(Closed) Baths and Fertility?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: December 2011

I have heard this too. Honestly, it reminds me of when I was pregnant and there were 101 rules of what you cannot do because you could kill, deform or make your unborn baby sick. It was a little overkill. I think the bath thing is too, even if there is some truth to it.

Post # 5
4355 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s crap. I’m the queen of baths, I’ve even taken more than one in a day before and I got pregnant our first month of trying. I’m pretty sure next they are going to say that breathing causes infertility or miscarriage. I’m sick to death of all the things that “we” do to ruing our odds at a baby.

Post # 6
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I don’t know much about the subject but I have read that it can effect a man’s fertilty, rather than a woman’s. That being said my husband takes more baths than I do..probably 3 a week and we luckily had no trouble conceiving.

Its on the list of questions doctors will ask MALES on the Mayo Clinic website when discussing infertility but I have to agree with killingmesoftley on this one – It’s one of the MANY MANY things they will tell you to avoid but will most likely not have much affect on the outcome.


Post # 7
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think it is more referring to a hot tub– soaking in water so hot it takes a few minutes to ease yourself in, you know? Not just a regular bath tub that is hot but not steaming up the room, you know? I think they say it raises your body temperature too much. 

I will be avoiding hot tubs/jacuzzis in the second half of my cycle while TTC, but not in the first 2 weeks when I know i haven’t ovulated yet anyway. 

Post # 8
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I take a bath every night before I go to bed (that is how I relax). I took one everyday during the 2 week waiting period because we didn’t know I was pregnant and it was fine. I’m six weeks now and I still take them and it seems to be fine.



Post # 9
2263 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I also believe it refers more to a hot tub than a regular bath. I DO know that after you are pregnant a really hot bath or even shower, something that really overheats you can make the baby uncomfortable due to the heat. As long as it’s not overkill a bath can be a great way to reduce stress during TTC or aches and pains related to pregnancy as I’ve found out. Just use common sense and you should be fine. 🙂 I also agree that if you follow every single detail as to what ‘could’ potentially harm the baby you’d pretty much be living in a bomb shelter with nothing to do. 

Post # 10
1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It really should not affect women at all.  Men on the other hand…

Post # 11
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Chiming in to agree with most PPs – I take baths ALL THE TIME, like usually once a night.  I just got my BFP on Tuesday!  So I don’t think it messes with fertility too much.  I have heard that hot tubs and extremely hot baths are bad once you are pregnant because the fetus can overheat, but that is like excessively hot water.

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