Miscarriage: Watch Out For Heat And EMF's With Waterbeds and Electric BlanketsI really don't know too many people who use waterbeds anymore, but there are newer ones out there that are still sold.
This article talks about how there may be a higher rate of miscarriage with heated waterbeds and electric blankets. I did have a waterbed when I was pregnant, but I always unplugged it when I was in bed. Read more:
Probably. But you may be concerned about the temperature of the bed and the electricity used to heat the bed.
First, let's consider the concern about overheating your body during pregnancy. Some studies have shown that raising a pregnant woman's body temperature above 101 degrees F for an extended period in the first trimester can increase the risk of miscarriage or neural tube birth defects. (Neural tube defects involve an opening in the brain or spine of a fetus).
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However, most people don't heat their waterbeds above body temperature, so it's very unlikely that using a waterbed would elevate your temperature high enough to endanger your baby. But you'll want to make sure, if you do sleep on a waterbed, that its temperature stays at about 100 degrees F or below.
Second, you may be worried about the electricity used to heat the bed. A 1986 study did find an increased incidence of miscarriage in women who used electric blankets and heated waterbeds. But several studies performed since then have not found a connection between electrically heated beds and miscarriage.
That said, it's important to note that sleeping on a waterbed with a newborn baby is not recommended. The beds are too soft, so there's an increased risk of suffocating the baby.