2 doctors weighed in:
Is it safe to take a hot bath while pregnant?
2 doctors weighed in

Dr. David Finke
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Ask your OB
There is some concern about maternal body temperature increases and the high temperatures that are experienced by a growing fetus.
In general, baby's temp is 2 degrees higher than the mother. These higher temps have been associated with higher rates of neural tube defects in the first trimester. Short baths are thought to be safe. Long, sweaty experiences in hot baths/tubs is not recommended.

In brief: Ask your OB
There is some concern about maternal body temperature increases and the high temperatures that are experienced by a growing fetus.
In general, baby's temp is 2 degrees higher than the mother. These higher temps have been associated with higher rates of neural tube defects in the first trimester. Short baths are thought to be safe. Long, sweaty experiences in hot baths/tubs is not recommended.
Dr. David Finke
Dr. David Finke
Thank
Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine
In brief: Yes
Although some studies indicate a tiny risk of miscarriage if the mother's core body temperature rises above 102, common sense says that warm baths are safe in pregnancy, and are actually helpful in relaxing sore muscles and back pain.
Hot tubs, however, are not recommended in pregnancy.

In brief: Yes
Although some studies indicate a tiny risk of miscarriage if the mother's core body temperature rises above 102, common sense says that warm baths are safe in pregnancy, and are actually helpful in relaxing sore muscles and back pain.
Hot tubs, however, are not recommended in pregnancy.
Dr. David Fein
Dr. David Fein
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Board Certified, Pediatrics
13 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
107,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors