by Abi Berwager Schreier, Updated: Jan. 25, 2022

Cramping isn’t the only thing that might steer you toward using a heating pad while pregnant. The “most common reason for heating pad use during pregnancy is for back pain,” Dr. Kecia Gaither, M.D., double board-certified OB/GYN, maternal fetal medicine specialist, and director of perinatal services at NYC Health and Hospitals in the Bronx, tells Romper. “Other uses include joint pain [or] sore muscles.”

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