Taking Baths While Pregnant – How to Relax Safely

As you progress through your pregnancy and every part of you starts to ache, nothing sounds better than a hot bath. But is taking baths while pregnant safe?

When I was pregnant with my son, I was working retail so I was on my feet all day every day and my body was in desperate need of some relief. The only thing that seemed to relieve the pressure was to be in water.

I, of course, turned to the Internet and found all sorts of contradictory information. I was afraid of doing anything that could possibly harm my baby, so I took cold or lukewarm baths. They just weren’t doing the trick though.

 

Safe Temperature

So what is a safe temperature? Well, I was finally able to find some real answers. The important thing is not to raise your body temperature above about 100.4 degrees. This means as long as you keep the temperature of the bath water around your normal body temperature (about 98 degrees, no not the boy band) you’ll be fine.

You might be wondering how you’ll know without actually taking the temperature of the water. In my experience, the water still felt warm enough to be comfortable and relaxing, but not hot enough to make me sweat.

Most hot tubs range between 100 and 104 degrees, so unless you have control over the temperature, these should still be avoided.

Benefits of Baths

If you can get the temperature figured out, there are some great benefits to taking a bath. Adding some Epsom salt will maximize the benefits and make your bath even more enjoyable. Here are some of the key benefits to an Epsom salt bath while you’re pregnant:

  • Relieves stress – Epsom salt helps increase serotonin and will also help you sleep better, both of which will decrease your stress levels.
  • Relaxes muscles – The hot water on its own hill help with muscle relaxation, and adding Epsom salt will only increase recovery in your muscles and joints.
  • Improves mood – In addition to helping with stress levels, the increase in serotonin that you get will help your overall mood.
  • Improves digestion – Epsom salt can help regulate the levels of magnesium in your body, which helps with bloating and digestion. This includes helping with constipation.
  • Soothes skin – Your skin is stretching about as far as it can go right now and Epsom salt’s exfoliating and restorative properties can help relieve the discomfort.

When Not to Take a Bath

Most importantly, if your doctor recommends against taking a bath for any reason, you should avoid them. You also want to be careful if you are in labor. Although water births are very common, you should check with your health care professional before getting in the bath if your water has already broken.

Enjoy

Now that you know how to safely take a bath during your pregnancy, enjoy it. Your little one will be here before you know it and quiet time will become a rare commodity in your home. Take the time you have now to relax and get ready for your baby’s arrival.

 

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6 thoughts on “Taking Baths While Pregnant – How to Relax Safely”

  1. I’m 6 months pregnant and with this pregnancy I’ve been obsessed with baths. Just the other day I was wondering if the temperature of my bath was even safe. I was feeling very hot and I was sweating. The trouble with baths is that either they’re too hot or they get cold really quickly! But I guess for the safety of my baby I’ll have to have cooler baths for now:) Thanks for the clarification:)

    1. It’s tough to find that balance but if you were sweating you definitely want to cool it down a little. When I was pregnant I would add more hot water as the bath started to cool down so I could enjoy it longer. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy and make sure you check out all of the resources we have for new parents here at Rainbow Mommy. 

  2. You are dead right, every day I seem to be aching in a different place!

    When I read your article title I already started to feel relaxed. Thanks for the awesome suggestion of taking a relaxing bath and specific advice on how to do so safety.

    This might be an overshare but guess what I’ll be doing tonight?

    1. Enjoy it. You need it right now and if you’re relaxed and comfortable chances are your baby is too. I have lots more tip for pregnancy and parenting based on my experiences so check out the rest of my posts. 

  3. Hi,
    oh when I was pregnant, I was so afraid take a bath (before I enjoyed it very much). when I was checking info on the internet, most sources said that it is forbiden. and I didnt take a bath.. with my second one, there already was more info like yours- that it is allowed, just control themperature. and still.. i was scared to go (due to fact that pregnancy wasn’t easy). I took a bath only once per pregnancy (before delivery) 😀 just to be sure, it is started. both times, contractions were real 😀
    anyway, thank you for your article. its important, as pregnant woman need to relax, and often, a bath is the easiest possibility

    1. I know how it is when pregnancy doesn’t come easy and you just want to be as careful as possible. I was so glad when I found that balance of safe for baby and relaxing for mommy.

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