The modern electric blankets are one of the best ways of saving money and still keeping yourself warm in the chilly nights.
However, one question that pops out often is whether electric blanket during pregnancy is safe or not. With the baby developing in your womb, it is quintessential that the baby’s safety should be given priority over the comfort that an electric blanket provides.
Most people are worried that the use of an electric blanket can lead to rise in body temperature, thereby causing miscarriage. Another logic that is often given is that an electric blanket generates an electromagnetic field leading to birth defects or miscarriage of the baby.
If you are planning on using an electric blanket during your pregnancy, here are a few things you should know about the same, before making a decision.
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Is It Safe To Use An Electric Blanket During Pregnancy?
The fear that an electric blanket can increase your body temperature is baseless. Here is what a research about safety of electric blanket reveals:
- A recently conducted research says that it is extremely unlikely that an electric blanket can increase your body temperature. Generally, miscarriage or damage to spinal nerve can occur only when the body temperature rises significantly above the 39 degrees Celsius1 that is not possible when you use an electric blanket.
- With the modern electric blankets, the safety is enhanced much more as they come with temperature control system. This makes them much safer to use during pregnancy and even eliminates the possibilities of catching fire or burning your body during sleep.
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Risk Of Electro Magnetic Fields
Although the electromagnetic field generated by electric blankets do not cause any harm during pregnancy, there are certain advantages as well as risks associated with its use at different stages of the pregnancy:
- In a survey conducted on thousands of women who were pregnant and were using electric blankets, the impact of electromagnetic field was varied, as other factors such as weather conditions, habits of alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking also plays a major role.
- Even though the result was not completely consistent, it confirmed that when the pregnant women used an electric blanket with very high settings, there was an increased risk of miscarriage especially in the first seven weeks of the carrying.
- Similarly, pregnant women in the last month of their last trimester were more likely to give birth to an underweight child if they used an electric blanket for a long time on high setting.
- On the other hand, pregnant women who continued using electric blanket all through their pregnancy on low setting did not face any problem due to electromagnetic field as less amount of electricity is used for regulating the temperature.
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Precautions And Recommendations For Using Electric Blanket
To avoid any health problems or damage to the fetus, here are some precautions for using electric blankets during pregnancy:
- Doctors suggest that a pregnant woman should avoid using an electric blanket, especially in the first seven weeks of her pregnancy when the chances of miscarriage and endometrial cancer due to electromagnetic field are more.2
- Experts advise use of an extra thick duvet or hot water bottle to keep the body warm instead of the electric blanket.
- After the first seven weeks, the risk of miscarriage is considerably low and you can safely use an electric blanket on low settings.1
- Similarly, the use of electric blanket should be stopped in the last month of pregnancy as the water might break and can cause electric shock.
Each woman faces different pregnancy symptoms and problems. Hence a proper consultation with a health expert is must before finally starting the use of electric blankets in pregnancy.
Depending upon your health, the baby’s development and the surrounding weather conditions, your doctor will advise you properly on the use of electric blankets.
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