Using a hot tub if pregnant can be potentially damaging to your health. As accidents on holiday go, hot tubs are one of the most common causes. However, they usually cause holiday injuries through accidents such as slips, trips and falls. Using a hot tub if pregnant might not be something you ever think about until it affects you directly.
What are the dangers of using a hot tub if pregnant?
Expert medical advice states that, if you want to go in a hot tub on holiday, you should limit your time. If you are going to get in a hot tub, make sure you are out again in less than 10 minutes. Of course, it’s best to avoid them altogether. Especially if you are in the early stages of pregnancy.
So, why do medical experts give this advice? There are two main reasons.
Sitting in a hot tub can elevate your body temperature to a level that could be potentially dangerous for your baby. Studies have shown that increased temperatures before the seventh week of pregnancy risk neural tube defects. These are significantly serious birth defects that will affect the baby’s skull or spine.
These risks can be greatly reduced by ensuring your temperature stays below 101 degrees F. Just 10 minutes in a hot tub can put you over this threshold.
- Dizzy spells
Pregnancy affects your whole body. You are more prone to dizzy spells, bouts of nausea, morning sickness etc. Getting in a hot tub whilst pregnant makes you more likely to suffer a dizzy spell, or even pass out.
Can I make a compensation claim if I am injured in a hot tub accident?
Whether you’re pregnant or not, accidents with hot tubs can have serious, painful consequences. It can be reassuring to remember that you may be due compensation for your holiday accident.
Whilst financial compensation can never fully make up for the spoiled memories, it can go some way to easing the burden. Holiday accident claims are usually dependent on the following three main criteria:
- The accident occurred within the last three years
- The accident was the fault of someone else or the result of negligence
- A medical professional is able to confirm that the injuries were caused by the accident
If you think you have a holiday injury clam to make, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice