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Q&A: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

Re: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

The Bump Expert

No, baths are safe (and super-relaxing!) during pregnancy, but you do need to watch the water temperature. Pregnant women should never let their core body temp get higher than 102.2°F--especially in the first trimester--since there may be a greater risk for baby to be born with defects in the brain and spinal cord. But you're not likely to overheat in a bathtub, since the water cools over time and your upper body is actually out of the water. To be extra-safe, test the water with a bath thermometer (get one made for babies!) and be sure to run both hot and cool water as you're filling the tub. You should avoid hot tubs, though. They can raise your body temp to 102°F in just 10 minutes.

Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

Q&A: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

what if i take a hot bath but just cover my legs?

Gowa |

Q&A: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

no

fanmarti71 |

Q&A: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

From what I understand, as long as you don't "feel" your body overheating, you should be okay. So if you run your bath and you are sitting in it and you feel yourself start to sweat, it is probably best to cool if off a bit. I live in Canada and when I get a chill, I always rely on a hot bath to help me warm up. It has been a challenge to draw a bath that is a bit cooler than what I prefer, but as long as I don't break a sweat, I know now that my bath is a decent temp for baby. And I always come out more relaxed than when I went in. The emotional therapy of a Lush bath bomb doesn't hurt either.They are made of organically grown fruits and veggies, they smell amazing and almost always make me feel like a different woman by the time I get out.

Rosebean |

Q&A: Is it true pregnant women shouldn't take baths?

As far as I heard bath are safe and very relaxing. While she was pregnant, my wife went frequently even to duel temp pool.

deanjohnson |