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Scared after using sauna and jacuzzi

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Sandy444 Mon 15-Dec-14 15:59:08

Hi everyone

This is my first time here and I am in such a state.

I just found out I am five weeks pregnant with my first baby. As I didn't know I was pregnant, last week I went to a spa with my mum. Luckily I didn't spend long in there but I did spend five to six mins in the sauna. And about fifteen minutes in the jacuzzi but with my head and shoulders out.

I am so panicked after reading about the dangers of these things to babies. My midwife reassured me saying it was a very short time and I came out of the sauna when I felt too hot, and I am also regularly taking folic acid. But I still feel very on edge.

Has anybody else had a similar experience?



callamia Mon 15-Dec-14 16:04:26

I wouldn't worry a bit. Women in Finland etc will still use saunas in more advanced pregnancy, and all is well. It sounds like you didn't overheat and stayed hydrated, so all should be well. And congratulations!

Foggymist Mon 15-Dec-14 16:46:56

You'll be fine. I went to a hot tub and sauna when 13 weeks pregnant, the "worry" with them is that you'll overheat, raising your core temp by 1-2 degrees, but your body will get symptoms of overheating long before that will happen, dizzy/lightheaded, heart thumping, etc. A few minutes in either will do no harm, as mentioned in Scandinavian countries they use them the whole time.

And sorry but your line about not having your head and shoulders in the water gave me a laugh, had a vision of non pregnant people going into hot tubs and ducking their full head and body under the bubbles for a few minutes smile

mrsannekins Mon 15-Dec-14 20:31:23

Don't worry. I used both before i found out was pregnant, no problems at all.

Congratulations x

HappyGoLuckyGirl Mon 15-Dec-14 20:55:31

I had a long, luxurious spa day with my best friend when I was about 3 weeks pregnant. Lots of sauna/steam room/jacuzzi and pool use. 18mo DS is fine smile

Roseylee20 Tue 16-Dec-14 10:00:19

Please don't worry! I'm sure everything will be fine. I'm currently 22 weeks pregnant and when I think back to early pregnancy before I found out, (I must of been around 4-5 weeks pregnant), I had been swimming with my partners 5 year old and had been sliding down the flume numerous times, doing handstands in the pool, and me and my partner also did use the small jacuzzi at the side of the pool for a while. All the best!

wawabear Tue 16-Dec-14 14:14:52

Please don't worry - I did the same before I knew I was pregnant - I am now 21 weeks and all seems fine.

In fact I got horrendously drunk on the Saturday night and then had a spa day on the Sunday morning with a hangover. Lots of sweating it out in the sauna, steam and jacuuzi. So I picked my egg on the Saturday night and poached it on the Sunday morning!

I am sure you will be absolutely fine - I personally think occasional use is fine and they have to tell you the scare stories in case people go overboard.

Try to relax and enjoy this lovely time xx

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