A sauna can be a great way to relax after a stressful day, and some think that it is a way to release toxins from the body, but is it something that you can do while you’re pregnant? We wish we could say yes, but it’s looking like this is something to take a pass on.
The thought of being in a sauna while you’re pregnant might sound relaxing, but your baby’s well-being should be at the forefront of your thoughts. There are infrared saunas that are supposed to penetrate deep into the skin to unlock toxins, or you could go in a traditional sauna that uses ordinary heating elements to make it warm. However, neither of these is recommended while you’re pregnant because you don’t want to overheat yourself.
Sitting in a sauna with a perfect temperature is a great way to relax. You can watch the sweat start forming on your pores, and you can feel your muscles start to relax. It’s a great way to relieve tension, stress, and some believe that sweating it up gets rid of toxins in the body. Whatever is going on, you tend to feel great once you are done with the sauna. Usually we recommend doing whatever it takes to feel good while you’re pregnant, because this helps with a healthy birth, but we can’t give the go-ahead on this one.
Can I Go in a Sauna While Pregnant? Answer: Not Recommended
Unfortunately, you’ll have to delay the pleasure of going into a sauna until after you give birth. There our specific dangers involved when you raise your core body temperature over 101°, and this is not something that should be taken lightly. You definitely don’t want to be responsible for any complications that arise during your pregnancy, and if you are having a high risk pregnancy you should already have your feelers up for anything that is out of the ordinary, or could jeopardize your baby’s health.
Any Good Alternatives?
You can still get a massage while you’re pregnant, and that’s probably the best runner-up to going into a sauna. If you go with a qualified massage therapist they will be able to adjust their session accordingly once you tell them that you’re pregnant.
You could take a warm bath, and use aromatherapy as a way to chill out as much as possible. Other than that, you can do some light exercises that will give you the same good feelings that you get from being in a sauna, but theywon’t be as relaxing of course. There are just some things that you have to go without while you are expecting.
It Will All Be Worth It
The peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are doing your best to give your baby a good head start in life feels far better than any short-term gains you’ll experience while being in a sauna. It’s really about thinking long-term, and a nine month view on things usually gives people a better outlook on life. If you’ve gotten used to only thinking about yourself, it can be hard making the adjustment to thinking for two, but you’ll really need to do that from now until they move out, so it’s good to get some practice in.
Feeling Good Is So Important
It’s important to feel good while you’re pregnant, as this can help insure that everything goes well throughout all three trimesters. That’s why it’s important to pamper yourself along the way, and at every chance you get. Eating healthy, giving up smoking, giving up drinking, and giving up other things that you enjoy doing but that could harm your baby can take its toll on your sense of independence. That’s why it’s important to pamper yourself with the things that you can do, whenever you get the chance.
We are staunch supporters of doing things that make you feel good, but only if they also have a positive effect on your baby. In this case, given the risks involved with doing a sauna, we are recommending against it, and promising yourself that you’ll jump in one just as soon as you can after a successful delivery.