All Children's Hospital Logo

Health Information Library

Parents > Q&A > Pregnancy and Infants > Can I Take Long, Hot Showers While I'm Pregnant?
Can I Take Long, Hot Showers While I'm Pregnant?

I’ve always loved taking hot showers and soaking in a hot tub. But are these safe now that I’m pregnant?
- Shannon

As relaxing as long, steamy showers or a soak in a hot tub can be when your body is feeling the aches and pains of pregnancy, it's best to avoid becoming overheated. Raising your body temperature above 102ºF (38.9ºC) increases the risk for birth defects (such as neural tube defects) in the first trimester and dehydration later in the pregnancy.

So try to limit activities that could raise your core temperature too much, including:

Instead of hot tubs or saunas, take a dip in a cool pool. Try to stick to warm or only slightly hot baths and showers. And follow your body's cues that you're getting overheated when exercising or enjoying the outdoors. Make sure to drink plenty of cool liquids, and take a break from what you're doing so that you don't get too hot.

If you became overheated in the past, don't worry too much about it. Chances are you removed yourself from the uncomfortable situation before any damage was done.

Reviewed by: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD
Date reviewed: October 2012

Related Articles
P    A Week-by-Week Pregnancy Calendar
P    Exercising During Pregnancy
P    Folic Acid and Pregnancy
P    Medical Care During Pregnancy
P    Pregnancy & Newborn Center
P    Pregnancy Precautions: FAQs
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2014 KidsHealth® All rights reserved. Images provided by iStock, Getty Images, Corbis, Veer, Science Photo Library, Science Source Images, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com

Additional Info

Pocket Doc Mobile App
Maps and Locations (Mobile)
Programs & Services
Employment
For Health Professionals
For Patients & Families
Contact Us
Find a Doctor
News
CME

All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 898-7451
(800) 456-4543

Use Normal Template
© 2014 All Children's Hospital - All Rights Reserved