Researchers are warning pregnant mothers to stay out of the sun, especially in the initial stages of their pregnancy, for a new study has found that they are more sensitive to high temperatures.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) base this warning on the findings of a new study carried out by a team of researchers from the University of Bristol.
In this study, the researchers found that exposure to high temperatures in the first trimester of pregnancy could lead to slightly lower birth weight.
The researchers warn that since babies develop rapidly in the first trimester, and since pregnant women are more sensitive to high temperatures, staying out in the sun might make them feel sick.
"Women in their first stages of pregnancy in the summer should be aware of the health risk surrounding increases in temperature," the Telegraph quoted a Maggie Blott, a spokeswoman, for the (RCOG), as saying.
She also warned women to wear loose clothing, keep well hydrated and eat healthy food little and often so that they would keep fit.
"Pregnant women should stay out of the sun, wear loose clothing, keep well hydrated and eat healthy food little and often," she said.