Pregnancy fact or fiction: Getting into hot water

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I can't remember the last time I faced forward in the shower. Ever since I became pregnant with baby number one I've been facing away from the shower. It's all because of something I heard and read about during the early states of my first trimester: stay out of hot water when you're pregnant.

Is there any truth to this? And, how does one best avoid it--especially if one loves a hot shower more than pretty much anything in life? I spend as little time in the shower as possible these days due to the green movement, but when I'm in there I must admit it's hard for me to give in to the notion of the cold shower.

According to what I've heard, hot water is bad for a developing fetus. Basically, the increased temperature is not natural for the body and sort of cooks the baby. The American Pregnancy Association discusses this pregnancy fact or fiction specifically in reference to hot tubs, not showers, stating doing so can cause hypothermia to the fetus.

Raising the body temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit has caused concern over fetuses developing birth defects--or for the woman to miscarry--when women sit in hot tubs during their first trimester specifically. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a pregnant woman never let her core temperature rise above 102 degrees. It is suggested to take a warm bath to sooth aches and pains instead, as the water doesn't get as hot and starts to cool off instantly, unlike a hot tub.

Still, my concern for the shower was raised the whole time I was pregnant. I followed a pal's suggestion and only faced away from the water, turning my butt a nice shade of pink, I imagine. That seems silly now but I can't help but do it anyway.

What about you? Did you use a hot tub or indulge in hot showers when you were pregnant?

Pic of hot tub by bolton-.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.