Hot water bottle when pregnant?

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Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby jvnt » 08 Mar 2014, 12:04

I've got a horrible high temp and am freezing - snuggled under duvet and dh just brought me a hot water bottle - is there anywhere I'm advised not to put it, I seem to remember legs is out as it can cause varicose brains. But if I cuddle it to my bump will he get too hot like having a bath that is too hot?

Sorry if this is a stupid question - I feel quite delirious to be honest and am probably overthinking it?
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby FestiveTidings » 08 Mar 2014, 14:24

I think the thing about hot baths is raising your core temp too much

While putting to your bump probably wouldn't cause problems, I would probably wrap it in a scarf/pashmina and hold it to the middle of your back.

However, if you do have a high temp, a hot water bottle isn't going to help as your body is trying to cool itself down so you will probably just feel colder in the long run.
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby GHJingle » 08 Mar 2014, 18:00

Not relevant to pregnancy, but I recently had a client whose hot water bottle (a new one) burst between her legs. She suffered serious burns, and was only saved from Internal burns by the fact she was wearing a pad at the time. Personally I'm never using one again!!
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby shye » 08 Mar 2014, 19:00

but you're not supposed to use boiling water?
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby GHJingle » 08 Mar 2014, 21:44

She said that it wasn't boiling..... but I never did figure out how she managed to burn herself with not boiling water.... I'm still not using one again!
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby PerpetualMadness » 08 Mar 2014, 22:31

Water doesn't have to be boiling to burn you. Boiling water is at 100 deg C but even at 45 deg C water is v hot. At 55 deg C, you can get full thickness burns in only 15 secs. Our boiler is set to 43 deg and it's plenty hot enough for even me and I like my showers hot.
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby Kitcameron » 10 Mar 2014, 18:39

My MIL got a slow burn too, ie hot water bottle wasn't boiling and didn't feel far too hot to her but she fell asleep with her arm on it and got quite a bad burn.

I don't know about using during pregnancy though, sorry.
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby PerpetualMadness » 10 Mar 2014, 20:56

Yes, that too. I have a scar on my leg from just such a burn.
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Re: Hot water bottle when pregnant?

Postby jvnt » 11 Mar 2014, 01:25

Thank you! Turned out to be hot then cold all night so it wasn't too much of a problem then poor baby dragon got the same thing yesterday - roll on summer!

I've heard awful things about the bean/rice bags too which I thought were safer. Doesn't come up much for us in a sub tropical country and all that but I don't think I'd have survived growing up in my icy freezing house without hot water bottles - the bliss of being freezing and getting into a nice warm bed, we always wrapped them though and it wasn't boiling.
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