Is it safe to take hot baths while I'm pregnant?

Is it safe to take hot baths while I'm pregnant?

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Yes, as long as the water isn't too hot. Generally, experts recommend pregnant women stay out of hot tubs and saunas because an elevated body temperature can be dangerous for a developing baby. But it's okay for most pregnant women to take a bath.

(Your practitioner may recommend that you not take baths if you have vaginal bleeding or ruptured membranes, meaning your water has broken or is leaking.)

To make sure that your bath isn't too hot, test the water on your forearm or wrist. It should feel comfortable – not too hot.

A core body temperatures of 101 degrees F or greater in early pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defects, according to the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, a group of experts who study what's safe and what's not during pregnancy. Just 10 minutes in a hot tub can raise your body temperature to 102 degrees F.

Finally, consider that your center of gravity tends to shift during pregnancy, which can throw your balance off. So be extra careful you don't slip and fall getting in and out of the tub.

Watch the video: TAKING HOT BATHS WHILE PREGNANT?! DAY 117 (August 2022).

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