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taking baths/showers

post #1 of 7
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Am I the only one feeling a little freaked out about the possibly of raising my baby's temperature (which can cause birth defects)? I am normally a very HOT bath and shower kind of girl and I have switched to much cooler showers (and keeping my belly mostly out of the water) and I have taken a couple of baths, but I went cooler than normal and kept my belly out of the water (and felt guilty the whole time anyway.) I asked my np about this and she tried to calm my fears (at first I was nearly freezing myself out in the shower) but she did say that ... well, now I can't remember exactly what she did say.

 

Sometimes I do feel a little crampy with heat on, near my belly but I can't tell if it's coincidence or connected. Sometimes I have cramping with no heat too. The other day I had a heating pad on my knees (I have stopped putting it on my belly like pre-pregnancy) and I got crampy and I did feel a little crampy for a while, while I was in the tub. ...

 

Am I being overly cautious/paranoid?

post #2 of 7
I love hot showers as well, but I've never worried about this because I've never gotten that overheated feeling from a shower. I do find it pretty easy to get overheated from a bath or hot tub though. We don't have a bath but I wouldn't have one anyway just because I wouldn't enjoy it unless it were really hot. Does your body give you signs that you're starting to get overheated? FWIW, I think the risk of birth defects is mostly in the first trimester.
post #3 of 7
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Those are good points JonesiesGirl. I think I'm pretty safe but it wouldn't hurt to delay any more baths until after I'm in the second trimester. I'm 11 weeks so it isn't long now.

post #4 of 7
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Originally Posted by JonesiesGirl View Post

Does your body give you signs that you're starting to get overheated?

I was thinking more about what you said, and no, I don't think I was at all getting overheated. So that made me feel better, thanks.

post #5 of 7

If you're worried about it, you can always take your temperature - if it isn't elevated, the baby's temperature isn't elevated either.  :)
 

post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by hapersmion View Post

If you're worried about it, you can always take your temperature - if it isn't elevated, the baby's temperature isn't elevated either.  :)
 

 

Well, duh. Why didn't I think of that? Thanks. :-)

post #7 of 7

Your body temperature has to be sustained over 100F/38C for quite a period of time before any damage could be done.  It's nearly May and I'm sleeping with blankets, so I asked my MW about temperature at my last visit to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong.  I could even go into a hot tub if the water is 100° or less and be fine.  Hapersmion is exactly right.  If your temp isn't elevated, neither is baby's.  Shower easy! thumb.gif

 

 

 ETA: It is May.... and has been for 6 days now!  crikey  I blame the pregnancy brain.

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