Everyone enjoys a hot bath but what about during pregnancy? 🛀
This myth has been circling around for many years, and some women think they have to abstain from taking a nice long hot bath while they are pregnant.
Well, that’s simply is not true!
What is true is that a CRAZY CRAZY hot steamy bath IS not such a good idea (I’m talking higher than probably your water heater can get for long enough to fill up your bath!)⠀⠀
Piping hot baths CAN raise your body temp to dangerous levels, and can even burn your skin. We don’t want that.
As a general rule, don’t step into a bath where you’re uncomfortably hot. If you are comfortable, you are safe! Test the water with your elbow or forearm before getting in. This part of your body is more sensitive to temperature than your feet or hands.
Avoid Saunas and Hot Tubs during pregnancy
Saunas and hot tubs are not such a great idea while you are pregnant.
Unlike a hot bath that slowly decreases in temp, a sauna and/or a hot tub ALWAYS stays at a consistent temperature, so you are at much higher risk of raising your body temp to high levels, which can be unsafe for you, and your baby. High temperatures, especially early in pregnancy, have been associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects
Saunas are also kind of hard to breathe in, let’s be honest….and we don’t want you passing out or having any trouble breathing while you are pregnant!
I happened to LOVE a nice warm bath after a long day during my pregnancy and I enjoyed them very often! (I still do, it’s one way I can truly unwind and relax lol!)
Are you a bath person?? 😊