MESA, AZ - The maternity department at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa is reporting a high number of deliveries Thursday night and they say that is directly related to the heat.
Dr. Edward Szmuc Director of the OBGYN department at the hospital says they had 11 deliveries after 6pm, as many as they normally see in a 24 hour period.
He says the high temperatures and dehydration can bring on contractions.
This can be dangerous for women who are less than 36 weeks pregnant.
Dr. Szmuc says pregnant women need to remember they need more water than the average person and it is extremely important they stay out of the heat.
If a pregnant woman, faints, gets severe headaches that won't go away, has extreme fatigue, dizziness or more than six contractions in an hour she needs to get to the hospital right away.
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