Are They Safe?

No matter the source of the heat, you should avoid raising your body temperature too much during pregnancy.

pregnant woman question bikini braThis means skipping hot baths and soaks in the hot tub, as well as staying out of the sun and the sauna. Such heat has been linked to miscarriage and birth defects.

Other perhaps not-so-obvious heat sources:

If you use an electric blanket on your bed, use it only to warm the bed, and shut it off when you get in.

Wear lightweight clothing, drink fluids before, during, and after exercise -- and don't overdo.

In the summertime, open the doors and let your car air out before getting in, and don't sit more than a couple minutes in a hot car while you wait for someone. This is a good lesson to keep in mind for your baby, too.

Parked cars get dangerously hot, even on cool days.

If you have a fever -- which is your body's attempt to kill off viruses and bacteria -- talk to your caregiver about how (and if) to treat it.

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