Are Body Wraps Safe During Pregnancy?

Body wraps and pregnancy

Body wraps involve the application of heated towels or wraps to specific areas of the body to melt away fat and treat aches and pains. This procedure is not safe during pregnancy because there is no way to regulate how high body temperature will rise, or effectively judge how much heat is making its way to the fetus.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the core temperature of a pregnant woman should not exceed 102.2° F (38° C). Common everyday activities like exercise can raise body temperature beyond this point, so you can imagine what wrapping the body in heated bandages for extended periods will do to body temperature.

Risks of using body wraps while pregnant

Several pregnant women have asked if body wraps can be used if the abdominal area is avoided. The restriction is only one part of the treatment process. Even if the abdomen is avoided to protect blood flow and circulation to the fetus, body wraps will increase core body temperature. In addition to increasing the risk of miscarriage, increasing core temperature can also increase the risk of spinal disorders in early pregnancy.

Core body temperature should not be confused with basal body temperature (BBT). Basal body temperature is read first thing in the morning before a woman gets out of bed. Typically, in the first few weeks after conception, a rise in basal body temperature can also denote a miscarriage. Basal body temperature often reads between 97°F and 98° F.

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