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It's fine to take baths while you're pregnant as long as the water isn't too hot. Avoid soaking in water that's hot enough to raise your body temperature higher than 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 minutes. A temperature that high can create a number of problems for you and your baby, including:
- A drop in blood pressure, depriving the baby of oxygen and nutrients and making miscarriage more likely
- Dizziness and weakness
- Birth defects, especially in the first trimester
That's why saunas, hot tubs, steam baths, and very hot tub baths aren't safe during pregnancy. A hot shower is fine, but avoid long, steamy ones.
Some moms-to-be worry that bath water can get into the uterus and harm their developing baby. Fortunately, your baby is protected within the amniotic sac. So unless your water breaks, your baby is completely separated from the water you're soaking in.
A bath is a great way to soothe sore muscles and relax during pregnancy. Just keep the temperature warm, not hot, and be careful as you step in and out of the tub.