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Many women love to take nice, hot baths as a way to relax. Who needs to relax more than a pregnant woman? Is it safe to immerse yourself in a hot bath when you are pregnant?
Hot water and pregnancy don't mix well. While it most likely won't harm your baby, it can cause the expectant mommy to experience dizziness or light-headedness due to raising her body temperature.
This raise in body temperature may also affect the baby. Therefore, a hot bath isn't recommended when pregnant. If your water has broken, then baths of any sort are not okay to take.
However, pregnant women may take a warm bath to relax. Most doctors recommend the water not be any warmer than 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is still pretty warm and relaxing.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|