Whether or not bath salts can be used during pregnancy is largely dependent on the content of essential oils in the bath salts. Some bath salts are fine whereas others aren’t. It’s therefore advisable to always carefully read the label before dropping a bath salt product in your shopping basket.
Generally speaking -- or writing, bath salts and pregnancy used to be considered a bad idea. But the latest thinking is showing a change in that trend. It is now considered fine to use bath salts while pregnant as long as some precautionary measures are taken such as listed below:
Firstly, try keeping the water at a mild temperature. When the water in a bath is too hot it can do damage to the unborn child and has been known to cause spinal bifida, particularly in the first trimester. It’s best to keep the water temperature below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
One other precaution to take is to note whether or not a particular type of bath salt has oil as an ingredient or not. Oils can make the bath slippery leading to potential accidents when getting in and out of the bath. Extreme caution is of paramount importance.
Dead sea-salts are also considered undesirable as they can lead to a rise in the water temperature consequently leading to potential hot water burns or scalds.
There are certain essentials oils to watch out for that are considered dangerous and best to avoid whilst pregnant. They include: wormwood, mugwort, sassafras, pennyroyl , anise, basil, comfrey and cypress.
Other essential oils to avoid are marjoram, bay, camphor, caraway, jasmine, juniper, carrot, cedar wood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, fennel, hyssop, myrrh, nutmeg, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, tansy, thuja, thyme, wintergreen and yarrow.
In the first trimester, it’s also necessary to avoid frankincense, geranium, chamomile, Melissa and Rose.
Another way to stay safe is to confine oneself to using Epsom salts. Epsom salts are a mix of magnesium and sulphate -- the magnesium is well known for its toxin extrication properties from the body leaving the user in a less impure state than before. Just add up to two cup fills to a bath and relax for twenty minutes. This is a great way to relax and to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy.
These days the market offers such a wide variety of bath salts, it’s often difficult to choose the best. Whilst pregnant, it is advisable to opt for a high quality, reputable brand. With a little prudence there is no reason why women can’t enjoy bath salts and pregnancy. Extreme precaution, however, could not be advised enough.
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