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Doctor insights on: Can You Use A Heated Mattress Pad While Pregnant

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I found out yesterday that I am pregnant; about 2.5 weeks. I've been using a heated mattress pad. I am afraid I hurt the baby?

I found out yesterday that I am pregnant; about 2.5 weeks. I've been using a heated mattress pad. I am afraid I hurt the baby?

Baby is OK: Our bodies are quite good at regulating the internal temperature and at 2.5 weeks the baby would be well insulated from excessive heat or cold.

It is probably best to just use the heater before going to bed so your body can moderate its temperature better during the night. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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


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Is it safe to use a heating pad while pregnant?

Be careful: It's safe so long as you use it on it's low setting and not place the pad over your abdomen. Babies are sensitive to heat. ...Read more

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Is it okay to sun-bathe or use tanning beds while pregnant?

Is it okay to sun-bathe or use tanning beds while pregnant?

UV and pregnancy: There have been no controlled studies of the direct effects of tanning or tanning beds on pregnant women or their unborn child. In view of the evidence of damage from ultraviolet radiation to the skin of the mother, however, it makes sense to avoid this type of activity for the duration of pregnancy. However, research on pregnant mice showed fetal damage. ...Read more

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Can you use a heating pad on pregnant abdomen?

No: Do not put a heating pad on a pregnant belly. You may heat the baby up too much. You can use a heating pad on the neck, shoulders, back and limbs while pregnant. ...Read more

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Can I use a heating pad while being 8 weeks pregnant?

Can I use a heating pad while being 8 weeks pregnant?

Yes: You can, as long as it is not too hot. The harm that can occur is when you raise your core temperature in the first trimester. An external heating pad is probably safe - get the ok from your ob, though. ...Read more

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Can I use a heating pad while pregnant on lower abs and lower back?

Can I use a heating pad while pregnant on lower abs and lower back?

Yes, with caution.: Yes, but cautiously. Do not use on the highest setting, for more than 20 minutes at a time and do NOT fall asleep with it on! ...Read more

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Can I use a heating pad on my belly while pregnant?

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

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Is it safe to use a heating pad on lower back, during any part of pregnancy? Txs!

Is it safe to use a heating pad on lower back, during any part of pregnancy? Txs!

Yes!: A heating pad to your back is unlikely to raise your internal temperature enough to cause a problem (the way a hot tub or sauna can). Many patients will use a heating pad or hot pack for back pain in the second or third trimester. ...Read more

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Can you use salicylic acid pads on your arms while pregnant?

Can you use salicylic acid pads on your arms while pregnant?

Not recommended: Salicylic acid as tablets is not recommended during pregnancy, because of potentially adverse effects on the fetus. Salicylic acid does cross the skin barrier. There is no way to be sure, how much of the salicylic acid in pads will cross the skin barrier. Salicylic acid pads are thus best avoided in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a heating pad for back pain during pregnancy?

Yes - carefully: There's no real danger to the baby. The heating pad isn't likely to affect the temp inside your body (your 'core' temp) much. The danger is to yourself if you lie on the pad or overuse it to the point of burning your skin. (it happens!) a better alternative might be to get a good osteopathic hands-on exam. I've treated many back problems for pregnant women - even taught hubbies to do so at home. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use heating pad or salonpas on my stiff neck while I'm 8wks pregnant?

Is it safe to use heating pad or salonpas on my stiff neck while I'm 8wks pregnant?

Yes: Should not be a problem. These contain menthol and a salicylate and should not harm your fetus, but might check with your obstetrician for their take on this issue. Have a great baby. ...Read more