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I hear you, mama. When you’re pregnant, nothing beats a long, relaxing shower at the end of the day. (Because we’re not all bath people!) I mean, let’s face it: Between the aches, extra weight on your feet, nausea, and the overall stress that comes with pregnancy, you’ve earned a full blown spa day at this point!- Like every single day of the week-ha.
So while it’s true that you may need to make some adjustments to your usual shower routine steps, that doesn’t mean you can’t unwind with a nice shower at the end of a long day. There are just a few things to keep in mind first. Take a look!
Is it safe to shower while I’m pregnant?
You may have heard that hot showers or baths are unsafe when you’re pregnant. Let me break this down: When a woman is pregnant, her body temperature must stay below 101°F, or else she could risk pregnancy complications. It’s for this reason that hot tubs, saunas, really anything that gets your body temperature too high, are for the most part off limits.
Nevertheless, it is perfectly safe (and encouraged!) for pregnant women to enjoy regular showers!
Safe shower routine steps for pregnancy
When you do go to take that long-awaited shower at the end of the day, follow these steps to enjoy a moment for yourself that’s as safe as it is relaxing:
- Watch the water temperature. First and foremost, make sure the water is not too warm. You’ll want to keep it warm to only slightly hot water.
- Create an at-home spa ambiance. All it takes are a few candles, some calming music, and you’ve got yourself a spa night right from the comfort of your own bathroom.
- Get a non-slip mat. If you haven’t already, I definitely recommend buying a non-slip mat to put in the shower to avoid any slips or falls (SO important).
- Stay hydrated. Be sure that you’re drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Remember, you’re drinking for two now, mama! This will help your skin health, digestion, and so much more.
- Listen to your body. If you feel like you’re getting too hot, don’t panic. Just step out of the shower and cool off.
Keep calm and unwind
There really are no words to describe the joy and excitement of pregnancy. But then there are also feelings of stress and uncertainty that any mom or pregnant woman is all too familiar with.
I’ve found that the key ingredients to coping with any stress you may be experiencing are self-care, advanced preparation, and organization. If you need a little help in the baby preparation department, read through The Ultimate Guide to Baby Preparation.
Remember, you’ve got this mama. Now, go unwind with a relaxing shower – you’ve earned it!
What’s your favorite way to relax after a long day?