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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:09 AM   1
lovelea
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Electric blanket - is it ok?


Hi,

I know this may be a really silly question but it dawned on me as I was in bed last night that my electric blanket might not be a good thing. I know having a hotish bath is ok as the water cools quite quickly and I know saunas are a no no. But I love having my electric blanket on high when I sleep then I turn it down eventually when I'm too hot and with the way I lie my stomach is lieing on it as I twist half on my side and my tummy. So is this constant heat on my stomach going to do any damage to the baby or am I just being silly? My blanket is really warn but I'm guessing not as hot as a sauna.

I couldn't really sleep last night after the thought popped into my head.

Just want to add that I have a blanket where it is safe to leave on all night.

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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:18 AM   2
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I have heard that electric blankets are a big NO NO while pregnant. Not exactly sure as to why though. Hope you can find more info on this though.



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:36 AM   3
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I found this...

http://www.hygienesuppliesdirect.com...d_garden/?p=60



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:46 AM   4
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As far as I know electric blankets are a no no because they can cause your body to overheat, especially in your sleep where you might not notice immediately. I'd stay clear of it just in case. Maybe go for a hot water bottle at your feet instead?



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 02:47 AM   5
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Thanks pink80 that is a really useful article. Low temp all the way!!!



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:28 PM   6
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I wondered about this but have carried on using it to warm myself up then turn it off or really low ......



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:55 PM   7
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I use a heating pad and mine turns itself off after about a half an hour. When I wake up in the night I turn it back on so I can fall asleep quickly. The heating pad has no significant damages that it causes. It doesnt actually heat up your body temp. The blanket I would check out just because it does wrap all the way around your body.




 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 12:58 PM   8
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Oooo I never even thought of that! Been hammering my electric blanket with all this cold weather! Perhaps it's time to ditch it in favour of a hot water bottle. Booooooo. Thanks for raising this one!



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 13:40 PM   9
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i read it was to do with radiating an electromagnetic field, thats why it wasnt safe, i am gutted as i loved my blankie !!



 
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Old Feb 2nd, 2011, 13:49 PM   10
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I have the opposite problem, even though it's cold, I cannot stand being more than luke warm. I will wake up to kick the blankets off of me only to wake up to pulling them back on. I would say try a heating pad on your feet. How about a heater in the room to help control the temperature without it being directly on you? Or using the blanket to warm the bed but then turning it off once you're in. When I went in to get acupuncture before becoming pregnant, she told me that as long as I keep my feet warm, my body's temperature will regulate itself to a comfortable level. How about sleeping with warm socks on?



 
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