Is using a hot water bottle safe while expecting a baby?
There is nothing quite like getting a hot water bottle to warm you up throughout the winter months – or to soothe any pains, aches, and cramps you might be experiencing during pregnancy. But is a hot water bottle safe during pregnancy?
One of the many questions pregnant women ask is how safe it is to use a hot water bottle – and whether or not the heat is safe for the unborn child.
Using a hot water bottle can be a great way to ease cramps and pains
Cramps, aches, and pains in your belly during pregnancy are normal but can be painful. But a bit of warmth can be a great way to soothe these pregnancy niggles. Research has shown that a hottie is good for use during pregnancy. Using one is a great way to encourage your muscles to relax and combat any aches or pains you might be experiencing. You can also use it on other areas where you are experiencing discomfort, such as around your hips, between your thighs, or under your bump.
And don’t worry…
Your baby is incredibly protected in the womb and won’t feel the warmth from it. The womb muscles are exceptionally strong and designed to provide a safe environment for your baby to grow. You would be amazed at how much protection your baby has inside your tummy, and there are several layers between the item and your baby, so the baby will not be affected. Similarly, a hot water bottle can help if you are suffering from symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
Should you get too hot?
Carrying a bump about can make you feel as if you had central heating, but you should only be concerned if your core temperature rises dramatically. Hot baths are a no-no since they have been linked to spina bifida, but the heat from a hot water bottle is so little that it won’t damage your entire body. Hot water bottles can be very beneficial when you go into labor, especially in the early stages.
Safety ways to use your hot water bottle
There are a few “dos” and “don’ts” you must consider when using hot water bottles and heating pads:
- Whether you are pregnant or not, it is best to use a cover so that you don’t get burnt.
- Check your hot water bottle for any split or leakage signs, perishing rubber, or signs of wear and tear. Replace if you spot any.
- Make sure the lid fits firmly before usage
- Check your hot water bottles for safety standard mark
- Use your hot water bottle with an electric blanket
- Overfill your bottle. About 3/4 filling is okay
- Apply the hottie directly to your skin, as it could burn you. You can wrap it in a towel or use it over your clothing instead.
- Be careless when filling your hot water bottle with boiling water, as this can cause spitting and may lead to your bottle leaking or splitting.
- Avoid sitting on your hottie or putting lots of weight on it, as it could burst.
While we advise that pregnant women avoid hot tubs and hot baths, hot water bottles are too small to make the core body temperature rise. However, it is best to avoid applying it directly to your bump.
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