Can’t wait to get home, soak in the tub and unwind? Before you strip down to your birthday suit and turn the bath on, let’s look at the 5 things you should note when you take a bath during pregnancy.
Bath during pregnancy #1: Check bathtub for signs of soap!
During pregnancy, many accidents happen in the bathroom and they usually take place when entering or trying to get out from the tub. What you can do is to ensure that check the bathtub for signs of soap and shampoo that could make the tub slippery before you enter the tub.
If someone just came out of the bathroom before you did, make sure you wash the remnants of soap down the drain before going in. Do so again before you stand up to get out of the bath. It’s recommended that you get someone to help you in and out of the bathtub.
Bath during pregnancy #2: Watch your balance
Getting in the bathtub might be more difficult than you think it is. As your belly grows bigger, you might not be able to catch the natural rhythm as to put your foot down and lose your balance. When you enter the bathtub or try to step out of it, make sure you use the handrail at the side – use both hands! Don’t let go until you’re sitting down in the tub, or until you plant both your feet firmly on the ground.
Reduce the number of times you enter and leave the bathtub by having all your essentials within your reach.
Bath during pregnancy #3: Water temperature < 102.2℉
You might feel a rush of blood to your head more often in the last trimester of pregnancy when you stand up after sitting, so staying in the tub for too long can make you feel giddy. Set the water at no hotter than 102.2℉ (39℃) and don’t stay in there for more than 10 minutes. Alternatively, you might want to soak the bottom half of your body for about 10 to 20 minutes.
Bath during pregnancy #4: Don’t stoop to wash your face/hair
Stoop or bend down to wash your hair or your face and you might feel a little dizzy after. When your belly grows bigger, you might find that stooping even for a short while puts pressure on your belly. If your arms are too tired, you might want to cajole your partner into helping you wash your hair.
Bath during pregnancy #5: Use bath salts only if you’re not sensitive to them
Adding bath salts aren’t exactly bad, but it isn’t known how much of it is absorbed through your skin and how much enters your vagina. This will not affect your fetus negatively. However, if the smell of the bath salts or additives make your stomach churn, then you’re better off not using them.
Your skin during pregnancy is more sensitive, and the bath salts can cause skin reactions. Use only when your skin doesn’t react adversely to them.
Check if the coast is clear before taking a bath during pregnancy
The bathroom is a seemingly innocuous place, but once you’re pregnant, it can become as dangerous as a minefield. The risk of falling down and injuring yourself increases by leaps and bounds, especially when the floor is wet. Ask for help and don’t go into the tub unassisted if you can. Remember to check if the coast is clear – clean up soap or puddles before stepping into the tub!