scorching temperatures.

“Pregnant women are more prone to the heat wave. The pregnant woman’s core body temperature is slightly higher during pregnancy, and pregnant people are more prone to heat stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration – all of which will affect pregnancy, “she told Global News.

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Holdsworth-Taylor urged expectant mothers to avoid direct heat as much as possible, as temperatures in the Okanagan exceeded a whopping 40 ° C.

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“Stay inside. If you haven’t [air conditioning]Consider going to a public place that does this – like the mall or a restaurant – and stay well hydrated, ”she said.





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“Pregnant women are more prone to dehydration. Maintaining these fluids can be really crucial. “

Holdsworth-Taylor encourages employers to accept pregnant employees who typically work outdoors.

“I would be concerned about the health of a pregnant person who worked outdoors in this heat,” she said. “Dehydration can lead to increased labor, increased risk of premature labor, dizziness, fainting, and heat exhaustion.”

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Dr. Janet Lyons, senior medical director at BC Women’s Hospital, said pregnant women are prone to low blood pressure.

“The extra heat brings the blood to the skin, taking blood pressure away from the brain and heart, and making headaches, dizziness, and possibly even fainting more likely,” she said.

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Lyons said expectant mothers are more prone to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

“They have an extra person inside and it is twice as much work trying to cool their bodies down so they are much more likely to get these heat-related illnesses too,” she said.

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Pregnant women should pay particular attention to heat warnings and try to stay away from the sun as much as possible. Go inside at the first sign of weakness, tiredness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or excessive thirst. pic.twitter.com/vWZ6ONez80

– BC Women’s Hospital (@BCWomensHosp) June 29, 2021

“Pregnant women have to work even harder to stay hydrated and put themselves in less risky situations.”

Holdsworth-Taylor also said that newborns cannot regulate their core body temperature through sweating. She encouraged parents to keep their young children in a cool, air-conditioned room.

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The historic BC heat wave was fatal. In Burnaby alone, more than 25 people have died in the past 24 hours, with many of the deaths attributable to heat.

When it’s so hot outside, take it slow with outdoor activities – rest and relax often when you feel tired. Read more tips to protect yourself from @CDCofBC cool and COVID-19: https://t.co/fpP6ODeauS pic.twitter.com/QDnt2hFi8h

– BC Women’s Hospital (@BCWomensHosp) June 29, 2021

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Local residents report being put on hold when they call 911 and wait hours for an ambulance to arrive.

On Saturday, BC set a new record for the most ambulance dispatches of all time at 1,850.

E-Comm 911 operators say they have never seen calls like this before, and the organization released a video stating they made more than 8,000 calls on June 26th and more than 7,300 on June 27th Had calls. That’s more than 55 per cent above the historic June numbers.

Cooler temperatures are expected for most of BC on Wednesday and for the rest of the week when the “Heatdome” finally bursts.

–With files from Amy Judd





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