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According to Baby's Best Chance (PDF 14.88 MB), when you are pregnant it is important not to increase your inner body temperature. Overheating can increase your developing baby’s body temperature which can affect their healthy development.
If you choose to use a hot tub or sauna while pregnant, follow this advice: lower the temperature to below 38.9°C (102°F); spend a maximum of only 10 minutes in a hot tub or 15 minutes in a sauna. Have another adult with you; and get out right away if you feel dizzy, faint, have a rapid pulse, irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, or tingling in your feet or hands. In a hot tub, sit with your arms and chest above the water.
For more information about hot tub health and safety, see HealthLinkBC File #27a Residential Hot Tubs and Pools: Health and Safety Tips. If you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy, labour, or baby care, speak with your health care provider. You may also call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse anytime of the day or night, any day of the year, or a pharmacist from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Adaptation Date: 9/23/2021
Adapted By: HealthLink BC
Adaptation Reviewed By: HealthLink BC