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Old 01-06-2009, 02:37 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My dh just asked me if it is safe to use heat wraps (like ThermaCare wrap) on my tummy while I'm in labor to ease pain and that question reminded me that last time while I labored at home I wanted something warm on my tummy (so I wished I had heating pad ready but the birth was so quick, no time to look for them).
My question is has anyone tried either heating pad or wrap on the belly while in labor? Is it safe or did it help you?
When I had period cramps I used to have this small heating pad on my tummy to ease the pain so I think it would help somewhat. I just don't know if it can harm the baby or interfere with the progress of the labor...
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I used a heating pad during my last labor, though on my back, not my front. I don't know anything about the wraps.

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I was just wondering about this.
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My mw suggested having a heating pad on hand, and I also put our hot water bottle in the kit just in case I wanted something I didn't have to plug in. That usually helps when I have menstrual cramps (although I know labor contractions are going to be totally different).

I should probably be doing something else right now.
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I don't know about the wraps, not familar with them (do they actually stick to you, I don't think that would be very comfortable), but I've used rice socks/sacks and they work well.
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I used rice socks on my back during my birthing, and it was helpful. I kept sending DH to warm them back up again, though.

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I used rice socks on my back during my birthing, and it was helpful. I kept sending DH to warm them back up again, though.
I haven't used this trick myself, but other doulas I have spoken with say they keep a few of the rice packs in a mini crock pot which keeps them warm and switch them out - no running to the microwave.
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For electrical safety I would make sure it was a heating pad that was rated for "moist" use. Or use grain bags, or hot compresses (wet towel, microwave it).
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Warm water in a birth tub does wonders too!

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I haven't used this trick myself, but other doulas I have spoken with say they keep a few of the rice packs in a mini crock pot which keeps them warm and switch them out - no running to the microwave.

Can you warm them up in the crock pot, I don't have a microwave and really want some rice socks, but I do not know how to warm them.
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