Is deep heat ok to use while your pregnant?

Jessica - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




im currently 6 months pregnant and i've been having really bad back problems worst than when a pregnant is expected to have, i am wondering if its ok to use deep heat on my lower back


User - posted on 08/31/2009




I was told not use it as it is a diuretic. I was told to use Vicks Vapour Rub for sore and inflamed muscles as it does the same job and does not raise your core body temprature like heat packs.

Jocelyn - posted on 08/31/2009




i had problems with leg cramps while pregnant and the pharmesist (sp?) told me not to use any of the topical treatment because in many of them there is an ingredient that is made from asprin. but you can still use tiger balm! works for me. and it works on headaches too...

Karie - posted on 08/31/2009




deep heat is a topical on the outside of your body. it shouldn't cause any problems, but I would definatly run it past a nurse or doctor. Read the instruction on the container it came in or the warnings on the container itself> it should tell you if it approved for use while pregnant

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Aimee - posted on 09/04/2009




I asked my doctor when I was pregnant and he advised against it. I used to take a hot water bottle eveywhere from drivng in the car, sitting at my desk in work and to bed.

But I did use a heat pack straped to my back while I was gettng labour pains as it was to akward to hold the hot water bottle.

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Not recommended - I had to stop applying it for my fiance while I was pregnant. I used a heatpack or lay on my bed with the electric blanket on for my back when it got uncomfortable. Also - a warm bath does the same thing that deep heat does but much more pleasant! If you have an obliging hubby then you could always try getting a regular massage for the area that it causing you trouble :)

Helen - posted on 08/31/2009




my advice as a pharmacy tech is not to use deep heat,or other anti inflammatory creams as although topical they are absorbed in small quantities into the blood stream and even out of pregnancy they are not advised for large areas such as the lower back. massage, hot water bottles and warm baths are the best options. hope that helps

Kate CP - posted on 08/31/2009




Try shifting positions or using hot packs. You can use a door frame to brace yourself and bend at the waist. This takes a lot of pressure off your back. Get a birth ball and balance on it or try supported squatting. Sounds like your little one is in a position that's putting pressure in uncomfortable places. Try moving around and see if you can get the little guy to move. I would stay away from topical creams...the ingredients will get absorbed into your skin and thus into your blood stream.

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