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Hot Baths During Pregnancy

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Hot Baths Aren't All Bad

Like many first time expectant women, I was freakishly nervous about my every move once I found out I was pregnant. I watched my diet like a hawk, held my breath during every heartbeat check and called my doctor when I slipped on my rear.

About halfway through my pregnancy, I took a trip with my husband to Italy and wore out the soles of my shoes over ten days of touring. On the last night, I decided to spoil myself with a long hot bath. Soaking in bubbles up to my chin, I read my book and relaxed like a woman with child should. It was wonderful while it lasted, but I was struck with panic later. Having not felt my baby for a few hours, I convinced myself that I had hard-boiled my baby.

Boarding the aircraft the next day, I finally felt a kick. Whew. As soon as I landed, I called my OB/GYN and inquired about the safety of hot baths. She laughed and said, "You were nice and relaxed, right? I bet that baby was, too."

shoogerbooger shoogerbooger 9 years
I am living in Japan right now, and I go to the hot springs (onsen) in the evening to relax. The water feels warmer then a hot tub to me, but I have seen many pregnant Japanese women soaking as well. I have been waiting until we get back home to the states to get pregnant so that I can take advantage of the onsen while we are here, but now I wonder if I REALLY have to...
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I took hot baths all the time. Showers made me dizzy and I would pass out. Not good.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
haha! That totally sounds like something I would do. I read the story to my guy and he agreed with me ... that's totally me :) I'm already paranoid about health, safety ... well everything lol. I need to figure out a way to get rid of my anxiety! I'm going to be so paranoid when I'm pregnant. I just hope that I can relax some and enjoy it.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 9 years
this photo... it looks a little weird, like her head is freakishly far from her belly.... (or maybe it's just me). i also only took showers, but that's just because it's easier for me, we have a stall shower in the bathroom in our bedroom. altho it would have been easier to shave my legs.... UGH that was a JOB... i think i would have gone wookie if i didnt wear so many skirts to work... hahah
schnappycat schnappycat 9 years
I was so paranoid that I didn't take one bath during pregnancy. I actually haven't since then either, but I'm not a big bath person to start with. I also kept my showers on the cool side, which I know was total overkill. I'm sure I'll be more relaxed with future pregnancies. Heh.
Mystofflyn Mystofflyn 9 years
My OB told me that hot baths were only a danger during the first trimester because it can damage the growing neural tubes. After that I could boil myself. He also told me that those no-no foods are O.K. in moderation.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
My doctor recommended them. It's hot tubs that are bad, not hot baths. A bath doesn't maintain the high temperature. I got yelled at horribly by an old lady for being in a jacuzzi while pregnant with my second. But it wasn't hot water, it just had the jets on. I smiled and nodded and thanked her for her input.
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