(Closed) Heating pad while pregnant?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  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
1492 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I use it on med-low early on due to cyst pain and my dr said it was ok.

Post # 5
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I think it takes quite a bit of sustained exposure to raise your core temp substantially, so you should be fine.

Post # 6
2126 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
412 posts
Helper bee

@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
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 13
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@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
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@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. 

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