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Can You Safely Take A Hot Bath While You're Pregnant?

There are so many dos and don'ts you need to be aware of while pregnant, and the temperature of your bathwater is one that you might not know about.

While being pregnant is obviously a magical time in a woman's life, let's be honest, it can also be a giant pain in the backside at times, often literally. It goes without saying that women should avoid alcohol and smoking while pregnant, but did you know that other no-nos include sushi and cheeses such as brie and camembert?

While we don't want to pile it on if you are pregnant and already stressed about what you're not allowed to do, we're here to highlight something else courtesy of Today's Parent. Hot baths. There's nothing quite as relaxing as slipping into a hot bath after a long, hard day. Even more so if you are carrying all that extra baby weight around with you.

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By no means do we want you to stop taking baths just because you're pregnant. Let us explain. So the temperature of the bath is key. If the water is so hot that it causes your body temperature to rise above 102°F, that's when issues can arise. This can cause a condition known as hyperthermia where your body absorbs more heat than it repels. Basically the opposite of hypothermia.

Some studies have linked high core body temperatures during early pregnancy to spina bifida in babies. Now don't panic. While this is obviously scary to hear, it is easy to tell if you are taking baths that are too hot. There's no need to grab two thermometers and have one in your mouth and one in the water. Your body will let you know if it is too hot via sweat and your skin turning red. If you notice those signs while in the bath, simply step out and wait for the water to cool a little.

Basically, unless you are a regular taker of scalding hot baths, you probably don't have anything to worry about. Also, as always with this type of advice, we need to remind you that we are not doctors. We are simply passing on advice to you that we hope you find helpful. For more definitive and extensive answers on this topic, it is always best to consult a doctor.

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