Health Tip: Don't Use a Hot Tub During Pregnancy

Soaring body temperature isn't good for you or baby

(HealthDay News) - While a hot bath may sound like a great way to soothe aching muscles during pregnancy, becoming overheated in a hot bath or a hot tub poses risks for a developing fetus, the American Pregnancy Association says.

So using a hot tub is generally not recommended for pregnant women.

If you decide to take a bath, the association offers this advice on how to do it safely:

  • Don't let the water get too hot, whether it's in a bath or hot tub.
  • If you do choose to use a hot tub, don't stay for more than 10 minutes.
  • Body temperatures of 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit or higher can be dangerous for a fetus, so take your temperature regularly to be sure it is not too high.
  • If you start to feel uncomfortable, sick, or notice that you've stopped sweating, get out of the water as quickly as possible.
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