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Baths While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
Depends on which...: Whether a woman should take a bath or a shower depends on which one gets her the cleanest. Getting partially clean is not good. Some people have limited mobility due to arthritis or other disorders, and may need additional items like grab bars, shower seats, extra-long shower hoses, etc... For others, a very warm bath may help relax muscles. If all else is equal, then it becomes personal choice. ...Read more
Seldom: There are few instances when avoidance of sex are advised during pregnancy. Placenta previa is an infrequent condition, diagnosed by ultraosund, when sex is forbidden due to risk of hemorrhage. Otherwise, various conditions, such as early contractions, or when bleeding has occurred, may lead your OB to recommend abstinence for a time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your OB: There is some concern about maternal body temperature increases and the high temperatures that are experienced by a growing fetus. In general, baby's temp is 2 degrees higher than the mother. These higher temps have been associated with higher rates of neural tube defects in the first trimester. Short baths are thought to be safe. Long, sweaty experiences in hot baths/tubs is not recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Radox: Radox is mainly mineral, however there are several products that have other things added. I would ask your doctor specifically if a certain product is safe for your pregnancy. General rule is not to take anything but pure food and water while pregnant anything else be sure it has the okay of your doctor. ...Read more
Are steam showers dangerous during pregnancy? I took several steam showers, each <10 minutes, before learning it could be unsafe. I'm 4 weeks pregnant
Its fine: There is no danger in taking a shower with steam present. I would avoid an actual steam room or sauna ...Read more
It's possible...: Anti-seizure medicines raise the odds of birth defects. Benzodiazepines (klonopin (clonazepam) being one) can cause the newborn to have trouble moving, breathing, feeding, and staying warm. However, mom having seizures while pregnant is itself a risk to the baby. It's very important for mom to work closely with her docs on this. If possible, have a gameplan before getting pregnant. ...Read more
Cats : Cats get toxoplasmosis by eating raw meat. If you have cats 100% indoors it would be unlikely that you would be exposed. The only way you can be exposed is by contact/ingestion of spores in an affected cat's feces. So to avoid it, get someone else to change the litter box. If that is not feasible, use gloves when changing litter and be sure to wash your hands. You can't get from petting a cat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes!: There is no danger in hot showers at all. The danger with high temperatures in pregnancies come from hot tubs (such as outdoor resort hot tubs). If the body temperature is allowed to be raised consistently sitting in a jaccuzi at 103, the body will shuttle blood away from the uterus in an attempt to cool you. This is bad for baby. Hot showers and home baths will not get you that temperature. ...Read more
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