Dipping yourself in a hot bath may be the way out. It’s warm, soothing and refreshing at the same time. In fact, research has shown that hot water can actually be helpful in relieving muscular pain. In normal circumstances, there may appear no ham in doing so. But what about pregnant women?
There are a lot of concerns that are brought to gynaecologists. One of them relates to the safety of pregnant women when taking a dip in the hot tub.
Whether it is safe to do so? Are there any health concerns that one should be aware of?
Questions like these are often asked and for rightly so the reason. Studies have shown that hot tub may not be very useful for the mother during her pregnancy stage. It can create issues both for the mother and the fetus. Therefore, it is necessary to take caution.
Yet it is not to say that hot tubs are a complete NO for pregnant women. With some adjustments, the health concerns can be considerably minimized.
Pregnancy & Hot Tubs
A group of scientists got together to investigate the health issues that may arise for a pregnant woman when she decides to take a dip in a hot tub. Their findings were comprehensive and provide valuable insight. The research was documented in the Birth Defects Research journal.
One of the primary things to note is that a hot tub will raise body temperature. As the name possibly suggests, it will warm the body regardless of the woman being pregnant or not.
The other point to consider is that pregnancy already raises the normal body temperature. Medical experts have also advised that it shouldn’t exceed 102F or 39C.
The reason put forward is that first trimester is a crucial stage where extra care needs to be maintained. In cases where body excessively warms up, complications like birth defects can results. Particularly, the baby is at risk of impeded growth and spinal cord defect.
Last concern raised was the presence of numerous germs in the hot tub. It is important to note that the temperature of the water provides an ideal environment for different bacteria to grow. The tub, therefore, becomes a breeding ground where bacteria and other micro-organisms multiply.
Safety Tips to Keep in Mind
Before immersing in a hot tub, it is better for the pregnant women to consult her gynaecologist. The advice of an expert in the area has no parallels and should always be considered.
Yet, there are some other safety tips that the pregnant mother can make use of.
- Firstly, not to exceed the time limit spent in the hot tub. The ideal time should be somewhere around 10 to 12 minutes followed by a cooling period.
- In case of sweating, it is better for the mother to step outside the tub as soon as possible.
- It is better to have the upper portion out of the water with the lower part immersed in the water.
- In a situation, where the pregnant woman starts feeling dizzy or unconscious, it is vital to immediately get out of the hot tub.