By Deborah Mitchell for eMaxHealth.com
Fever is part of the body’s defense system against infection such as bronchitis or flu and is beneficial because it helps kill the bacteria and other organisms that cause infections. But women who have fever during pregnancy face a significant downside, as a new study shows they are more likely to have a child with autism or developmental delay.
Fever during pregnancy can be serious
Fever is a temporary increase in the body’s temperature and is produced by acute inflammation in response to an illness, disease, or an environmental situation, such as high humidity, heavy exercise, or use of some medications. A fever in an adult is defined as a body temperature greater than 99.0 to 99.5 degrees F, depending on the time of day.