Pregnancy

How can you take a hot bath while pregnant

Many times expectant mothers ask if they can take a nice relaxing bath while pregnant.

Many things can be done during pregnancy but some need extra attention to safeguard our health and that of our little one we are carrying. We have to take care of our diet, we have to be careful not to make heavy efforts, not to smoke, possibly avoid medicines and so on. Also on the subject of body care there are some important precautions to be taken.

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The bathroom can be done without problems, the important thing is to take some small precautions.

Hot water has a vasodilatory effect on our blood vessels and this can reduce the blood supply to the baby.

Hot baths are not recommended for women who have low blood pressure, for example due to the vasodilating effect of the heat which could lower blood pressure further.

Doctors also urge pregnant women to avoid saunas and hot tubs due to the stress excessive heat can cause on the baby.

The temperature

A bath during pregnancy should be done with water at a temperature that does not exceed 36°C. Buy a thermometer which you will also use when you have to bathe your baby.

The water temperature should be as close to body temperature so that the bath does not make you sweat and change your rosy complexion.

Once the bath is finished, stay in the tub until the water comes out in order to allow the body to slowly adapt.

The cleaners

This also applies if you are not pregnant. Too aggressive detergents that dry out the skin should be avoided.

Too aggressive cleansers can irritate the skin and promote vaginal infections. Also beware of ingredients that may not be allowed during pregnancy.

The right moment

It is preferable to choose a moment during the day, avoiding the morning and late evening when sudden changes in temperature could cause discomfort.

Hydration

Drink water when bathing especially if you are in the water for a long time to avoid dehydration.

Couple’s bathroom

Take advantage of the period of pregnancy to take a bath with your him. This intimacy strengthens your bond. You can also take advantage of the bath to have your back, legs and arms massaged to reduce tiredness.

Be careful not to slip!

Always place a non-slip mat outside the tub and get help getting in and out of it. Listen to me!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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