There are often a lot of aches and pains that come with pregnancy and nothing sounds better than to ease those aches and relax your tired body with a nice dip in a hot tub. But did you know that hot tubs aren’t typically recommended for use by pregnant women? For one hot tub use can potentially cause Hypothermia or high blood pressure in pregnant women.
Hot Tub Patrol, a professional hot tub maintenance service explains that hot tubs are usually set to maintain their temperature at 104 degrees. Hot tubs are designed to maintain a steady temperature by consistently recirculating the water. Pregnant women should not raise their body temperature over 102.2 degrees while pregnant to prevent possible complications. In fact, it has been found that becoming overheated during pregnancy carries with it an increased risk of birth defects for your unborn child.
Another factor to consider with hot tub use during pregnancy is the germs and PH balance of the spas water. Warm water is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and regular maintenance is required as well as constant monitoring to make sure that the chemical levels remain at a PH balance within the water and to make sure that the water stays at the proper temperature to help discourage the growth of harmful bacteria. It is important to both pregnant women and anyone else using the hot tub that the right chemicals and the right amount of chemicals are used. It is also highly advised that the water is tested using pool test strips on a regular basis.
Should you decide to use a hot tub while pregnant and you are not the owner of the hot tub you will be using Hot Tub Patrol expert, Rick advises that you ask the owner of the hot tub a few questions. Hot tub maintenance should be taken very seriously because of potentially harmful bacteria growth and overuse of chemicals whether pregnant or not, however, it is even more important when you are.
- Do you replace the filter regularly?
- Do you have the hot tub serviced by a professional hot tub maintenance company?
- How often do you test the spas water using pool test strips?
- What temperature do you keep the water heated to regularly?
Asking questions and having a better understanding of what type of water you will be getting into is very important should you choose to utilize a hot tub while pregnant. Also, remember before making your decision on hot tub use that the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) highly advise against hot tub use because becoming overheated during pregnancy is both dangerous to you and your unborn child. And if overheated in the 1st trimester of pregnancy you do run the risk of suffering a miscarriage.