The Danger Of Sulfur Baths For Pregnant Women And Fetuses?
Hello, I am 28 years old. I am pregnant with 7 months of pregnancy, a few weeks ago before I knew I was pregnant I had an excursion to the crater area and soaked in water. If I could know whether what I was doing could risk the fetus? u003cbr u003e Can it be detected directly if it affects the fetus? And what steps can I take to minimize the risk to the fetus?
Good evening, thanks for the question
Soaking in hot water during pregnancy, whether or not it contains sulfur, is very risky. Bathing for more than 10 minutes can increase body temperature up to 38.9 degrees Celsius which is called hyperthermia which can cause disruption of oxygen supply to the fetus. According to research soaking in hot water risks causing disruption of nerve tube development that can cause abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord if done especially in the early weeks of pregnancy. Other research states it can increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. For this reason you should avoid soaking in hot water for a long time during pregnancy.
Consider the following things if you want to soak in hot water when pregnant, namely:
- Not more than 10 minutes
- Stop bathing if you start feeling dizzy, sweaty, and feeling uncomfortable
- Use water temperature not more than 36.5 degrees Celsius
- It is better to sit in an area where the water temperature is not too high
If you've already had a chance to soak in hot water, especially if done for a long time and more than once during the early pregnancy, you should consult the condition with an obstetrician to check for possible disorders of the central nervous development in the fetus early on.
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