Sitting in a hot tub, submerged in warm water, may seem like the perfect way to dull the physical pains and aches of pregnancy.
However, you may be wondering if doing it is safe for you and your little one. If you have any pregnancy complications or chronic health conditions, it’s always best to seek the advice of your physician before soaking in a hot tub when pregnant.
Pregnant women face a higher risk when soaking in a hot tub, although it’s possible to do so if you take certain precautions.
1. Ensure a Lower Water Temperature Than Normal
Even under normal circumstances, hot tub usage poses a risk when you soak for too long, do not practice safe soaking habits, or turn up the temperature too high.
These risks are amplified during pregnancy as anything that raises your body temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit can be hazardous to your baby’s development.
Because the default setting of a hot tub tends to be 104 degrees, this is definitely something to take note of. If you absolutely must soak in a hot tub while pregnant, lower the water temperature to 98 degrees and always keep a thermometer at hand to ensure that the temperature stays where you need it to be.
2. Limit Soaking Time and Get Out at The First Sign of Discomfort
Although you will likely be soaking at a lower temperature than normal, try to limit your soaking time to a maximum of 10 minutes while pregnant. Overheating can cause you to feel drowsy or lightheaded, potentially resulting in unconsciousness.
Always monitor yourself closely and do not hesitate to get out at the first sign of discomfort, whether that is excessive sweating, dizziness or nausea. If you are already submerged in the hot tub, chances are, you will get out naturally when you start to feel too warm.
3. Keep Fresh Water at Hand
Everyone who soaks in a hot tub should always keep hydrated, however, it becomes doubly important when you are pregnant.
Dehydration can result in feelings of light-headedness sooner than you would normally experience it. You may also wish to limit hot tub soaking to simply dipping your feet into the water during your pregnancy.
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