Post # 1
Hi bees! I always take really hot showers. I just found out today that I’m pregnant (yay!) and wanted to ask before I took a shower. I’ve heard that you’re not supposed to take long hot showers, but is a 10 minute shower okay?
If you haven’t guessed, this is my first. I’m overthinking everything already. 🙂
Post # 2
yes you are over thinking it, you can take a hot shower.
Post # 4
I have never heard of this rule
Post # 5
I’m probably nutso. If you google “hot shower while pregnant first trimester” it will come back saying you shouldn’t take long hot showers, which is why I was asking. Just overthinking!
Post # 6
I thought the same thing because of the jacuzzi rule (I know it’s not the same thing) but I did wonder about it. I checked though, and it’s fine! Just wanted to make you feel better!
Post # 8
Generally the concern is about hot tubs and saunas raising your core temperature.
HealthlinkBC is the site connected to our Provincial NurseLine. You may find it handy to have a factual source of information.
General Pregnancy Topic
if you have any concerns, do the Check Your symptoms. It is simple yes and no questions and will tell you whether or not they recommend you see doctor and if so, in what time frame.
Post # 9
I’m 28 weeks with my first too and I’m overthinking everything. I love hot showers…like scalding. If my skin isn’t bright red at the end it wasn’t hot enough! But my husband has scared me into thinking I shouldn’t, so now they’re just barely hot. Blah.
Post # 10
Thank you, that’s very helpful!
That’s how mine are, my skin needs to be red where the water hits! Congrats btw!
Post # 11
It’s fine. Hot tubs are also ok if the water is cooler than 102 degrees. Although the shower will be much hotter, your entire body is not submerged like a Jacuzzi. I’m pregnant with my second and I take as hot and long a shower as I like- the only risk would be getting lightheaded and fainting, which could hurt you but not the baby (at least not this early). I hung out in a shower with the very hot spray directly on my back for hours during labor!
Post # 12
Before I was pregnant I took longer showers with the water as hot as it would go. It’s gets cold in the Winter here and I liked the warmth of the water.
After my embryo transfer I turned down the water temperature and limited to 10 minutes. It’s luke warm but not hot. And I don’t come out of the shower red and overheated anymore.
I was only cautioned about hot tubs, not hot showers, but I’m just more comfortable now.
Do whatever you are used to and enjoy this exciting time. Congratulations! 🙂
Post # 13
Omg I was literally just googling the same thing!! I’m dying for a hot bath right now too. It’s soooo cold here!! My mom is a nurse tho and scared me saying that it could raise body temp too much and potentially cause birth defects. Now I don’t know what to do. I think I’m just going to freeze until I can talk to my doctor. Ugggggh 🛀🏽
Post # 14
My doctor said hot showers are fine
hot baths are ok bc the water isn’t constantly moving and heated, so your body temp won’t be raised like it would with a hot tub.
Post # 15
My nonmedical opinion: I dont think a shower can possibly hurt you, because you arent even fully in the water, and it is such a short time. If you want a long warm bath, get one of those little thermometers and keep the water under 102 degrees. Bring a cool glass of water with you. And if you ever feel overheated or dizzy, get out.