Sauna during pregnancy

A sauna stay is wonderfully relaxing and it would be a shame to stop using the sauna during a pregnancy. Luckily it’s not necessary, but you should pay attention to a few important things.

The first 12 weeks:

You should not use the sauna during the first trimester of your pregnancy. The growing foetus is very sensitive to outside influences during this time. High temperatures could heighten the risk of a miscarriage or of deformities such as spina bifida.

Using the sauna:

If you have been using the sauna regularly before your pregnancy you should resume to do so after the first 12 week. Visiting the sauna is good for your heart and blood vessels and helps you to sweat out excess moisture.

But don’t overdo it during your pregnancy. Don’t stay inside the heated sauna for too long and listen carefully to your body’s signals. If you are feeling unwell or suffer from dizziness or tightness in your chest, you should leave the sauna immediately. The heat can increase your own heartbeat or that of your child. This is generally not a problem though, as it will also happen during daily activities such as biking or climbing stairs.

You can use the sauna until the end of your pregnancy, though you should avoid jacuzzis or cold hip baths after your sauna session during the last four to six weeks.  Your cervix may already start opening during these last weeks so that you are at a greater risk for infection. It is best to take refreshing cold shower instead.

Avoid infrared saunas during pregnancies. Heat inside infrared cabins is generated by infrared heaters that may be harmful to your unborn child.


  • Don’t stay in the sauna for more than ten minutes
  • Inform staff at reception that you are pregnant and check about potential treatments.
  • Listen to your body. Leave the sauna immediately if you feel unwell
  • If you have no or little experience with saunas, a pregnancy is not the right time to start trying.
  • Take great care when using jacuzzis and cold hip baths towards the end of the pregnancy (last 4-6 weeks) as an early opening of the cervix can cause infections.
  • We suggest avoiding the sauna and massages during the first trimester.

Barrelsauna 2.0

Most people have heard about the barrel sauna and yet the “wine barrel” for outdoor use still makes for an unusual and attractive sight in a private garden. The unusual form makes the barrel sauna stand out from other outdoor saunas. The design in the shape of a classic wine barrel helps to distribute the heat more effectively inside compared to regularly shaped saunas.

As this makes the barrel sauna heat up more quickly it contributes to saving a lot of energy by opting for a barrel sauna. The wood used for a barrel sauna does not need further treatment. It will remain in perfect shape for a long time and also provides an antiseptic effect.

Barrel Sauna 2.0

The barrel sauna principle has been known for a long time, but Alpha Wellness Sensations now introduces a whole new model. Alpha Wellness Sensation has been leading the international market with innovative trends for decades and is well known as a producer of high-quality wellness products such as saunas. The infrared cabin barrel has now become the new showpiece among the barrel saunas: Normally the barrel sauna uses the standard principle of the Finnish sauna that includes sprinkling aromatic water on an oven. However, the infrared cabin barrel is a barrel sauna using infrared heaters instead and is particularly suitable for outdoor use.

This is a unique design in so far as infrared cabins are generally meant for indoor use, whereas barrel saunas cannot be installed indoors. Alpha combines the best of both worlds!

Another novelty is an option for clients to customize the outdoor sauna specifically to your own wishes. Choose whether you want a sauna roof made of shingles or coco mats and whether you prefer an electrical oven or a regular wood oven. Since the barrel sauna includes LED lighting in the back wall you can also create your own colour schemes.

Now you may think that such a terrific showpiece will need its own power plant, but luckily this is not the case. You can simply connect your barrel sauna to a regular electrical outlet (3500 W/220 V/16A). You can also add infrared heaters to your regular barrel sauna by Alpha or use them for heating the changing area. This will make your barrel sauna even more unique!

New infrared sauna “Lounge” by Alpha