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Can I Use A Heating Pad On My Belly While Pregnant
No: It is not advisable to use a heat pad directly on the belly. Elevated temperatures in early pregnancy can cause neural tube defects. Later in pregnancy the concern is more for burns on sensitive pregnant skin, but is unlikely to cause harm to the baby if the heat is low and only applied for short intervals. It is safer to place heating pads on the low back. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Heating pad: Have something like a towel under it, between your skin and the heating pad but yes you can use one. ...Read more
Never on high heat! Or while sleeping!
One can get burned.
If it is comfortable it is unlikely to be harmful anywhere.
(except diabetic, or neuropathic feet where real damage can occur since the feeling is diminished or absent). ...Read more
Ulcer pain: A heating pad is not going to help with ulcer pain. The relief for this kind of pain is avoiding spicy and greasy foods as well as high acidic foods. Medications like Zantac (ranitidine) and Prilosec as well as antacids like Mylanta can help to heal and sooth an ulcer. Most important is you see an MD, be sure you have an ulcer and then be treated under the care of the MD. Going it alone is a bad idea. ...Read more
I am 7 weeks pregnant today. Last night I had stomach cramps and decided to use a heating pad to help ease them. I never thought that it would be dang?
After excessive use of a heating pad to treat cramps I have gotten brown spots on my stomach. This was over a year ago and are not gone. What do I do?
Need diagnosis: A heating pad should not cause brown discoloration on the skin that have lasted for over a year. A visit to a dermatologist either in person or though a virtual visit on healthtap is advised. Once a cause is determined then a treatment plan can be designed. ...Read more
I just found out I'm pregnant and I had been sleeping with a heating pad on my belly several nights. I'm nervous I hurt the baby.
Umliky: There is quite a distance and insulation including placental blood flow to protect the fetus. ...Read more
I am five weeks pregnant today. Two nights ago, I had some cramps. I put a heating pad on my belly on high for three hours. Should I be worried?
No: Usually you can put heating pad for 20-30 min. If you don't have any symptoms right now don't worry. It's in the past. Don't use heating pad on your belly while you are pregnant. ...Read more
Get checked for: Intestinal and urinary tract problems. Take care! ...Read more
During weeks 6 through 8 I used a heating pad on medium setting for long periods of time on my belly. Will my baby be ok?
I used a heating pad at 6 weeks on belly for 20 minutes on high and then on my back. Could I have caused harm?
No worries: If the skin looks normal, no worries. What will be, will be. Many things are possible in life, so we can't about "sweatin' the small stuff", as they say. ...Read more
I had first IUI today then got a massage. Woke up in the middle of massage with heating pad on my abdomen for 30-60 mins. Is this a problem?
Lower right abdomen has stabbing pains every so often — getting worse & more frequent. How do I help it feel better? Heating pad? Ice pack?
Appendicitis?: Have someone to take you to an E/R. You need exam and tests to find out what is going on with you. ...Read more
A lot of pain in lower back and abdomen! Pain is off and on. Been this way for 3 weeks. Pain 8-9! Take ib and tylenol (acetaminophen) with heating pad! No other sympt?
Go to ER NOW!: Enough is enough! You are a trooper, but 8-9 out of 10 on a pain analogue scale, uncoltrolled with OTC or other meds, and a heating pad is enough torture. Go to the ER or Urgent Care Center today and get relief! There may be something going on that you won't know without a physical exam done by a doctor. Don't delay! ...Read more
8 weeks pregnant, and w/out thinking at 2am, I put heating pad on low set. On lower back and then belly bc of cramps for app. 30-45m. Did I harm baby?
Maybe but...: There are lots of reasons for abdominal discomfort & bloating, & not all of them are due to the gynecologic tract. Even "functional" syndromes may be present without underlying "disease." however partial sbo due to metabolic & inflammatory conditions nearby (like an untreated infection of the urinary tract) must be considered & addressed. Check with doctor for examination & treatment options. ...Read more
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