Posts Tagged ‘bath’

Soaking in the tub when pregnant – is it safe?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

soaking-in-the-tubGot aching muscles? For those of you who are pregnant, exercise, like shoveling after this weekend’s snow, should be kept at moderate levels (that is if your doc first says it’s okay). And for those of us who are feeling the strains of underused muscles, soaking in the tub sounds very inviting.

A warm bath can feel soothing and should not pose a health problem to a pregnant woman and her baby. But sitting in a hot tub or sauna is not a good idea. As inviting as they may be, any spa treatments that raise your body temperature (like mud baths, hot wax and seaweed wraps) are almost always unsafe during pregnancy. Steam rooms, hot tubs, and saunas can raise your body temperature to over 102 F in just ten minutes. This can be dangerous for you and your baby. Some studies have shown an increased risk of miscarriage or neural tube defects in babies exposed to high temperatures during the first four to six weeks of pregnancy. 

Overheating can lower your blood pressure which might make you lightheaded and at risk of falling.  Low blood pressure can potentially affect the oxygen supply flowing to your baby, and that’s not a good thing either.

So, enjoy a warm bath and relax your tight muscles, but avoid spa treatments that can quickly raise your body temperature while you’re pregnant

Baby bathers recalled

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

summer-infant-baby-bather-recallThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling nearly 2 million Summer Infant Baby Bathers because of falling and head injury risks. When the bather is lifted or carried with a baby in it, its folding wire frame can suddenly become unfastened from the side hinge, dropping the baby out of the bather. CPSC has received reports of babies who suffered head injury from falling out of these bathers.

The bathers were sold in stores nationwide from September 2004 through November 2011. If you have any of the recalled Summer Infant Baby Bathers, CPSC urges that you stop using the bathers immediately and contact Summer Infant for a free repair kit at (800) 426-8627 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit summerinfant.com/batherrepairkit. Do not return baby bathers to stores as the retailers will not have the repair kit.

The repair kit includes a locking strap and instructions. However, even with the new locking strap, never lift or carry the baby bather with a baby in it. To learn more about this recall, please visit cpsc.gov.