Post # 1
im 15 weeks pregnant with my first child and I’ve freaked myself out about a bath I had yesterday. I always have hot and sweaty baths, I’ve got a glorious jacuzzi soaker tub, but since getting pregnant I’ve toned down the heat to a more comfortable temperature. I always keep a thermometer with me and check my temp throughout my 25 minute baths and it never exceeds 97.7 F (36.5 C) I never am red and I don’t sweat, although I get thirsty but that’s always my problem!
Last night I decided to check the bath temp with my thermometer and it said it was 102 F (38.8 C) so I put a bunch of cold water in, but I had been in it for 16 minutes! I’m worried I might have hurt my baby, especially because my water has been that warm for weeks without me knowing. I just always took my body temp and made sure it didn’t get high but now I’m afraid I screwed up by making the water too hot, my hot tubs only 105 F so not much warmer!!
I could use some reassurance 🙁
Post # 2
You’re probably fine. I wrapped up in a heating blanket in my first trimester and totally didn’t even think about it.
Post # 3
It’s your body temperature that matters not the water. as long as you didn’t get super hot you should be fine! God pregnancy is such a mindf*ck sorry you’re freaked out bee!
Post # 4
You’re probably fine but have you talked to your OB about baths? Mine said no hot baths. But I also liked taking really hot baths where I’d emerge looking like a lobster.
Post # 5
The water temperature isn’t what’s important. Your CORE temperature being high is what hurts the baby. I took a warm bath almost everyday my entire pregnancy – and my skin did turn red. BUT my skin turns red with warm water washing my hands, so that’s not a great indictator of anything.
If I wasn’t sweating, super flushed, or burning up, I didn’t really pay attention to how hot the water was. I figured there were people working out that had a higher core temp than I ever did, so I was fine. I always kept my baths to about 15 minutes, never really more than that.
My son is fine. Pay attention to how hot (or not) it’s making you. If you’re not overheating, neither is baby. Relax and enjoy. Next time take your temp if you’re worried, but you’ll know if you’re getting too hot.
Post # 6
I’ve read that you don’t want your core temp to hit 102. If you never even went above 97.7, you are absolutely fine. https://www.livestrong.com/article/423024-pregnancy-exercises-core-body-temperature/
I’ve ben thinking about this lately because I just got back from vacation where we went to natural hot springs several times. (I’m 11 weeks preggo.) I made sure to stay in the much cooler springs and mostly away from the hot input, and I never got red / flushed / felt hot. Raising your body temp by ~4 degrees definitely requires some pretty warm water.
Post # 7
It’s your core temperature that’s the important thing so if yours has been at or below 37.7 the whole time, you’re totally fine
Post # 8
I’d be absolutely shocked if this could have possibly had any sort of negative impact on your baby.
Post # 9
I took baths throughout my whole pregnancy. Like someone said, the reason they warn against hot tubs is because it raises your body temperature which could be (COULD BE) dangerous. If your temperature was fine (and honestly, it never occured to me to even check my temp when I was soaking in the tub) then you’re fine- doesn’t matter what the water’s temperature is.
Post # 10
I have a 6 yo daughter and a 5 month old son and I took baths with both of them and they are perfectly healthy.
Post # 11
Unlikely but I wouldn’t do it anymore. Best thing is to talk to your doctor. As a non obgyn physician giving advice (caveat!), I’d gone down the temperature until you give birth.