I highly recommended that obstetricians, health clubs, private stores selling equipment, and other facilities with hot tubs and saunas warn pregnant women of these risks their baby when pregnant women are exposed to elevated temperatures for prolonged periods of time.
In addition, the range of temperature in the saunas and hot tubs should be posted along with warnings of recommended exposure times. To be safe, pregnant women should be exposed to temperatures less than 100° F for under 15 minutes only after the first trimester. To play it even safer, many mothers should avoid hot tubs and saunas altogether until after they have delivered.
Dr. Brown, founder of Beauté de Maman, is a board-certified member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the American Medical Association, the Fairfield County Medical Association, Yale Obstetrical and Gynecological Society and the Women's Medical Association of Fairfield County. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Tufts University, completed her medical training at George Washington University Medical Center and completed her internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Brown has a busy obstetrical practice in Stamford, Connecticut and, as a clinical attending, actively teaches residents from Stamford Hospital and medical students from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
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