Is It Safe? Taking Baths While Pregnant


baths while pregnant

Photo by JayGirlsMom

I'm totally a bath-taker. I loooove soaking in the tub. So this was definitely on my list of questions when I got pregnant. Could I still take a bath?

sparklebug86 said in Pregnancy that she takes a bath every other day to relax, but someone told her she shouldn't be taking so many. She asked other moms if they'd been warned off baths, too. Here's what a few had to say:

"The only real risk is overheating." -- bezark

"That's the only thing I've ever heard, too. I take baths all the time, and did when pregnant with my daughter, too, and I never had any problems." -- Proudmommy1128

"My doctor said not to take long, hot baths. And not to bathe (it's OK to shower) after your water has broken due to risk of infection." -- oliviasmomma09

"My doctor said a regular bath is fine, just no hot tubs." -- soulawakening92

Dr. Eva Pressman, Director of Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Rochester, says that "baths are fine, as long as your water has not broken and the bath water's not hot enough to raise your body temperature." 

Talk to your doctor, of course, about what he thinks is safe.

Do you take baths to relax during pregnancy?

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gilde... gildea47265

Ive never heard of it not being safe to take a bath! When i was preg with my 1st, one night i was feeling very sick and i thought a nice bath will make me feel better But i was wrong! It made me feel even more sick, with the waves and the floating, especially when i got out of the tub and gravity hit! After that i didnt take a bath (of course i showered) for the rest of my pregnancy!

Amand... Amandah1982

I love taking baths.. and as long as they're not too hot my doc said it was fine =)

light... lighthousemom3

Yes, baths are safe under two conditions....First, make sure that the water isn't too warm so it doesn't raise your body temperature. This could cause harm to baby. Second, don't bathe around time your due date nears. This is only because if you happen to be in bath and your water breaks, you may not realize it. After water breaks, doctors ususally don't want you to take bath to keep from bacteria getting inside of you before the birth. Other than that... Enjoy!!!

JayGi... JayGirlsMom

thanks for using the pic of my lil one in the tub! she sure loves her bathtime!

Lanasmom Lanasmom

I've always taken a bath while preggo--i did with dd and she's 2 and is perfect--i am preggo again, and somedays i take 2 or 3 baths to relax.

Momma... Momma.Mare

Don't bathe after your water breaks...yeah explain water births then. :-P

coke2pep coke2pep

You can sparingly, but not too warm! I got sick in the swimming pool, so I couldn't. Talk to your doctor about it if you have concerns about anything!! That is important for your health and the baby's!

doulala doulala

Water should be monitored at a temperature that is comfortable for the mother, usually between 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature should not exceed 101 degrees Fahrenheit as it could lead to an increase in the mother's body temperature which could cause the baby's heart rate to increase. It is a good idea to have plenty of water to drink and cold cloths for the mother's face and neck. A cool facial mist from a spray bottle is a welcome relief for some mothers as well.

doulala doulala

The info about bathing after ROM is debatable.   I opted not to, but evidence doesn't suggest that to be a necessity.  

There are always many factors to consider, of course, but trusting instincts is usually best!

Lawso... LawsonGirlz

I love to take baths and being pregnant never stopped that love. What is more relaxing than a nice warm bath when u r cranky, sore and just plain worn out? I have taken baths with all four of my pregnancies (even some pretty warm) and never had any trouble. It even helped progress my second labor. As far as I can say u should take time to enjoy a nice bath. U may not have the time afterwards!!! LOL

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