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Does Warm Weather Induce Labor?

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Does Warm Weather Induce Labor?

The Relationship Between Heat & Pregnancy

Right before their due date, many women wonder if there are certain things they can do to induce labor — from getting acupuncture to eating spicy foods. However, as the weather gets warmer and summer approaches, many pregnant women start to wonder – does warm weather induce labor?

There is no definitive answer to this question, as every pregnancy is different. However, there are some things that we do know about how heat can impact pregnancy and potentially lead to premature labor.

The Risk of Heat

It’s well-known that hot tubs and saunas are not recommended for pregnant women as the high temperatures can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. Additionally, extreme heat exposure during pregnancy is linked to an increased risk of birth defects.

So while there is no concrete evidence that warm weather induces labor, it’s definitely something to be aware of and avoid. If you are pregnant and worried about the impact of heat on your pregnancy, be sure to speak to your doctor or healthcare provider. They can help support you and offer specific advice depending on your own journey.

Staying Cool & Avoiding Stress

The last trimester of pregnancy can be especially strenuous for expectant mothers. The heat can add even more stress to your body, resulting in the possibility of delivering early.

The last few weeks of your pregnancy are vital to your baby’s health — as this is when the brain, lungs, and other organs are still maturing. For this reason, it’s best to stay cool, indoors, and hydrated if you’re preparing for a summer birth. This will help ensure that you and your baby stay as healthy and safe as possible.

Support From Our Women & Infants Pavilion

Antelope Valley Medical Center welcomes nearly 5,000 babies every year born in our Labor and Delivery Unit, a spacious and modern facility located in our Women & Infants Pavilion. If you have any questions about our care, we’re here to help throughout pregnancy and recovery.

To learn more, visit our website please change hyperlink to lead to this page: or to schedule a tour at the Antelope Valley Medical Center Women & Infants Pavilion please call (661) 726-6210.