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what does hot water do to a fetus? (i.e. baths,hot tubs?)

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Asked by mamakat21 at 3:26 AM on Feb. 14, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • it can overheat them. it raises your temp and then theirs. and their bodies are too little and not fully developed to handle it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:30 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • I'd avoid hot water while pregnant.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:33 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • okaaaaay???? this still doesn't answer my question. Oh well....goodnight ladies. Gonna take a HOT bath and jump into bed! Yawn!

    Answer by mamakat21 at 3:34 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • i thought i answered it... ill try more what else are you asking for? sorry im trying lol

    and i just took a nice HOT bath myself :)

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:35 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • There is something "luxurious" about soaking in a warm bath and there is nothing to suggest that this is unsafe in pregnancy.

    However, you do need to be cautious about "hot" baths as there is little known about the possible effects on the blood flowing through the placenta or on the baby. If the water is too hot, you could also feel faint or sick, as it could lower your blood pressure a bit too much - not a good thing.

    So how do you decide if your bath is "hot" or "warm"?

    Test the water with your elbow or forearm before getting in as you would for a child. This part of your skin is more sensitive to temperature than your feet or hands. Warm should be just comfortable so that you can get straight in without having to get in bit by bit! A too-hot bath is also likely to affect the colour of your skin, turning it red, and you may find yourself sweating.

    Happy soaking!

    Answer by dlepasti at 3:36 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • David Barrere, M.D. answers:
    Anecdotally, an increase in core body temperature has been associated with an increase for congenital malformations (birth defects). Therefore, Ob/Gyns advise women to avoid excessive heat, especially during the first trimester. This includes excessive heat encountered in the work place, Jacuzzis, baths and saunas.

    Just another answer i found

    Answer by dlepasti at 3:40 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • ahhh ha! I knew somebody out there had a good answer lol .thanks!

    Answer by mamakat21 at 3:47 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • your welcome hoped that helped :)

    Answer by dlepasti at 3:50 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • Well, the risk is if you overheat yourself. You know when your body gets hot, etc. There is no reason to avoid hot tubs, baths, etc, as long as you don't stay in and cook yourself. Your body temperature can increase by a couple degrees without fear. We don't cook our organs, we wont harm the baby :)

    Just don't sit in hot hot water for long periods of time, such as to the point you feel overheated/dizzy, etc from the heat. :)

    Answer by celticreverie at 6:47 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

  • my doctor told me to keep the water temp under 100 degrees or so because that is to hot and can cause things to happen. I am 27 weeks and was told this.

    Answer by Katiebears89 at 7:09 AM on Feb. 14, 2009

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