Sauna in pregnancy
Sauna with baby ball?
In the end, there is nothing wrong with going to the sauna during pregnancy. Especially women who have visited the sauna regularly before their pregnancy, can easily pursue their hobby. This is because those pregnant women are already "trained". The body already knows the sauna and will also, if a person grows up in him, cause no "problems".
However, if you have very little experience, you should first exercise caution. Especially because of the hormone change, the circulation can play a trick. Since the pregnant woman anyway - due to the unborn child - has an additional circulatory load, the sauna can certainly increase the burden. For this reason, it is advisable that "inexperienced women" renounce the sauna in the first three months.
After that speaks, if a normal course of pregnancy is given, nothing against a sweat cure. Anyone who has reservations should ask their doctor or gynecologist in advance for advice. Those can estimate the risk - on the basis of the course of pregnancy.
What speaks for a sauna?
The regular sauna naturally promotes good health. The body temperature rises to feverish temperatures and the body subsequently activates its defense cells. The skin surface warms up, the blood vessels dilate and the muscles can relax. The cardiovascular system improves, diseases are combated in advance and the joints and respiratory tract are improved.
All those aspects are especially helpful for pregnant women. Furthermore, the pregnant woman prevents - due to the loss of fluid - water retention or existing edema can be degraded. The sauna also relaxes the muscles. This is especially for the upcoming birth process of enormous advantage.
So if the pregnant woman goes to the sauna regularly before pregnancy (and also during pregnancy), she may sometimes have a lighter birth than those women who have always avoided a sauna. The sauna not only helps the body, but also the psyche. Here, the pregnant woman can actually relax 100 percent.
Risk of a sauna visit
However, if the pregnant woman suffers from circulatory problems or was unable to gain experience prior to the pregnancy, she should avoid the sauna in the first few months. The sauna should also be avoided if it is a risk pregnancy or sometimes pregnancy complications have occurred.
Even with high blood pressure, kidney problems or varicose veins, it is advisable to deny the passage into the sauna until the child is already in the world. Those who are close to their due date should also do without the sauna. The temperatures - in conjunction with numerous aroma additives - can cause contractions.
Tips for saunas
In the end, it does not matter if the pregnant woman is "trained" or not - it is important that you do not overdo it with the sauna. The following points should therefore be taken into account:
- No high temperatures: it is advisable to use the lower benches. It gets less hot here. A vivarium or biosauna may also be a suitable alternative to the Finnish variant.
- Do not overdo it: one sauna visit per week is sufficient; There should be no more than two saunas per visit.
- The right preparation: If you take a warm foot bath before you go to the sauna, it stimulates the blood circulation and prepares the body for sweating.
- The cycle: whoever lies should get up carefully. The risk of circulation problems is higher during pregnancy.
- Avoid the plunge pool: If you like to cool off in the plunge pool after the sauna, you should take a cold shower during the pregnancy. First the legs, then the arms and subsequently the back and then cool the stomach!
- Of course, hygiene is especially important. Especially if you are pregnant, infections must be avoided at all costs. If you go to a public sauna, you should always use a fresh towel.
- After the sauna, it is important to recover even at "normal temperatures" and drink enough. This allows the lost fluid to be replenished.
Steam room or sauna?
Many women experience low temperatures - between 50 and 60 degrees - more pleasant. An alternative is the steam room. Here temperatures of maximum 50 degrees are reached. However, it should be noted that many pregnant women - although there are lower temperatures in the steam bath - have major problems with the circulation when they go into the steam room.
The reason is the damp heat, which pollutes the circulation more. It is important that - no matter whether one is trained or not - the signs of the body are recognized. If you do not feel well or think you have problems with your circulation, you should not use the sauna completely. If you are unsure, you should contact your doctor in advance.