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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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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In bathroom, heated floor, drying hair, husband in hot shower. 25 weeks pregnant. Hot - can I overheat?

In bathroom, heated floor, drying hair, husband in hot shower. 25 weeks pregnant. Hot - can I overheat?

Not likely: Unless, of course, you spend a long time in the bathroom. Use a thermometer, the temperatire should not be more than 99 degrees farenheit. ...Read more

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While pregnant is it safe to take hot showers ?

While pregnant is it safe to take hot showers ?

Yes!: There is no danger in hot showers at all. The danger with high temperatures in pregnancies come from hot tubs (such as outdoor resort hot tubs). If the body temperature is allowed to be raised consistently sitting in a jaccuzi at 103, the body will shuttle blood away from the uterus in an attempt to cool you. This is bad for baby. Hot showers and home baths will not get you that temperature. ...Read more

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If your pregnant does hot showers harm the baby? Can they feel the hot water?

If your pregnant does hot showers harm the baby? Can they feel the hot water?

Safe: That is not harmful. They can't feel the hot water. Just be careful you do not get overheated and lightheaded in the shower (risk for a fall). ...Read more

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19 weeks pregnant, Is it safe to take hot showers? I don't want my temperature to go up

19 weeks pregnant, Is it safe to take hot showers? I don't want my temperature to go up

Warm showers are ok: Just discuss with your OB how hot she or he is comfortable with ...Read more

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I've had really hot showers throughout my pregnancy could this have hurt my babys brain, cause metal retardation?

I've had really hot showers throughout my pregnancy could this have hurt my babys brain, cause metal retardation?

Hot showers and baby: Pl rest assured there is no evidence in the medical literature that taking hot showers damages unborn baby's brain development.
Using alcohol, smoking, intoxication with other drugs, medical complications or asphyxiation during pregnancy are more likely to cause adverse affects on the unborn's brain development. Pl the faucet temp down a bit to enjoy your showers!! ...Read more

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I'm 11 weeks pregnant is it harmful to take hot showers? ...I know its bad to take hot baths but is it the same for showers?

I'm 11 weeks pregnant is it harmful to take hot showers? ...I know its bad to take hot baths but is it the same for showers?

No: With showers, it's harder to raise your body temperature because your skin is still exposed to the air and can cool.

In a bath, your body temperature can go up and that is the problem. ...Read more

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Super cold feet and hands 11w3d pregnant taking hot showers. Hands get red but no other body part does. Don't feel overheated. Is my baby safe? ?

Super cold feet and hands 11w3d pregnant taking hot showers. Hands get red but no other body part does. Don't feel overheated. Is my baby safe? ?

Red: Were you exposed to cold? The response sounds like raynaud's. Dressing appropriately for any exposure to cold is key if it is raynauds. See your podiatrist for help and /or family doc. ...Read more

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Can hot showers increase core body temperature during pregnancy? They're my only relief when my back is sore. I let stream fall on my back not tummy.

Can hot showers increase core body temperature during pregnancy? They're my only relief when my back is sore. I let stream fall on my back not tummy.

Not significantly: While hot tubs and baths with total immersion can increase core temperature, it would be very hard to do with a shower. If the heat is also just localized to your back, then this is probably okay. The issue of increased core temperature is mainly an issue during the first trimester. ...Read more

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I gave a hand job in a hot tub. I had on my bathing suit. He came underwater. Jets:on. Temp.:100 I am a virgin. Could I be pregnant?

I gave a hand job in a hot tub. I had on my bathing suit. He came underwater. Jets:on. Temp.:100 I am a virgin. Could I be pregnant?

Yes and No: Yes, you could be pregnant. No, not from a man merely ejaculating in a jacuzzi tub with the hot water jets on, with the woman staying in her swimsuit. If a woman did become pregnant from such an ejaculation, it would be pretty miraculous. ...Read more

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Can you get pregnant in a pool with your legs around a guy both in bathing suits with your covered private areas against each other? I am ovulating

Can you get pregnant in a pool with your legs around a guy both in bathing suits with your covered private areas against each other? I am ovulating

Keep on swimming: Even marine mammals like dolphins and whales can't get pregnant without having sex. We humans have no chance at all, if the dolphins and whales can't do it. Swimming, especially swimming several times a week, is good exercise and will keep one's mind and body healthier. ...Read more

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Can I use sulphur bathing soap during pregnancy to cure acne? Dermatologists answers

Can I use sulphur bathing soap during pregnancy to cure acne? Dermatologists answers

No cure just control: Can use. Benzoyl peroxides, topical erythromycins, and some retinoids (topically) are ok, but would coordinate between OB and derm for most up to date data. Light therapy, usually ipl also totally safe-again derms woul do. ...Read more

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The tip of my belly button is red and raw to tough. I'm currently at the beach but my bathing suit is covering my whole stomach. I'm 33 weeks pregnant?

The tip of my belly button is red and raw to tough. I'm currently at the beach but my bathing suit is covering my whole stomach. I'm 33 weeks pregnant?

Possibly yeast: Try cleaning out your belly button with soap and water and applying some over the counter yeast cream. If that does not help then consider seeing a dermatologist when you return from your vacation. You can see a primary care doctor now on healthtap through a virtual visit too. ...Read more

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Is it okay to shower in hot water if I'm pregnant?

Is it okay to shower in hot water if I'm pregnant?

Ok: Feel free to take a hot shower while pregnant as it should not have any bearing on your pregnancy. ...Read more

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What harm can you cause the baby if you take hot baths or showers during pregnancy?

What harm can you cause the baby if you take hot baths or showers during pregnancy?

No harm: A baby inside a pregnant woman stays at normal temperature regardless of the shower or bath temperature (unless the woman intentionally uses abnormally hot water). However, if the woman stayed in a hot-tub or a sauna too long and raised her internal temperature above normal, there would be temporary stress on the baby until the mother's internal temperature dropped back down to normal. ...Read more

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Ever since I've been pregnant I get hives sometimes after taking a hot shower, is this normal. I also have eczema?

Ever since I've been pregnant I get hives sometimes after taking a hot shower, is this normal. I also have eczema?

Can happen w pregnan: Hives with hot shower can happen with or without pregnancy, but there is another condition u have got : hypothyroidism, together with the hormonal changes during pregnancy, especially in the last 3 months, can lead to the symptoms described, at any rate pls follow with ur obstetrician who may refer u to an allergist for better control of ur symptoms, . ...Read more

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Is it true you can't shower with hot water while pregnant? Someone told me it can heat up my belly and it's harmful for the baby. I am 31 weeks

Is it true you can't shower with hot water while pregnant? Someone told me it can heat up my belly and it's harmful for the baby. I am 31 weeks

Myth: Shower as much as you want with hot or cold water, don't use the tub though, shower is fine; wish you a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby ...Read more

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12wks pregnant. Hot water runs rusty until mixed with cold water, then all is clear. If I showered and brushed teeth with rusty water multiple times before realizing, could this harm baby?

12wks pregnant. Hot water runs rusty until mixed with cold water, then all is clear. If I showered and brushed teeth with rusty water multiple times before realizing, could this harm baby?

Unlikely harm: The only thing in tap water that has any significant potential to harm a developing fetus is a heavy metal like lead. Sounds like there may be a problem with the water heater rather than the water itself, but the way to know for sure is to have the water tested for lead and other heavy metals. You could get blood tests for heavy metals as well. Talk to your obstetrics provider about your concerns. ...Read more

Bathing (Definition)

Anything dropped in a fluid filled compartment is said to be bathing. The most common is the human body in a tub, but you can bathe your arm or leg at certain times (and your pets). Food soaked in savory fluid is also said to be bathing (such as bathing rama ...Read more