Can a hot bath provoke premature birth? Yes, it can, but only really hot bath. Warm bath will help you to relax, relieve stress and fatigue. Previously it was thought that bathing or swimming in the water can cause infections and inflammations. However, these assumptions were wrong. Doctors are now completely sure that both the baby and amniotic fluid are protected from getting any unwanted substances in there. Of course after the leak of amniotic fluid the situation changes completely and pregnant women cannot enjoy bathing anymore.
During pregnancy going to the swimming pool can even be useful. It positively affects muscle tone, prepares your body for childbirth and trains your muscles and respiratory system. If you are afraid of getting infection or allergic reaction to chlorine, you can simply have water procedures at home in your bath. The temperature of water cannot exceed 36-37 degrees. This way you will not feel discomfort and get the maximum benefit. Just make sure you are not alone at home when you are doing this in case you need someone to help you to get out of the bath.
Bath should not last longer than 10-15 minutes. Otherwise, you skin can get dry. However, it is the best way to eliminate stress and fatigue, relax your muscles, calm the nervous system, improve blood circulation and of course to get rid of back pain which is unavoidable during pregnancy.
You can also have aromatherapy bath which will guarantee deep muscle relaxation and eliminate psychological stress much better. Aromatherapy baths can be done during the entire pregnancy. It is important to choose right aromatherapy oils because not all of them are suitable for pregnant women. The most recommended oils are orange, bergamot, lemon, rose, sandalwood, tea tree, eucalyptus. 2-3 drops of them are enough for the entire bath. Oils that are not recommended for pregnant women are basil, rosemary, cypress, cedar, thyme and patchouli. Once again, make sure you r bath is not too hot.