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isnt this much sun on such a hot day really unsafe during pregnancy??

a girl i know wants to go to the river here in arizona.
well its the salt river, you go on a tube, you dont really get IN the water much you just float down it and hang out with friends.. (its usually a place you get really drunk or not drunk but drink and people tend to smoke weed there.. i dont smoke weed but just so you know the atmosphere) well its arizona and its ALREADY gotten up to 101 so far this year. its getting really hot really fast.

isnt it unsafe for this girl to go to the river right now?? shes about 37 weeks pregnant 17 yrs old and the path that you take on the river lasts between4-7 hours... you are in COMPLETE arizona heat the whole time....

what do you think?
dumb move or no big deal?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:33 PM on Apr. 25, 2009 in Pregnancy

Answers (11)
  • Probably a dumb move as she could dehydrate quickly as her body has extra hormones which will make her sweat even more. Not to mention if she is face up on the tub the amount of heat her body will absorb which means her baby will get it as well. Its her choice but it can be unsafe and if you have no way to get help to her quickly I would recommend her stay back and you possibly stay with her so she doesn't feel alone.

    Answer by brailynsmama08 at 6:37 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • hmm well 101 is really hot and i dont know how long she'll last. if she hangs out for maybe just a couple hours and pereferably in the shade it should be fine, and hopefully she wont go crazy in the water. she needs lots of sunscreen and drink bottled water. she might not realize how tired she'll get! I wouldnt say its a good idea if she plans on being out in the sun the whole time.

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 6:38 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • there is literally no shade on the river, unless you hit a spot where the sun is behind a wall of rock, and that shade lasts like 10 seconds, then you just keep floating. you also cant just GET off the river anytime, once you are on it you kind of stay on it until its over at the very end because the bus picks you up to take you back there at the end, and only there at the end.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:41 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • not you why worry about it then?

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:42 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • i know its not me anonymous, but its a baby in there, couldnt the baby get dehydrated and really hot from this happening? whoever wouldnt question THAT, really has no heart.

    if you dont live out in arizona, you wouldnt understand how HOT it has been the past week. and its even HOTTER in the desert where there is NOTHING but a road and a river and sun.

    and i would like to know if heat like that is bad during pregnancy whether its me wondering for the sake of this girls baby, or for the next time im pregnant. :D

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:44 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • I doubt her doctor would o.k. that trip.

    Answer by Marwill at 6:44 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Well if the atmosphere has drunks and pot heads all around, that right there isn't a good environment. On top of all the sun and everything. She sounds like she doesn't know much about loving her child yet, in my opinion. I would honestly worry about that baby, even though it's not even born yet. That's ridiculous for a PREGNANT girl to go out in the sun for 4-7 HOURS you said? In 101 degree weather? Yeah, okay. Tell her she should probably ask her doctor if it's safe for the baby to be around marijuana and beer while being in the HOT HOT sun for at least four hours, and if he/she okay's it, then go for it.

    Answer by mommykayti at 7:25 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • At the late stage of pregnancy this kind of activity should be avoided for lots of reasons. Even if you aren't drinking, which you shouldn't be when you are pregnant, others people with you may be and that makes them unreliable companions if any emergency came up. And it's really hard to stay hydrated in the sun for that many hours and that isn't good for mamma or the baby either. The ability to drink enough water to keep up with the body heat is almost impossible. The last think that makes this a bad idea is that you private parts are sitting on the tube in the water all day and you could be dilated a little and this would invite all sorts of bacteria from the water into your vagina and could cause you and the baby to be exposed to some kind of infection. Even though you are 17, these are the kinds of activities that you are going to have to give up as you enter the unselfish world of caring for your baby first.

    Answer by Mommyghee at 7:50 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • momyghee, she's not talking about herself....
    i agree with the others, though. not a good idea. too hot, and second hand pot smoke doesnt sound like its good either. tell her that getting dehydrated isnt fun. first you get the chapped lips.....and then, you get sick. i went to a show when i was about 18 weeks along. it was 70 degrees out. i didnt drink enough water, and the next day i couoldnt keep anything down. so finally, after puking like 12 times, i went to the doctor, and they had to give me a shot to stop the nasea. if it had been any worse, they would have kept me in the hospital on an IV drip until i was hydrated.

    Answer by megan479 at 8:37 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • I think its no big deal, if you do, you need to live a day in someone elses shoes who doesnt have AC and have lived without it forever. For example, indiginous people, whoever and whereever, they do it all the time, and they dont complain, and their babies come out perfectly fine. How do you think people did it back in the day? Pregnant women did a lot in the heat, suck it up, stop being prissy and go out in the sun for a few hours is what I think.

    Answer by MammaBella at 9:09 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

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