My mum told me that it’s unsafe safe to take a bath in the third trimester of pregnancy. However, bathing helps ease my aches and pains.
Bathing, as well as swimming, is safe during pregnancy. The idea that it’s not is an old wives’ tale.
I suspect that this myth has been propagated because people might think that it’s harder to determine if a woman’s bag of water is leaking if she’s in a bath. From my experience, however, this has never been a problem. The amniotic sac keeps on dripping and is much warmer than bath water. If there is any doubt, a phone call to the doctor can answer the question.
The other myth is that a baby will not be able to breathe if the woman is in a bathtub. I mention to my misguided patients that the baby lives in a water environment and utilizes the umbilical cord to supply oxygen. A bath will do absolutely nothing to harm the baby.
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