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I've heard pregnant women can't take warm/hot baths, is this true?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Depends on temp

Heat from saunas, hot tubs, bath tubs, etc.
Can raise the core body temperature of the expectant mother. Fetal problems can result from high temperatures. That is why many physicians warn pregnant women to be cautious.

In brief: Depends on temp

Heat from saunas, hot tubs, bath tubs, etc.
Can raise the core body temperature of the expectant mother. Fetal problems can result from high temperatures. That is why many physicians warn pregnant women to be cautious.
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Yes

Warm baths are okay, but may increase the risk of a vaginal infection.
Hot tubs are discouraged in the first trimester. Excessive body heat can cause birth defects.

In brief: Yes

Warm baths are okay, but may increase the risk of a vaginal infection.
Hot tubs are discouraged in the first trimester. Excessive body heat can cause birth defects.
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Dr. David Fein
Preventive Medicine

In brief: No

Nope, not true. I've wondered where the old wives' tale came from..
.If you break your bag of waters, you won't know? And, for thousands of years, pregnant women in the sahara desert have taken warm/hot baths...It was called the nile river.

In brief: No

Nope, not true. I've wondered where the old wives' tale came from..
.If you break your bag of waters, you won't know? And, for thousands of years, pregnant women in the sahara desert have taken warm/hot baths...It was called the nile river.
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Dr. Megan Bird
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

When you take a hot bath (or head for the hot tub) the blood vessels in your skin, arms and legs dilate.
This can divert the blood from your heart to the skin to cool you. If enough blood diverts your baby won't get enough oxygen. However if you are careful to take warm baths, that is fine. If you start to feel dizzy or light-headed in the tub, get help to get out right away.

In brief: No

When you take a hot bath (or head for the hot tub) the blood vessels in your skin, arms and legs dilate.
This can divert the blood from your heart to the skin to cool you. If enough blood diverts your baby won't get enough oxygen. However if you are careful to take warm baths, that is fine. If you start to feel dizzy or light-headed in the tub, get help to get out right away.
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

You can take a hot bath.
You don't want the water to be so hot that it will make you uncomfortable.

In brief: No

You can take a hot bath.
You don't want the water to be so hot that it will make you uncomfortable.
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