Most pregnant women experience common pregnancy aches and pains. However, while your aching muscles may be screaming for relief, you...
Most pregnant women experience common pregnancy aches and pains. However, while your aching muscles may be screaming for relief, you shouldn't seek that relief in a sauna. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) frowns on the use of saunas during pregnancy, due to the possibility of overheating. In fact ACOG even recommends that women who are not pregnant skip the sauna after exercise due to overheating issues. The Organization of Teratology Information Services (OTIS) notes that hyperthermia, or an abnormally high body temperature is a risk if you spend time in a sauna. OTIS goes on to say that there is an increased risk for birth defects called neural tube defects (NTD) in babies of women who experience high temperatures early in pregnancy. OTIS recommends that if you really feel you need to take a sauna during early pregnancy (before six weeks) that you limit your time in the sauna to less than 10 minutes. However, there's unclear evidence about how much sauna heat is actually safe during early pregnancy, so it's probably wiser to avoid saunas until your second trimester, and even then limit your time to 10 minutes or less. *NOTE: along with saunas, you'll also want to avoid hot tubs during early pregnancy. If you want to relax another way, try a nice warm bath, get a pregnancy massage from a professional or try some other relaxation techniques.

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