Do You Long For A Nice Hot Bubble Bath?

If you long for a nice hot bubble bath or like to take showers with the water a few degrees below "scald," you may have heard that high heat isn't a good thing for baby. And that's the case. Read why here.
David Barrere, MD

The question:
A friend of mine told me I have to avoid hot baths and hot showers during pregnancy. Is this true? If so, why? Is there anything else I need to worry about with heat? - Donna

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.

Taking a hot shower usually doesn't result in an increased core body temperature, provided that the shower is not excessively hot or long.

Heating pads, when used appropriately, are safe to use during pregnancy and will not increase the risk for malformations.PregnancyAndBaby.com

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