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Can I use a Hot Tub While Pregnant?

While you are pregnant, you should be careful about using spas or hot tubs. During pregnancy, there are always risks of harming your fetus if you overextend your time in a hot tub or even in a hot bath for that matter. As a rule of thumb you should never enter a hot tub during your first trimester, specifically for the first 28 days (when you may not even know you are pregnant unfortunately).

During this crucial period when the spine is forming, temperatures over 100 degrees have been shown to cause neural tube defects and possibly increase your risk of miscarriage. After your first trimester is over however, you should be able to use a hot tub quite safely. While the risk of hurting your baby via hot tub is minimal at this stage, you should still take some precautions.

When using a hot tub during pregnancy, you should make sure that the water is not too hot. This may sound funny because the very name of it is a hot tub, but you should never over heat your baby. This is much easier if you have a private hot tub. The hot tubs that are found in swimming pools always tend to be over heated. So if you have a hot tub at your house, lower the temperature a few hours prior to getting in. This can still be relaxing and enjoyable without being scorching hot. Many pregnant women use hot tubs in this fashion because they are still getting the benefits of the jets massaging their legs and back, but instead of being in hot water, they are being refreshed by cooler water.

You will also want to make sure that the water is extremely clean before you enter it. Any types of bacteria or virus’s in the water could cause infections and that is something you do not want to have to be dealing with during pregnancy.

1000 Questions About Your PregnancySome people might say that it is fine to use a hot tub during at time of pregnancy and at any temperature. That is not information you want to be following. You should always make sure the water temperature is cool; anywhere under 100*F. You should also not use a hot tub in your first trimester, and always make sure the water is very clean. If you’re hot tub is not chlorinated, you should not enter it with anyone who is infected with any type of transferable illness.

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29 Responses to “Can I use a Hot Tub While Pregnant?”

  1. I guess this somehow disproves the myth I’ve heard about women who are pregnant must not use a hot tub. Somehow because they can still use it, but NEVER during the first trimester.

    Posted by Terry | June 11, 2009, 12:36 am
  2. Hi! My name is Bethany Rampp. I am pregnant and need some more information during my pregnancy and what I have to do before the baby is born. I did took a nice warm bath yesterday and I was wondering if that’s okay and if I should continue on that.

    Posted by Bethany Rampp | September 25, 2009, 8:19 am
  3. I personally don’t see the reason why you can’t use a hot tub. It’s not like your going to drown the baby or something.
    In all honesty, i think it will actually have a calming effect on the baby and you as well.

    Posted by kitkat | October 22, 2009, 11:56 am
    • Wow – I sure would not want to take your advice! Best to contribute when you have something valuable to say! Have you google hot tubs and pregnancy? Try that first. Have you known anyone who has a child with spina bifida. Doubt you’d want to risk it.

      Posted by Joan | March 4, 2012, 4:16 am
  4. Hi
    No certainly not,would be my answer,hot tubs are full of chemicals for one,maybe the hot tempature would most likely not do any harm,but I for one would certainly not allow my pregnant wife anywhere near a hot tub


    Posted by mike | October 29, 2009, 6:52 am
  5. I had heard different things on hot tubs too and I didn’t know who to believe. I don’t bother with the hot tub now but thanks for the helpful info.

    Posted by Hailey | October 29, 2009, 7:24 am
  6. Another huge issue to consider is keeping your hot tub clean. The levels need to be watched, and salt water tubs are always safer.

    Posted by Amy Appleton | November 16, 2009, 12:05 pm
  7. What’s the difference between a hot tub and a bath? The temperature? Is this evidence proven and would a gynae give you this advice?

    Posted by Matt | January 28, 2010, 10:00 pm
    • Sheryl Lyon

      @Matt @ Rowing Machines for Sale: The temperature, time spent inside, depth of water (hot water covering uterus), chemicals and water that other people have been in before the person in question.

      Posted by admin | March 2, 2010, 9:50 pm
  8. There are so many factors to consider, I think it is difficult to make sure “water is extremely clean”, no bacteria, no virus… I would rather wait till the pregnancy is over to really enjoy the spa without any worry. :)

    Posted by Jane | March 25, 2010, 10:30 am
  9. I would suggest pregnant women steer clear of a hot tub. Aside from conflicting opinions of the extreme temperature, one can never truly be sure how clean or unclean the water is. Bacteria lives comfortably in these water temperatures.

    Posted by Jack | April 20, 2010, 5:37 am
  10. Its probably just best to stay away from anything you think could come close to harming your baby.

    Posted by HotTubCover | May 5, 2010, 11:08 pm
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    Posted by LeonardMayra27 | June 12, 2010, 8:57 am
  12. I strongly agree with your article, although the hot tub is a medium for relaxation, but when a women who is pregnant and want to use it then she should be more careful. It may take a more detailed explanation about the safe water temperature in the hot tub. Anyway thanks for your useful information. Round Hot Tubs

    Posted by Marikxon | June 29, 2010, 8:11 pm
  13. I am in the 1st trimester. If we lower our private hot tub to 90 degrees is that safe for me or is the concern then about the chemicals? What’s the difference for going in a public swimming pool? Is that allowed?

    Posted by Kerry | July 17, 2010, 5:36 pm
  14. I would stay away from hot tubs while pregnant. Maybe get a manicure instead.

    Posted by jenn | August 10, 2010, 2:23 am
  15. You should def consult a doctor before getting in a hot tub while your pregnant. I have never really understood why pregnant women shouldnt use them but i am gussing its something to do with the tempreture.

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    Posted by Scott | September 11, 2010, 7:09 am
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  17. Very informative post. Thanks for sharing these informations and there are lots of pregnant women should be aware about this.

    Posted by hector | September 16, 2010, 12:26 am
  18. thanks for sharing with me this information. I really like it. I just got married and I’m not even pregnant yet but if that happens I know what to do.

    Posted by Armil at manicures | November 17, 2010, 7:26 am
  19. I have been cleared by the doctor to use my private hot tub at 101 degrees as long as we stay on top of the water conditions and don’t allow too many people in it. It is a wonderful source of relaxation for an aching body…..but I would not use a public hot tub due to temperature and bacteria. I feel more at ease in the hot tub rather than the bathtub as the water temp is monitored…..granted the hot tub is outside so that keeps me cooler as well

    Posted by Kerry | December 16, 2010, 9:56 am
  20. I have been using my hot tub quite regularly and a few times it’s been quite hot of about 38.5 degrees celcius. I just found out I’m prenant. Should I be concerned?

    Posted by Tiffany | February 14, 2011, 10:02 pm
  21. Can I use a Hot Tub While Pregnant? You can use the hot tubs to give birth. But you must be accompanied by a special expert who handles birth in water. Otherwise it would be very dangerous.

    Posted by Luxury Hot Tubs | July 18, 2011, 2:50 pm
  22. Well, I found this kinda obvious. Why mess with a developing fetus? While you are at, go smoke and drink. Otherwise if you care about your baby, see a chiropractor for your self and baby afterwards. trauma comes in all shapes and sizes… that birth canal is rough!

    Posted by David | August 2, 2011, 10:44 pm
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