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A nice bath, who doesn't like that? It's not only relaxing, but it's also pain-relieving. However, there are a number of things you need to bear in mind if you want to take a bath during your pregnancy. Especially the temperature and the products you use should be taken into account. We tell you all about it so you can take a nice, safe bath with peace of mind!

In the past, pregnant women were strongly advised against taking hot baths during pregnancy. Today, new research reassures us that a hot bath is not a problem, as long as you do it sensibly. 

Not too hot!

If mom's body temperature is above 39 degrees, it can be dangerous for the baby. Higher temperatures can cause low blood pressure, reducing your little one's access to nutrients and oxygen. Bubble baths are often much hotter than normal baths, so overheating is more likely. Overheating is therefore more likely. We therefore recommend not to sit longer than fifteen minutes in a bubble bath. Taking a normal bath is no problem as long as you don't make it too hot (Knack). 

In case of dilation...

Besides temperature, there is another factor to take into account. It is possible that in the last weeks of your pregnancy you already have some dilation. And the last thing you want is (bubble) bath water near your little one. Avoid bathing at all if your water has already broken. The natural shield is gone now and your baby has an open connection with the outside world (Pregnancy for Dummies). 

What products can I use?

If you want to use products while bathing, make sure they are at least free of plasticizers and irritants. Products based on natural substances are almost always good (A beautiful birth). Be careful with essential oils. They are very powerful and can reach your baby through the bloodstream. Ask a health food store for advice about which products you can and cannot use. 

As long as you use your common sense and listen to your body, there is little to worry about. Are you getting nauseous or dizzy? Then get out of the bath. Also be aware that you are less stable in the last trimester. So be very careful when getting in and out of the tub and preferably have your partner help you. Let him or her light a few candles for the ultimate in relaxation. Be careful, take our advice and above all, don't forget to relax. Mum's ready? Take a bath!

Sources

A Beautiful Birth. (2020, June 11). Pregnant in the bath. Consulted from https://eenmooiebevalling.nl/zwanger-in-bad/

Etienne, J. (2018, November 13). Pregnant women are allowed to enjoy a sauna. Consulted from https://www.knack.be/nieuws/gezondheid/zwangere-vrouwen-mogen-best-van-een-sauna-genieten/article-normal-973989.html?cookie_check=1624025185

Stone, J., Eddleman, K., Duenwald, M., Soerjadi, I., Smits, P., & Kuijper, E. A. M. (2018). Pregnancy for Dummies. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Pearson Education Benelux.