How to safely use a hot tub during pregnancy
For a lot of pregnant women, the thought of sitting in a hot tub is bliss. Just sit back, relax and let the warm water soothe your aching muscles. There is a lot of speculation about whether you should use hot tubs during pregnancy, but it is perfectly safe to do so as long as you abide by some basic safety methods.
It’s vital that you choose the right hot tub and are aware of the potential dangers and how to avoid them. Hot tub use can cause hypothermia, a condition that causes your body temperature to be abnormally high. During pregnancy, if your body’s temperature rises above 101ºF it can cause concerns. These include a risk of babies suffering from birth defects, in women who experienced raised body temperatures in their first trimester.
As a result of this, it’s not recommended that you become overheated in a hot tub during pregnancy, however, there is no reason you can’t safely use your hot tub while you are pregnant – you just have to be sensible about it! Your core body temperature should not exceed 102.2ºF.
Be sure to reprogram your hot tub to ensure it regulates at a lower, safe temperature. When the concern has such a specific number on it, measurable in degrees, it is easy to ensure you do not exceed that number and place you, or your unborn child, at risk.
Think of your hot tub as a brief, blissful treat and limit the time you spend in it to ten minutes or less, while you are expecting. By enjoying the warm water for a brief period you can ease your aches and pains, and still ensure your core temperature doesn’t rise too high.
Keep an eye on the temperature of the water to ensure it doesn’t exceed a nice safe level. You can use a simple thermometer, dipped into the water, to achieve this with ease.
Pay close attention to your own body, it will tell you if it starts to overheat. If you stop sweating or feel at all uncomfortable, get out immediately.
There are many things about pregnancy that are extremely uncomfortable – sore feet, aching back and a general feeling of discomfort. A hot tub is a great solution to ease your pains but remember, keep it short, sweet and safe!