Can I go in a hot tub when pregnant?

This is all about body temperature. Some say that if your body temperature goes over 101˚F (especially in your first trimester) you have an elevated risk of miscarriage and fetal tube defects. I found a couple of sites that mentioned a study found an increase in miscarriage in women that used a hot tub in the first trimester but they didn’t study what else they were doing (like possibly shooting heroin) so it was inconclusive.

Manufacturers recommend 104˚F for a hot tub and some suggest turning it down a bit if you have high blood pressure or if you’re pregnant. Many also suggest that you get out of the hot tub if you start feeling over heated, dizzy or faint. Gee, ya think? The same seems to apply for saunas. It sounds like most of the controversy is over the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. If you were anything like me at the end of your pregnancy, I think there’s a greater risk of being harpooned in any kind of water than over heating and passing out.

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  • I guess my baby is SOL, because before I knew I was preggo my hubby and I got shit faced like we were still in college (and boy did we find out how far away from those years we are!) and spent 2 hours of the time getting shit faced in a sauna… and it was far above the "recommended temperature."

  • Thank you for posting this! Hallelujah! I am a great great lover of saunas and nothing seems conclusive everywhere. This is one of those things that brings me great happiness and I am convinced that happiness will feed down to my baby. There was a study done of dark chocolate where mothers who ate it daily had happier babies. These measurements seem vague at the least, and a friend cited the study to me so I can't cite it directly, but my husband is convinced it was the happiness induced, not necessarily the chocolate consumed. Same could be said for saunas and me (who's also gone off chocolate incidently.) Ta again for the consideration of this topic near to my heart.

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