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Old 09-20-2012, 10:48 PM   #11
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Re: Water birth question: do you get cold?

I was very cold and that was the reason I chose not to have a waterbirth with #2. The water could not go above 98 degrees, so it did not feel warm to me, and I hate being wet if I'm not in nice warm jacuzzi-hot water, but that's just me. It was actually distracting to me when I was trying to concentrate on not dying from contractions, to have the discomfort of tepid water on top of that. I will never have a waterbirth again.

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Old 09-21-2012, 03:50 AM   #12
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Not at all! I am always a cold person (right now, the room is 69* at work and I have on a hoodie AND a jacket!) and keep the house heated to 71-72 to be comfortable. I had the tub at 99-101 which is the ideal temp for delivery, and it was perfect. I was working hard so I would get a little warm but sips of ice water really helped, and a cold washcloth to the forehead was awesome. The midwives had big pots of water on the stove and added it in when it got cool, but my labors were fast and it wasn't really needed.

Amylachney--98 is too cold! Why not just add warmer water?!
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:26 AM   #13
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I was too hot so i had ice water and cold wash cloth plus a fan. It was awesome. My pain went from like an 8 to a 3. My birtj centers tub had a heater with a thermostat becauee our state has legislation about how hot the water has to be.
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Re: Water birth question: do you get cold?

My girls were both born in the middle of summer and we turned off the AC when I went into labor so as to not freeze the new baby. So the room was warm. My tub water stayed nice and warm and felt great the whole time.
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Re: Water birth question: do you get cold?

I was hot during labor too and loved the pool. They added water as needed to keep it warm.
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Re: Water birth question: do you get cold?

i was not cold at all but i was only in the tub for about an hour or so. you can always add more hot water if need be and have a heater in the room to make it more comfortable.
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Re: Water birth question: do you get cold?

Wow, ladies! Thanks! For some reason I forgot about all the other people who are there helping you get what you need. That makes more sense to me that they can help regulate the temp as needed.
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:50 PM   #18
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I was very cold and that was the reason I chose not to have a waterbirth with #2. The water could not go above 98 degrees, so it did not feel warm to me, and I hate being wet if I'm not in nice warm jacuzzi-hot water, but that's just me. It was actually distracting to me when I was trying to concentrate on not dying from contractions, to have the discomfort of tepid water on top of that. I will never have a waterbirth again.
This was exactly what I was worried about. I am sorry that's how it happened for you!
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This was exactly what I was worried about. I am sorry that's how it happened for you!
No one took the temp of my water. Unless I was sweating, there was no issue with the temps I picked.
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I'm a cold-natured person so I love me some heat and I like my baths to be HOT! That said, I did not get cold at all in the tub. DD3 I was in an inflatable one and they had a little temp ducky to keep an eye on how warm it was. Plus they had a lid to put on it when I wasn't in it to hold in the heat. I actually got a little warm at one point when ctx were more intense but not enough to get out. DD4 I was in a real tub that had jets and lights (super cool) and it was soooo niiiiiice. At one point I got too warm and needed to get out so I had them break my water while I was out. Ctx picked up and I'm like get me back in that tub!
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