I Googled this last night while surfing the forums since a woman had posted a picture of herself enjoying a nice warm bath. I was under the impression that anything hot, i.e. hot tub, sauna, intense exercise, hot bath, etc., were no-nos. The handy dandy pamphlet I received from my doctor says, “No se meta en saunas, tinas calientes o jacuzzis.” Oh, I live in Panama City, Panama, so it’s in Spanish 🙂 Translation is “don’t get into saunas, hot tubs or Jacuzzis.” Why? High temperatures can lead to problems for you and baby, including:
- Birth defects, especially in the first trimester
- This is enough of a reason for me to stay away from the tub!!! Studies on animals suggest that overheating, especially in the early months of pregnancy, may be responsible for birth defects in their offspring.
- A drop in blood pressure, which can deprive the baby of oxygen and nutrients, and increase the likelihood of a miscarriage.
- Yet again, why even risk it?!?
- Dizziness and weakness
After some Googling, it appears that it is safe to take a bath while pregnant, just as long as the water isn’t too hot. Taaly Silberstein, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist in Tarzana, California, says, “As long as the water temperature doesn’t get too hot and you keep your soaks to approximately 10 minutes, you can bathe until the day you deliver.”
Bath Water Temperature When Pregnant
So, how hot is too hot? I’ve found a couple of different temperatures, ranging from no higher than your normal body temperature of 98.6° F to 102.2° F. In any case, the water shouldn’t be hot, but rather warm. Some rules of thumb:
- You should be able to get right into the bath and not go in little by little, i.e first big toe on right foot, then big toe on left foot, followed by the rest of the body over the course of 2 minutes.
- Your skin shouldn’t turn color, like lobster red.
- You shouldn’t sweat.
I’m a self-admitted Type A. I would totally freak out about these few degrees. How do you even know what the temperature is?!? I guess a thermometer, haha. But I mean, who has time for that?!?
Bath Length When Pregnant
So, how long is too long? According to Taaly Silberstein, M.D., women should soak for no more than 10 minutes.
How To Take A Bath When Pregnant
I trust that you don’t need a massive amount of guidance regarding how to take a bath 🙂 However, here are some tips so that it’s the safest bath possible for you and baby!
- Be careful! If you’re uncertain about getting in or out, have someone help you. Make sure you have a bath mat and/or towels around to avoid slipping.
- The water should be warm, not hot!
- Don’t use perfumed bubble bath, bath salts or bath oils, which can alter your vajayjay’s acidic balance and make you more likely to develop a yeast infection.
Honestly, it seems like a lot of drama for a warm, 10-minute bath. But, you do what you gotta do!
Any bathing tips for all the pregnant mommies out there? Leave a comment below!