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So what's the word on hot tubs?

post #1 of 7
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When I was pregnant w/ DS I heard "Don't take hot baths or go in spas while you're pregnant."

 

When I was pregnant w/ DD I heard "As long as the temperature is comfortable to you, it should be fine."

 

Now I'm hearing that getting your body temp above 101 can cause nerual tube defects in the first trimester.  I've gotten in our hot tub 3 times and the water temp has been about 102.  I don't know if that immediatley raises my body temp or what.  I tend to soak for a bit, then sit on a higher seat so half of my body is out of the water, ottherwise I get too hot.  I thought it was fine, but now I'm a little worried that I could have increased my risk for birth defects.  What are your opinions about hot tubs/ spas/ hot baths?

post #2 of 7

It doesn't immediately raise your body temp... and if you are "too hot" that's usually a sign that your body temp is too high. You were doing it the right way by listening to your body and not going in all the way, so you should be just fine :)

 

As far as I've always been told, in the 10 years I've been having babies (from my miscarriage through now) if you are sweating, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are dizzy, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are too warm, you are too warm and need to get out. If you don't feel good, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are sitting there comfortably, you are fine.

 

Your body tells you when it's temp is getting too high. Just listen to your body.

post #3 of 7

I thought the main concern with hot tubs is the risk of lysteria etc in the public ones (ew). But your own is surely easier to keep sanitized. I don't know. I do have hot baths, I need them for muscle aches. But never hot enough that the glass steams up or I feel too hot or anything. I've done it for all my pregnancies. 

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by MaerynPearl View Post

It doesn't immediately raise your body temp... and if you are "too hot" that's usually a sign that your body temp is too high. You were doing it the right way by listening to your body and not going in all the way, so you should be just fine :)

 

As far as I've always been told, in the 10 years I've been having babies (from my miscarriage through now) if you are sweating, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are dizzy, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are too warm, you are too warm and need to get out. If you don't feel good, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are sitting there comfortably, you are fine.

 

Your body tells you when it's temp is getting too high. Just listen to your body.


What she said. Exactly!

 

post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you!  :D

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by MaerynPearl View Post

It doesn't immediately raise your body temp... and if you are "too hot" that's usually a sign that your body temp is too high. You were doing it the right way by listening to your body and not going in all the way, so you should be just fine :)

 

As far as I've always been told, in the 10 years I've been having babies (from my miscarriage through now) if you are sweating, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are dizzy, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are too warm, you are too warm and need to get out. If you don't feel good, you are too warm and need to get out. If you are sitting there comfortably, you are fine.

 

Your body tells you when it's temp is getting too high. Just listen to your body.

This is really helpful for me too because hot baths are my biggest stress relief.  I was so worried I'd have to give them up, but I just need to be more aware of what my body is saying, which I usually ignore during baths.  

 

I have a friend due in March and they just turned theirs down to 98 degrees.  They seem to be enjoying that because their daughter can go in it without getting to pink. 

 

post #7 of 7

I'm with MaerynPearl also.  I take hot baths all the time and have through all of my pregnancies.  Just about to head there now. :)

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