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Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My in-laws have a hot tub. Is it totally off limits for me during pregnancy?

Re: My in-laws have a hot tub. Is it totally off limits for me during pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

Hot tubs, saunas, and steam rooms all have the potential to raise your core body temperature. Early in pregnancy (around five to six weeks of gestation), increased core body temperature has been associated with fetal neural tube defects like spina bifida. Hyperthermia (temperature greater than 102 degrees Fahrenheit) has also been associated with miscarriage, fetal growth restriction and brain damage. If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, I generally recommend that you avoid immersing yourself in a hot tub.

Dr. Ashley Roman

re: Q: Hot Tubs Safe?

What about in your second and third trimester? What about the bathtub if you like it hot?

SweetieBabe |

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I absolutely love taking hot baths, and my OB said not too. She said it would be the same as the hot tub, submerging yourself in hot water for an extended period of time. She also said hot showers were fine because you would be going back and forth from one side of your body to the other. I guess cooling down the other side that is not in the hot water.

liz.kwintera |

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what about just luke warm baths. enough to keep you in there, but not hot enough to make you sweat?

thebysouthfamily |

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I love taking hot baths as well as getting in our Hot tub. My doctor said it would be good if I got in the hot tub b/c it would help with my back and legs as long as the temp. was down to body tem. So we keep ours at 98 and its just like a warm bath but better! Its not good to let your body temp. go above 100. Hope that helps, but I would always ask your doctor first.

Starhoney |

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I have heard that as long as your bpdy temp does not elivate over 100 degrees you can use a hot tub, get in a hot bath, or even us a heating pad. Just use good judgement.

staceyodiecat |

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I've heard that while a hot tub is not really safe, most people's natural reaction is to get out of the hot tub before their temp gets too high because they feel overheated. But I supposed different people have different tolerances.

jenniejnpr |

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My MD said if you have to ease into the water or if it turns your skin pink it's too hot and you need to let it cool down. I keep a regular old thermometer by my tub and take my bathwater's temperature before I get in- It's a little OCD of me I know, but it gives me peace of mind to know I'm not hard-boiling my baby (as J McCarthy says!). I try to keep my bath at or below 100F.

aemurrayrubin |

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I just wanted to share with you that if you go to a spa/jacuzzi that might be used by more than a couple, there is risk of bacteria and/or getting sick. Our pool guy just drained the condo's jacuzzi because the chlorine level was very low, and he confirmed that the hot water will NOT kill all bacteria. People go in and out of these things without proper cleaning or showering and others could pay the consequences. Pregnancy is definitely NOT the time to be taking chances.

pooloolah |

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aemurrayrubin, it's not OCD...I keep a thermometer next to the tub too! I love hot baths, and my husband always makes sure I check the temp before I get in. If it's above 100, I just wait ten minutes or so for it to cool down.

brougfa |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

no to hot tubs

amj31581 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

It's not the type of tub that holds the water that matters--It's the temperature of the water in the tub! If you have a hot tub that lets you adjust the temperature, then set it between 98 and 100 degrees and you've just made it into a big bath tub instead of a "hot tub". Bath tubs can actually pose more danger because most people don't know the temperature of the water. If it's too hot, and you keep your arms and legs under water, then it's just like sitting in a hot tub. Leaving your arms and/or legs out of the water allows your body temperature to stay closer to normal, but you should still make sure you know the temperature of the water.

lokibella |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

my dr. said that i can go into a hot tub, just turn down the heat alittle bit!

baldwinsbride |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Are you able to put your feet in the hot tub? I get not immersing the body, but I was curious to see if feet only in the hot tub is okay.

Sarah2046 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Hot tubs are okay. Not only considering the temperature. Mom's need to be under 102. But consider the cleanliness. I use my personal hot tub - I would avoid public use tubs. Mom's are at risk for fainting, my husband helps me in and out just to be careful

gemma477 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My midwife told me that hot tubs or anything else (sauna, steam rooms, etc.) where the heat is consistently maintained is a no-no. Baths though are fine. Keep the water at 101 or less and get out if you feel uncomfortable or hot. Since baths cool off rather quickly, the possibility of a warm (not hot) bath raises your core temperature is slim. I keep a regular thermometer near the tub to check it and my own temperature.

'mingo |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My Midwife told me that it's okay to take hot baths, just to get out and sit on the side every 8-10 minutes to cool off. I asked her if there was a certain temp. and she said it didn't really matter.

natalieharmany |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

I took a nice, long, hot bath today because I have a cold. It felt great. And THEN I got on this message board. oops. I really, really, really hope that I didn't just give my child spina bifida.

