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Is It Safe To Have Heat On My Belly During Pregnancy?

How hot is too hot for your baby bump—find out.

Hey, housing baby is tough work. When your feet are sore and swollen and your back feels like it's about to give out, there are few things that feel as glorious as a heating pad. But while you can certainly put extra heat on these areas, you should avoid having anything hot directly on your belly for more than 15 minutes at a time. Doctors agree that you don’t want your core body temperature above 102.2 degrees, so if you feel discomfort in your abdomen, speak to your doctor instead of trying to treat it with a heating pad.

Laptops are no exception, either—avoid putting it directly on your belly and keep it in your lap or on a hard surface instead. Hot tubs, jacuzzis and saunas are also a no-no, for the same reasons.

Wondering how you'll ever relieve the stress? There is an upside to all of this: You can use it as an excuse to get a free massage out of your partner. (It’s all for the good of baby, after all.)

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