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so what's the deal? i've seen mixed answers, i love baths  i take long hot baths every night, i havent taken a shower in years but now i'm 4 weeks pregnant and i don't want to do it if it's harmful.  does anyone know? thnaks! :)


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Congrats!!!

I think the caution against baths during pregnancy is due to concerns for the temp. You don't want those newly forming cells to get overheated! 


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Generally, you will feel uncomfortable and like you want to remove your top half from the water when your internal temp rises too much. That is when you should get out or add a bunch of cold water.

 

If you are so accustomed to hot water that the cues are not obvious, you could always take your temperature a few times and get out when it rises. Or just run the bath so you can get in easily rather than have to ease in.

 

I sit in the hot tub for a few minutes at a time but always get out when I start to feel hot and I have a big glass of ice water next to me. When I get a little over heated, it makes me feel yucky. Hopefully your pregnant body will cue you.

 

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thank you!!!

 

yeah i feel like i dont have good sensors as to what is too hot, better not risk it :)


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Our bathroom has a fan in it so I keep that going and I also keep the window cracked.  And as an extra precaution, I also have hubby check the water.  I have back issues, so I'm pro very hot water.  And hot tubs.  If you feel you're making it too hot, drop a couple of ice cubes in the water while it's starting and watch how quickly they melt.  That's also a good indication of too hot.


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I haven't heard anything about not taking a bath. Hot tubs would definitely be a no-no because of the consistent high heat. A bath at home wouldn't be able to maintain that high temp.



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I just started taking very warm baths instead. You couldn't pry me from my bathtub!

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