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Can You Use A Heated Mattress Pad While Pregnant
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
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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: Moist heat is better. Make sure it is not too hot. Read more
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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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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