Bath and Shower Hygiene while Pregnant
It is important to focus on hygiene during pregnancy – maintain cleanliness; therefore, you must often bathe and shower. Extreme care must be taken when showering and bathing, beware of vaginal infection and slipping on the wet floor. The following are essential points of note for bathing as hygiene during pregnancy.
Helpful Points to Remember: Proper Hygiene
Shower during Early Stages of Pregnancy
During pregnancy, vaginal acidity is lower than usual and is therefore easy to get infected, so it is far better to focus on your hygiene. Only shower during the initial stages of pregnancy and to avoid bathing until at least the second trimester.
High temperature spas, saunas and steam rooms are prohibited
High temperature environments will damage the fetus’ nervous system. Especially in the saunas or steam rooms where body fluids will evaporate and often causes dizziness with the mother, so during pregnancy it should be avoided.
Beware of Falling Over
It is very easy to slip and receive injury on the wet floor of the bathroom during bathing. If oil will be used for stretch mark prevention, then extra care is needed.
Use public baths from the second trimester onwards
Public baths (and spas) are public facilities. It is easy to become exposed to bacteria and illness. During the first stages of pregnancy, the fetus is still unstable; therefore, it is best to avoid these places, only after the second trimester is it advised.
Be careful not to catch a cold
Especially during the winter season, the temperature difference between the bathroom and the changing rooms are quite significant. So it is very easy to catch a cold when walking between the two, please pay special attention.
Natural bath method to improve skin elasticity
During pregnancy, the facial muscle will resemble that of the face and feet, all losing elasticity and will start to sag. If this is the case, the outline of the face, eyelids, cheeks and lips will all sag and will appear older. At this point, employ a natural bath to revitalise your skin.
After buying the herbal ingredients, place in hot water to simmer, then mix together with bath water, immerse the entire body and soak in the bath. This herbal bath will assist the skin to regain its elasticity and contains anti-inflammatory, detox and calming effects. Strengthens capillaries and helps with the autumn and winter cold.
Prepare half a lemon with salt rubbed onto the surface, cut into thin slices and place into bath water. Leave for a short time to allow the lemons essence to mix with the water and first rinse the body before soaking in the lemon water. The lemon’s essence can soothe the nerves and improve skin elasticity.
Aloe Vera Bath
If blood circulation is unsteady, not only will it have negative effects on the health but will also cause many skin problems, then it is good to try an Aloe Vera bath. Aloe Vera can enhance blood circlulation and metabolism, it is also effective in reducing inflammation, killing bacteria and moisturizing. It is good to use freely to protect and maintain the skin, though as many people believe it is poisonous, it is best to be avoided by people with weak or sensitive skin. However, when diluted in bath water, the concentration is so low that you need not to worry.
Those are some points to remember when it comes to hygiene during pregnancy. Remember to consult your doctor if you want to try out something different.
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