I need help with an excuse as to why I can't go in a hot tub (but could go in a pool or lake...). I'll be 7 wks and have read enough about neural tube defects I don't want to risk it. But we're traveling to see family and they know I loooove a good hot tub soak. I've miscarried before so we're not telling anyone in the first tri and I haven't even had an ultrasound yet so really don't want to spill the beans. Help!!
nectarine / 2987 posts
Uti? A bit too much sun and sensitive skin? Read an article about gross germs in hot tubs and feel grossed out?
kiwi / 566 posts
Maybe say you had a heat rash and your doc said to avoid hot tubs for a bit? I feel like that happened to me when I was younger. Or just say lady problems or something vague that no one will question you about.
nectarine / 2461 posts
@MenagerieMama: yeah definitely don't go in.
"ugh, I just got my period, soaking through 100 tampons an hour, no thanks". Guaranteed end of conversation. And congratulations!!
pear / 1547 posts
The only thing is that I want to swim in the pool, and am having a hard time thinking in an excuse to differentiate the two. I'm also a doc so medical excuses need to be pretty believable! Thanks all for the ideas. Maybe the timing will be such I can pretend my period started after the pool but before the hot tub...haha.
grapefruit / 4580 posts
Perhaps avoid the medical excuses and make it about timing/your older child/being too lazy to change into your suit. Along the lines of "oh, I don't feel like going and changing just for the 5 mins before I need to make LO's dinner, so I'll sit in the edge and dip my legs in with you guys for a second."
Do you normally drink? Not to be a downer, but if you do, people will most likely out two and two together, but are hopefully considerate enough not to ask.
cantaloupe / 6171 posts
I get light-headed/headachey from hot tubs or saunas(but not pools)-- I think it's a heat sensitivity-- maybe you can say you got a really bad headache last time you were in one and have become more sensitive to the heat lately?
nectarine / 2750 posts
I just read this to my husband and he said you should cut yourself. I said that maybe you could just put on a bandaid and say you had a bad cut and you don't want it to get infected?
honeydew / 7463 posts
@tlcbaby: I was actually going to suggest a big bandage too and say there was a cut underneath. Your husband took it to a whole new level.
I guess with the pretend cut though you'd have to come up with a story of how it happened and be consistent if you have to repeat it. I guess could be easy enough to say you dropped a glass or something though.
pomegranate / 3350 posts
I would just go with the germs and being too grossed out now. I'm sure you can find something online to back that up!
grapefruit / 4042 posts
@LCTBQE: ha!! Best response !!
pear / 1547 posts
@PinkElephant: luckily I don't, or very rarely do, so opting out wouldn't raise an eyebrow.
@tlcbaby: @SweetiePie: that's hilarious! I'll report back if I do that. Except probably will opt out of the actual cut part
pear / 1739 posts
@MenagerieMama: when I was pregnant with my first I was told I could go in the hot tub for about 5 minutes. Maybe go in and say that it's just too hot or maybe you ate something that makes your stomach uneasy. With me, heat intensifies nausea even with food poisoning. Cold lessens it. You could try that.
nectarine / 2645 posts
There are also a few medications (including some antibiotics) where it's not recommended. You could blame it on that if you wanted.