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Can I use a hot water bottle?

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Sully14 Sun 28-Aug-16 17:52:06

I am 13 +5 with my second child but in between I suffered 3 early miscarriages. We have been told the chances of this pregnancy being unsuccessful is less than 1% but as you can imagine we are still very cautious. Can someone please advise if it's safe to use a hot water bottle? I really want to for the stretching pains and now it's getting close to winter but I obviously won't if there is any risk 🤔🤔

outputgap Sun 28-Aug-16 21:12:46

Hi Sully. If you report your own post mn will move it to the pregnancy board where you will get more responses.

But my understanding is that you should avoid anything that raises your core temperature. Hence no jacuzzis and hot tubs etc. I expect an hot water bottle won't raise your core temperature, but I didn't risk it myself, having had a similar history to you. It made me super cautious. Good luck!

Sully14 Sun 28-Aug-16 23:28:45

Thank you outputgap! I'm a bit new here but reported now 👍
I really have been feeling like I really want to use one recently which is a tad odd as I don't normally use it anyway. Thank you for your advice!

DawnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 29-Aug-16 09:50:16

Hi, we're moving this over to our Pregnancy topic now smile

everdene Mon 29-Aug-16 13:29:15

I'd use a hot water bottle, it isn't big enough to raise your whole body temperature enough to be a danger.

Jacuzzi etc - I wouldn't risk it, but a hottie would feel lovely for stretching pains.

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

pastabest Mon 29-Aug-16 13:35:37

I've been using one regularly since about 8 weeks. I'm now nearly 18 weeks. I had a mc with my last pregnancy so I know the anxious feeling well.

I figured there are lots of pregnant women in hot countries, or who work in hot environments e.g kitchens, or that people haven't been miscarrying regularly for centuries because they had a warm bath or a hot shower, and a hot water bottle probably wouldn't be much of a problem.

If you haven't read it already try the Emily Oster book expecting better. I found it really reassuring amongst all of the (sometimes over reactive) lists of dos and donts people spout at you during pregnancy.

nolly3 Mon 29-Aug-16 22:02:36

Another vote for expecting better here - really good, and non preachy.

It's true about core temperature but you'd also feel really uncomfortable if your temp were to rise even a small amount (even in saunas it would only go up by a degree or so) and personally I can stick a sauna for ten mins tops. Baths are fine. Hot water bottle absolutely fine.

Sully14 Mon 29-Aug-16 22:41:25

Thank you all. I will maybe try it next time it's bad 😉

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