ShineyHair |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

does anyone know about electric blankets? i don't know if the temperature gets high enough to raise your core body temperature, but i'm always cold!!!

danadane182 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My midwife told me that as long as your body temperature doesn't get higher than a fever (102*) then you should be fine. Set the hot tub to no hotter than 101* and you should be fine. The most important thing is hydration. Make sure you drink lots of water if you are going to get in a hot tub or sauna.

allimoo7 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

This is more a question, I went into a hot tub a few days ago temp was 101, I usually stand up alot because I get very hot, but then I found out I was pregnant a few days after, should I be worried?

kmc0426 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

For me, it's not worth the risk in the first trimester even to go in at a lower temperature. In the third trimester for my first, we'd turn the heat down to 100 and I'd pop in and out of the hot tub every couple of minutes.

aeshsibi |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My dock say's absolutely not while prego...Now what do I do to relax?

JESSICA4812 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Stay away from hot tubs not only for the high temp environment but also because the temperature is the right amt for yeast infections to spread ... kinda of crazy huh!

newbieberri |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Sara2046: I would immerse my feet in the YMCA hot tub when preggo with our first. Because it's just your feet, I believe it's okay because it won't raise your body temp. I prefer showers rather than baths anyway (I love hot tubs or BIG bath tubs), but when it labor I sat in the tub a lot in the hospital and was surprised how hot the nurse made the water...which was actually quite nice!

cchik004 |

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ShineyHair: I understand your worry. I just got to my 2nd trimester (so its a bit different) but yesterday was my birthday and I got some nice pregnant bath products from a friend so I made a big hot bath (my back/neck has been killing me). I drank lots of cold water, got out once, and tried to keep my belly, or legs or something out of the water but I have no idea how hot is was ( I usually like it really hot, so probably too hot) and if these measures were effective enough. It felt so good for my back and neck and body and actually today I have no pain there for the first time in weeks but I feel so guilty and worried that maybe I gave the baby brain damage.

anomalylune |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

It's just not worth the risk

LJiffer |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

I spoke with my Doctor and she stated as long as it is under 102 you would be fine. Her biggest concern with the hot tub is if a pregnant woman gets overheated and her blood pressure could drop causing her to pass out. She stated to stay really hydrated and to listen to you body it will tell you when you need to cool down.

heidip10 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Ask your doctor. I'm 25 weeks, and my doctor told me I'm ok to sit in my hot tub for 10-15 minutes, and to drink plenty of water before, during and after. She also said to trust my judgement. If I start to feel too hot or like I'm overheated, then obviously I should get out.

genna219 |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

Before I found out I was pregnant, I was doing 1 hour to 2 hour saunas everyday with a sauna temperature of 170 degrees for 10-20 minutes at a time. During my breaks, I cooled off and drank lots of water for 5-7 minutes. When I found out I was pregnant, I was already 2 months along. After speaking with 2 doctors, they said as long as I drink lots of water and cut time down to half, listen to my body, not let myself get light headed, then I can continue. I'm 8 1/2 months pregnant now and have had 2 ultrasounds, blood work, and regular visits and everything is normal :) I still do sauna everyday. It's just like the lady who was criticized for lifting heavy weight throughout her whole pregnancy, and now a woman who does kickboxing everyday is also being criticized. If you have already been doing it, know your body and your limits then, in my opinion, there's nothing wrong with it. The body temp thing is really concerning if you are sick with the flu or something and have a fever of above 101 while pregnant , that's when doctors tend to worry about the baby. I've done lots of research and some women in Finland actually have there babies inside the sauna. To each there own within reason. Take good care!

LeslieBrave |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

My doc said if we turned out hot tub down to 100 or lower it was safe for my use. I go in every night. I find it helps me manage stress, blood pressure, and helps me sleep better. Those are some pretty awesome benefits. I make sure that I don't feel overheated at all and don't go in if I already feel warm. The baby seems to go right to sleep in the water, but wakes us as soon as I get out :)

LisaHussar |

Q&A: Are hot tubs safe during pregnancy?

We have a hot tub in our house and my hubby and I use it daily. I spoke to my OB about it, and she said that it is perfectly safe as long as we keep the temperature under 90 degrees and I drink plenty of fluids while I'm in. With it being indoors, 88 degrees feels just like a warm bath, and I always make sure to have a glass of ice water. It has been absolutely awesome for those days when I'm having aches and pains!

htilley92212 |