Can you take a hot shower while pregnant?
As relaxing as long, steamy showers or a soak in a hot tub can be when your body is feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy, it's best to avoid becoming overheated. using saunas or hot tubs. taking very hot, long baths or showers. becoming overheated when outside in hot weather or when exercising.
When you use a sauna, jacuzzi, hot tub or steam room, your body is unable to lose heat effectively by sweating. Your body's core temperature therefore rises. It's possible that a significant rise in your core temperature may affect your unborn baby's development, particularly in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- Pregnant women can use Epsom salt while soaking in a tub. Mix about 2 cups of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak for about 12 to 15 minutes. Be sure to keep the water temperature comfortable and not scalding. Raising your body temperature too high by soaking in a hot tub is dangerous for your baby-to-be.
- It's fine to take baths while you're pregnant as long as the water isn't too hot. Avoid soaking in water that's hot enough to raise your body temperature higher than 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes.
- Most pregnant women feel better if they rest, take gentle exercise, and eat little and often. All in all, then, a spa trip sounds ideal. There are some treatments you shouldn't have in pregnancy and you'll need to stay away from the heat facilities, but you can still make the most of a pampering spa day or stay.
Updated: 25th November 2019