Many pregnant women are advised by their doctor to avoid taking a very hot bath, however that does not mean you cannot enjoy a bath at all. With the discomfort of pregnancy, you deserve to be able to have a little relaxation before welcoming your wonderful bundle of joy.
Why You Should Avoid A Very Hot Bath?
As we mentioned before, taking a very hot bath can be dangerous for a pregnant woman. Soaking in hot water can reduce the blood flow to the baby and put your unborn child into a stressful situation. That is why you should ensure that the water is warm rather than hot for you and your baby. Warm water is not only safer for your baby, but it also helps with swollen arms and legs and increases the amniotic fluid in the body.
Steps To Preparing To Take A Bath
Step 1 – Make sure to have someone available to help you get in and out of the tub!
This is especially important for those who are farther along in their pregnancy. Bath time is wonderful, but it can be very slippery so you should ask your partner, a family member, or friend to assist you as you lower into the tub and that you can have get you out of the bathtub to avoid falling or tripping.
Step 2 – Ensure that the water is warm and not hot!
If you need to “ease in” to the bath, it is most likely too hot. Let it cool off or add cold water to help regulate the temperature. If you are unsure about how hot is too hot, you can use a thermometer to confirm that the temperature is no higher than 98 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also avoid staying in the bath for more than an hour to prevent the risk of infection.
Step 3 – Avoid a slipping hazard with a bath mat or towel!
Though you still need a person to help you avoid slipping, you should also make sure you have a bath mat or towel to better ensure that you won’t end up falling down and injuring yourself or your unborn child. Look out for a plastic mat with grips that will help it stay firmly to the floor and use adhesive plastic grips at the bottom of the bathtub for added traction while bathing.
Step 4 – Get a bath pillow for added support or comfort!
A bath pillow is a wonderful way to help you get comfortable and greatly adds to your bath time experience. However, it is also a great safety measure as well! A bath pillow allows for better neck and head support while also reducing your risk of slipping too far down during your bath. Make sure you get one that will firmly stick to the side of the bath so it will stay secure.
Step 5 – Add in some Epsom bath salts and apple cider vinegar to the water!
To create a calming soak that will ease the aches and pains of pregnancy, by adding a few tablespoons of Epsom salts and a fourth of a cup of apple cider vinegar into your bath water. According to health specialists, these natural substances will not harm you or your baby while aiding you during this uncomfortable time in her life. You can also add some bubbles, but limit bubble bath to twice a month to avoid vaginal irritation and infections.
Step 6 – Enjoy!
Once you have gotten it all prepared, you can go ahead and enjoy the relaxing experience you deserve.