pregnancy myths, water, baths and bathing, pregnancy safety

There are so many myths surrounding pregnancy, and the dos and don'ts on what is safe to do while you're pregnant seem to change from day-to-day. One common myth is that taking a bath during pregnancy is unsafe, but it's simply not true.

The fact is that 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.

Keep in mind, the water should not be too hot, since raising body temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit may cause problems.

There are certain times you should absolutely avoid bathing altogether, for example, if your water has broken or there is bleeding, but for the average woman, it is completely safe to bathe during the course of her pregnancy.

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