This is a somewhat serious post. Cause I found out I’ve been doing a bad thing.
When you’re pregnant, you’re supposed to avoid really hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, heating pads, electric blankets, love, warm breezes and anything else that might remotely improve the lower back pain you feel in those first few weeks.
For the record, the theory behind this (to the best that I can figger) is that all of these lovely devices raise your core temperature. Anything above 102 degrees is a problem and can result in everything from hemorrhages to miscarriages to birth defects to comfort to hard-boiled embryos (which are not kosher).
I still take long, luxurious baths. Following the advice of a former OB/GYN, I bought a bath thermometer that you use for babies (to make sure the water isn’t too hot) and I always keep the temp low. Just for kicks, I took my temperature the other day while I was in the tub in an event to clear my mind of any worries that I might be bathing in water that was too hot. For the record, the water was 98-99 degrees. Not much warmer than the 98.6 that humans are supposed to be.
Imagine my surprise when my temperature came back: 101 degrees.
I don’t know if this was contributing to the bleeding in my uterus. I do know that I was completely flummoxed that what I thought was a really moderate temperature would still cause my body to run so hot. So it’s no more baths for me for awhile. Any cooler and I wouldn’t enjoy them (I only took the temps to begin with because I thought it was so cold that I was going to add more hot water).
It’s the Wife of Shower’s tale from now on.