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Hot Tub Safety During Pregnancy

pregnancy safety and hot tubs

Hot tubs are a great way to destress and relax your muscles; however, if you are pregnant, using a hot tub can present some health risks. Your body goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy, so it is important to listen closely to your body’s signs and stay safe. We are going to discuss how to stay safe with your hot tub during pregnancy.

Water Temperature and Your Body

During pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, it is important to keep your body temperature below 102.2°F (39°C). If your body temperature goes above this level, you are putting your baby’s health and development at risk. Always get your doctor’s approval before using your hot tub if you are, or think you may be, pregnant. If you have been given approval, limit your soaking time to 10 minutes and allow plenty of time to cool down. If you start sweating or feeling lightheaded, get out of the tub immediately. 


While hot tub cleanliness is always important, it is especially important to keep your water properly balanced while you are pregnant. Be sure to check your water weekly and keep your sanitizer level between 2.0 and 4.0 (PPM) parts per million. The pH of the water should be kept between 7.2 and 7.6. If your water is not properly balanced, do not enter the water. Also be sure to regularly clean and change the filters. 

Safe Alternatives to Hot Tubbing

Taking A Warm Bath

A warm bath can be a safer alternative to a hot tub. The water in a bath tends to cool down quicker than in a hot tub, so the risks of overheating are much lower. Of course, pay attention to how you feel and stay hydrated. Use caution when getting in and out of the tub as your sense of balance may shift during pregnancy, especially the further along you get. 

Can I put my feet in hot tub during pregnancy?

Yes, a foot bath and massage can create a relaxing experience without the risks of a hot tub. You can use scented salts to help enhance the experience and leave your feet feeling extra soft. 

In Summary 

While hot tubs can provide many benefits, it is best to avoid them during the first trimester of your pregnancy, and if possible, through the entire pregnancy. If you decide to use a hot tub, always consult your doctor and listen to your body.

About The Author:

Manny Brambila

Pool & Spa Expert

Manny has been in the Pool & Spa industry for over 15 years and is considered a pool, swim spa, & hot tub expert. He has been a Certified Pool & Spa Operator (CPO) since 2009 and worked 15 years in aquatic training and development for the largest pool chemical and customer care company. He also has been an outside consultant for the Pool and Spa industry in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles since 2018. In the past few years Manny has become Director of Operations for Epic Hot Tubs with a priority of providing customers with the most reliable information and best service possible.