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Taking a Bath During Pregnancy

bath during pregnancyMyth: Taking a bath during pregnancy is unsafe.

Fact: Concerns about contracting an infection that could spread from the vagina into the womb (through the cervix) led to a previous recommendation to avoid bathing. However, there is no well-established risk known to be associated with bathing during pregnancy.

The water should not be too hot, since raising body temperature above 101 degrees F may cause problems. There are also times to avoid bathing altogether, for example, if your water has broken or there is bleeding. For the average woman, however, it is completely safe to bathe during pregnancy.

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