How do you safely take a bath?
It is important to keep the core body temperature below 101 °F during pregnancy. A healthy pregnant woman’s internal body temperature is usually around 99 °F or 0.4 to 0.8 °F degrees higher than a healthy, nonpregnant woman’s body temperature. Hot tubs are often factory programmed to maintain a water temperature of approximately 104 ºF. As a person soaks and relaxes, their body temperature may hit 102 ºF or higher in just 10 minutes. Hence, given a choice, a hot shower is a better option compared to a hot bath.
While taking a hot bath, try to come out in less than 10 minutes. A thermometer may be used to check the temperature. A few studies have shown that water baths up to 104 °F will not raise the core body temperature to rise to unsafe levels for up to 20 minutes. However, each person may react differently to the temperature, hence it is better to avoid high temperatures. If the woman feels overheated, she may take a cool shower to bring down the body temperature. Signs of overheating include feeling hot, red skin and sweating. Giddiness, nausea, loss of balance or fainting can occur in more serious cases.
Bath products, such as bubbles, bath bombs and special oils, should not be added to the water. These products can increase the risk of vaginal infections. Soothing Epsom salt may be added to the water. Epsom salt can reduce muscle aches, pain and provide stress relief. It is important to maintain proper hygiene of the bathtub by thoroughly cleaning it with a disinfectant (such as bleach) before and after using to prevent infection.