Pregnancy is a tough time for women all around the world. Not only does it lead to emotional distress for the mother but it also contributes to lots of aches and pain for the future mother. The worst part of all of this is that when you’re pregnant, most of the normal painkillers can’t be used and you’re left to try natural remedies and that too with caution. Due to this reason, it seems almost natural to go sit in a hot tub or a spa.
Does this mean that it is safe to use a hot tub while pregnant? In my opinion, this can be quite risky and this is due to a variety of reasons. In general, we should do everything with caution during the state of pregnancy. However, when it comes to relaxing in a hot tub or a sauna, there is scientific evidence that you should avoid this where possible.
During the first few months of pregnancy, the baby is in the most critical of development stages. It is during this period that the brain is being developed for example. Exposing the unborn baby to high temperatures may impact negatively on this growth and lead to various birth disorders. For example, Spina Bifida is a condition where the backbone of the baby closes off incompletely. This leads a gap in the spine, which ensures that the spine doesn’t develop in a normal way. Exposing the baby to higher temperature can increase the risk of developing the condition and there is scientific evidence for this.
In addition to harmful effects on the unborn child, the use of hot tubs and higher temperatures in general can also negatively impact a pregnant woman. We all know that during this period women undergo lots of different physical and emotional stress. This increases the risk of problems like dizziness, lower blood pressure and dehydration. If you use a hot tub, this may further increase your susceptibility to these symptoms and of course, that will not only be bad for you but also be bad for the unborn child.
If you’re really struggling and really wish to use a hot tub while pregnant then you may do so for strictly limited period of time. This is especially true for saunas. You can always relax in a hot tub but only when the temperature has been lowered. Most hot tubs usually have a maximum temperature of around 104 Fahrenheit and this would be a dangerous temperature to relax in. However, instead of relaxing in hot water, you can use warm water instead. By reducing the temperature and have it slightly over the normal body temperature, you’ll easily be able to achieve results that you would with hot water.
The most important thing is your health during such a critical stage and also the health of the unborn child. For this reason, safety is definitely the most important thing to focus on.
Once you have delivered the child, it’ll be no time before you’ll be able to relax in a hot tub but whilst you are pregnant, it would definitely be best if you avoided the hot temperature of the water and relaxed in a warm bath instead.