Frequent Bathing in Hot Weather: Pros and Cons During Pregnancy
The idea that taking a bath during pregnancy is bad is nothing but an old wives’ tale.
Taking frequent baths in cold or hot weather is not an issue; on the contrary, the hot water flow can be a great way to relieve muscle ache, reduce back pain, and to relax during pregnancy.
However, most pregnant women are advised to avoid taking a bath in very hot water, as soaking is believed to cause the following:
- Reduce the blood flow to the fetus, thus placing it under pressure.
- Dehydration and dizziness.
- In the first three months, extremely high temperatures can cause birth defects such as Neural Tube Defects.
- Vaginal rash caused by bubble baths.
- Risk of blood pressure dropping, and consequently depriving the baby of oxygen and nutrients.
This is why Saunas, hot baths, steam baths, and Jacuzzis aren’t safe during pregnancy. But taking a quick hot shower or bath will be fine, as long as you avoid steamy bathrooms for long periods.
Below are some tips to make showering an enjoyable experience, particularly in the third trimester:
1. Make sure to clean your shower and bathtub with the disinfecting products
2. Check that the water temperature isn’t higher than 36.7 degrees Celsius. You can test the water with a thermometer. Wait until the temperature drops a little if it’s too hot, or add cold water to cool it down.
3. Ask for assistance in entering and leaving the bathtub to avoid slipping and falling.
4. Prepare for your bath by placing a bath mat next to the tub, and keep the clean towels close by.
5. Use a plastic non-slip bath mat inside the tub to help you move and get up or sit up during your bath.
6. You can add some bath salts or apple cider vinegar to the water for a soothing, relaxing bath. According to health specialists, these natural minerals will not hurt your baby or affect your pregnancy.
7. Avoid soaking for over one hour to reduce the risk of any injury.
8. Use a clean towel to avoid slipping on the bathroom floor.
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Some mothers worry that the bath water could reach their uterus and therefore hurt their developing fetus. But luckily, your baby is protected in the amniotic sac. So, unless your water breaks (which happens when this sac ruptures), your baby will be completely isolated from the water you’re soaking in.
And as always, when in doubt, consult your physician.
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