Post # 1
Does anyone know if using a heating pad on my back is okay during pregnancy? My back is KILLING me. I’ve been googling it but there is a lot of conflicting information. I know you aren’t supposed to raise your core tempature, but what if it was on low/med?
My doctor won’t give advice over the phone and I don’t have an appointment for 2 1/2 weeks.
Post # 3
I have used one off and on throughout my pregnancy. I keep it on a medium setting and I’m on it for no more than 15 minutes. I will be 32 weeks pregnant this Sunday. Sometimes, you just gotta get some relief!
Post # 4
I use it on med-low early on due to cyst pain and my dr said it was ok.
Post # 5
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I think it takes quite a bit of sustained exposure to raise your core temp substantially, so you should be fine.
Post # 6
It’s fine, just don’t fall asleep with it. The heat thing is really just being very cautious. It would actually take a lot to raise your core temp enough to cause any damage. Using a heati. LD for an hour isn’t going to come close. Matter fact, ita avtuay fine to take a short warm-hot bath. People tend to hang out way too long in saunas and hot tubs, Not to mention the germ fest that could be thriving in jetted spas….so that’s the huge thing around Heat. Keep it breif, and you will be fine.
Im a nurse. I take hot baths still, I just don’t fill it up enough to submerge my entire belly..I make sure my tub is clean and I limit to about 30 min. I’ve take. My temp after and it only raises it by half a degree or so.
Post # 7
@fresitachulita: The hot bath thing I did to. I took in 2 thermometers to test. The water was 104. I got up to 99 degrees internal temp after 15 min.
Post # 8
@PixelMePretty: I think it’s a good idea- I’ve never used one, but would definitely feel safe doing so, esp on med/low.
Post # 9
I use a magic bag so that theres no risk of falling asleep with it on all night… the magic bag I have is huge so can be used for my neck or whatever is else sore. It also only stays hot for about 20 minutes at a time… so no harm done if I fall asleep!
Post # 10
I used one my whole pregnancy and I used it a lot and it all turned out fine! To tell you the truth, I never even considered not using it.
Post # 11
You can use it on low for 10 minutes at a time. I used it 10 mins on 10 off when I had back problems with DD>
Post # 12
Ah I’m glad to hear! I’m hoping to get some relief. I go to school full time so by the end of the day now that my belly is bigger and bigger it’s starting to ache soo bad.
Post # 13
I also use mine, and have hotish baths (I’ve cooled them down a bit from what I used to have!) my heating pad turns off automatically after 30 minutes, so I never worry about using it for too long, or falling asleep with it on. I normally keep it on a medium setting.
Post # 14
@PixelMePretty: I used my heating pad religiously during my pregnancy. I had extremely bad back pain that would make it almost impossible to walk around after working 8 hour shifts standing the whole time. My heating pad is the only thing that got me through it. Try to keep it at a medium temperature, and don’t put it on your stomach.
Post # 15
@PixelMePretty: I use a heating pad all the time. You would have to use it quite a bit to raise your core temp to a dangerous level. I have also taken warm/hot baths pretty frequently after my first tri to help with my sciatica pain. The physical therapist actually recommended it and they used a heating pad on me while I was in treatment. I will say that I didnt make the bath as hot as I would have had I not been pregnant.