There is a new sense of understanding when it comes to being pregnant. Things like pedicures, belly lotions, and a large, soft body pillow to snuggle up with at night to rest peacefully. There's also nothing like climbing into a nice, warm, relaxing bath to help ease any muscle pain you are feeling, sore feet, mental stress and everything else that comes with being pregnant. And the one main thing about it is that they are so dang relaxing.
What about the products you are using in your bath? When it comes to your pregnancy, you may be wondering about whether or not they are safe to use. What about those unique and stunning bath bombs from Bubbly Belle? Can you use bath bombs while you're pregnant?
According to most doctors, when it comes to adding anything to your bath water, you should definitely make sure it is not going to harm you or most important, your baby. This all depends on how safe or natural the ingredients are. With Bubbly Belle for example, the bath bombs are made with 100% natural ingredients. Regardless, you should still consult your doctor and get their expert opinion.
'"Experts say that one thing that you should keep in mind, however, is that whether you are using a bath bomb or squirt of shampoo, you'll want to be careful of the water temperature when indulging in a bath. "Extreme hot temperatures can be a problem during pregnancy," Dr. Sherry Ross, OB-GYN and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California, tells Romper. "Temperature above 102 Fahrenheit (38.9 Celsius), especially during the first six weeks of pregnancy, can cause defects to the baby’s brain and spinal cord and increase the chance of miscarriages."
Ross says it’s also best to avoid a hot tub if you're trying to get pregnant or during the first trimester to make sure you are not putting the baby at risk for serious abnormalities. "The general rule is not to spend more than 10 minutes in a hot tub that is set at 102 degrees beyond the first trimester," she says. "I generally tell my patients to avoid public hot tubs or use them sparingly. If they have their own personal hot tub, it can be set to a warm bath temperature (under 100 degrees) and be used without any concerns."
According to Fit Pregnancy, it's perfectly safe to slip into the tub and add your favorite bubble bath or oil to the water. Just be careful with oils because they can make the tub slippery. Fit Pregnancy noted that you should also avoid bath salts because they have a high mineral content and can heat up the water, leading to an increased heart rate. It also doesn't hurt to give all of your personal care products a once over to check for harmful ingredients that shouldn't be used when you are growing a tiny human, and even when breastfeeding.
"We encourage all of our mothers-to-be to check the ingredient list of all cosmetics and topical substances they are using," Dr. Idries Abdul-Rahman, who hosts Twin Doctors TV with his brother Jamil, tells Romper in an email interview. Some ingredients he recommends pregnant women avoid include: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid (found in many acne creams and washes), hydroquinone (found in many skin lighteners), parabens (a preservative found in many cosmetics), aluminum chloride (found in antiperspirants), toluene (found in nail polish), phthalates (found in fragrances and nail polish), and oxybenzone and avobenzone (found in chemical sunscreens).
Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, a Florida-based licensed acupuncturist and women's health specialist, tells Romper in an email interview that it is also important for women to clean the tub before bathing, making sure to use non-toxic cleaners "since delicate vaginal tissues during pregnancy can be inflamed by toxic cleaning products. The tub should be rinsed and wiped down before bathing also to reduce and eliminate possible bacteria entering the vagina, which can cause an infection."' (source: https://www.romper.com/p/can-you-use-bath-bombs-while-youre-pregnant-because-its-the-little-things-2961191)
Once you have done all the necessary research, and no that doesn't mean just looking on the internet, you can make the best decision when it comes to bathing while pregnant. Not only will your body appreciate it, but so will your new baby boy or girl.
Head over to Bubbly Belle to order some of our one-of-a-kind bath bombs.