How to Use a Heating Pad During Pregnancy1

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Wear the pad for short periods of time.,
Use the lower temperature settings.,
Use on a localized area.,
Use the heating pad while awake.,
See your doctor for abdominal pain.,
Use a heating pad to warm the bed.,
Wrap the heating pad in a towel or blanket.

The most important thing to remember while pregnant is that your core body temperature needs to be kept lower than 102.2 degrees. Because of this, you need to ensure that you do not use the heating pad for too long.

The normal cut off for a heating pad is 20 minutes. This should be the right amount of time to use it for one session. Make sure you give yourself a break between uses so your body has time to cool back down.;
, With excessive use or on high settings, heating pads can cause skin burns or increase your body temperature too much. Do not sleep while using a heating pad, and keep the pad on the lowest setting that gives you relief.

Generally, you should start with the lowest setting and moving up. However, you should never use the highest setting while pregnant., A heating pad should not be used to heat large areas of your body. This is not good for your skin or your body temperature. The more of your body that is exposed to the heating pad, the higher your body temperature will rise.

Instead, just use the pad on your back, knee, or shoulder, one area at a time., Make sure you only use the heating pad while you are awake. If you use it while sleeping, this can cause serious problems. You could accidentally leave it on and burn your skin or heat your body temperature too high.

Make sure you turn it off before you get into bed and don’t use it in bed at all. You don’t want to accidentally fall asleep with it on., If you are having pains in your abdomen, you should see your doctor immediately. There could be something more serious going on with your baby. For any pains near the abdomen, you should not use the heating pad. Although there is no direct evidence that the electromagnetic forces involved with powering heating pads can cause harm to your baby, it is possible that sustaining a temperature of over 103 °F (39 °C) may cause developmental problems.

Due to this possibility, do not ever place a heating pad directly on your abdomen.
Consider substituting a warm extra blanket for the heating pad, and be sure to remove it when your skin is quite warm to the touch., If you are nervous about applying heating pads to your body while pregnant because of skin care or the small volume of electric currents they emit, you may wish to consider ways to get some of the benefits of a heating pad without direct contact. Turn on an electric blanket or heating pad and place it under your blanket or in between your sheets to warm the bed. Remove it or turn it off once you are ready to go to bed or lay down.

This will enable you to enjoy the warmth the heating pad would provide without direct contact with the pad or the flow of electric currents.

, To subdue the effects of a heating pad, you can cover it with another piece of cloth, such as a towel or blanket. Wrapping a heating pad in another layer of clothing, such as a sweatshirt that no longer fits, makes it safer to use a heating pad on your muscles.

If your back hurts, try placing the heating pad beneath a lightweight pillow that you position behind your back while you recline on a couch or bed. Just remember that the pad is on and that it should be turned off before you fall asleep to prevent a fire or burn hazard.

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