(Closed) Can you take baths?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve taken baths throughout my pregnancy.  My doctor said it’s fine as long as the water isn’t scalding (you don’t want to raise your body temperature too much).

Post # 4
2539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

well women have water births…. in warm water… I know that hot tubs are not ok. I think it depends on how hot the water is. I would just ask your doctor!

Post # 5
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My doctor suggested warm baths to relax my sore muscles (I’m 26 wks). Warm is fine. You will know when you step in the tub if the water is to hot. 

Post # 6
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Absolutely! I’ve practically lived in the bathtub throughout my pregnancy! Hop in, relax, and enjoy! I’ve just stayed away from bubble baths or anything with perfumes and dyes and done Epsom salt baths to keep my muscles nice and relaxed. Like the others said, just don’t go with a super hot bath, but I found in my first trimester I was super hot all the time, so a cool bath was the best thing on earth to me!

Post # 7
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve been taking baths my whole pregnancy and I don’t think about it. As PP said you just can’t have the water be scalding, the heat will draw blood flow away from the uterus to try and cool your body temp down. 

I asked my family doctor early on and she said not to, but I haven’t asked my OB. I don’t go in to hot tubs, and make sure the water temperature is reasonable. Besides, I’m usually only in there from like 20-40 minutes.

I’m from the camp that your body will tell you when you are too warm and you’ll either start sweating, feel faint, have red skin etc…

I have too many things to worry about as it is with all these restrictions, it’s just not one I personally believed in. It’s also a life saver for my new symptoms at 26 weeks- back and hip soreness.

Post # 8
9115 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

As long as it isn’t the temperature of lava, you should be fine.

ETA: Bacteria wise (if this is your fear), your kitchen sink is the number one filthiest place you’ll come in contact with in your home. Your bathroom is likely a lot cleaner than the handle of your kitchen faucet.

Post # 9
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m taking one right now. If you are really worried, you can temp the water. I took a great bath about a week ago but got out because it was too hot. I temped the water. It was 104, and I freaked! Then I temped myself–98.9. The idea is: it shouldn’t be so hot that it burns you to get in.

Post # 10
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes you can take a bath.

Post # 11
453 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I take baths whenever I want at whatever temperature feels comfortable to me.

Post # 12
2543 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@figgnewton:  I’m 10 and a half weeks, and baths are my favourite thing, I normally have one almost every night, so I’ve done a lot of research about this one.

Basically, yes baths are totally fine IF you keep it warm, not hot, and get out before you overheat. Meaning if or once you start sweating, feel dizzy or can’t breathe GET OUT.

I have cut back on baths but now when I have one I have it warm but don’t fill it very high so it doesn’t really submerge me all the way. And I don’t stay in as long as I used to either. Just enough to relax for 20 minutes or so. Also a good tip is to drink water when you get out, because baths can dehydrate you.

Post # 13
2016 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i have been having baths practically every day. Im 35 weeks and i would not be able to have coped with my hip pain without a bath.

I like my baths hot, i usually run it cooler to start and gradually add the hot water once im in to a temperature that i am comfortabe with then add more hot water when ever i start getting cold! im in there for about an hour.

I do take a large glass of cold water with me to keep me hydrated though. If you start sweating- the water is to hot.

Post # 14
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I was completely panicked about this in the first month of pregnancy and completely avoided them, but the more research I did, the more I found out that it’s not the bath itself, but the super hot temperatures. I’ve read that if you have to ease yourself into your bath (at all) it’s too hot, but if you get in quite comfortably and the water matches your body temp or is just slightly warmer (they reccomend staying around 100 degrees), then it’s perfectly fine. I’ve been taking warm (rather than my normal hot hot hot) baths for weeks and baby seems to be doing great (other than that random scare I had, which turned out to be nothing). 🙂 

ETA: completely agree with all the PPs comments about sweating. If you sweat at all, it’s too hot, but if you don’t, you’re fine! 

Post # 15
2849 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I take baths all the time and have all throughout my pregnancy! They help relax me when I feel sore or uncomfortable. I agree with others that the concern isn’t taking a bath, but sitting in water that is too hot (like the temperature of a hot tub). As long as it’s not scalding, you should be fine!

Post # 16
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’ve read, and my doctor agreed, that as long as you keep the temperature around 100 degrees or lower, it’s fine.  I love taking baths anyway, so this was a big relief to me!  I just ordered myself a bath thermometer for a little peace of mind, and I make sure to keep the temperature reasonable.

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