on December 12, 2014 in Health
While a hot tub can help relieve many pregnancy symptoms, including cramping and mood swings, soaking in very hot water while you’re pregnant can potentially be dangerous for your baby. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), immersing in water above 102-degrees F can cause fetal damage during the first three months of pregnancy. So is it safe for pregnant women to use a hot tub?
Using hot tubs in the first trimester of pregnancy
In general, women should keep their core body temperatures below 102-degrees F while pregnant, according to the Illinois Teratogen Information Service (ITIS). Anything higher than that can cause hyperthermia, which is an abnormal elevation of body temperature, and could lead to brain damage and deformity in your unborn child. Although soaking in a warm hot tub could raise your core temperature, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the hot tub all together if you take a few precautions, so long as your physician gives you the green light.
Safety tips for soaking in a hot tub while pregnant
Before you use your hot tub while you’re pregnant, check out these simple steps you can take to make your relaxation experience safer for you and your baby:
Reduce the hot tub temperature to 100 degrees F or lower. The CPSC recommends that pregnant women stick to the 100-degree maximum rule in hot tubs, just to be safe.
Use a backup thermometer to measure the temperature to ensure an accurate reading.
Only soak in the hot tub for less than 10 minutes at a time. Spending 10 minutes or more in a hot tub can cause hyperthermia.
Avoid using the hot tub once a week or more, suggests The Mayo Clinic.
Don’t use the hot tub if you are sick or your temperature has risen because of a fever, exercise or previous use of a hot tub, sauna or bath.
If you begin to sweat or feel any discomfort, take a break from the heat.
Regardless of how far along you are in your pregnancy, always consult with your physician before using a hot tub. The goal is to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. If you are interested in purchasing a ThermoSpas® hot tub contact us today!
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