A pocket of peace we all love, when we have the time, is relaxing in a candle lit bubble bath, with a sprinkle of Epsom salts for an extraordinary aroma with all the benefits soaking into our body. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it?
But, does this have to stop because your pregnant?
Taking an epsom salt bath can be an effective and safe way for pregnant women to ease aches and pains.
Epsom salt is a crystallized form of magnesium sulphate. Those who use epsom salt as a home remedy claim believe that their body absorbs some of these minerals.
As long as you do not ingest epsom salt or overheat in the bathtub, then you can use epsom salt baths to relieve a mix of symptoms. As long as you take precautions then everything should be fine!
What are the benefits of epsom salt baths while pregnant?
There are many potential benefits of taking Epsom salt baths during pregnancy. Here are a few:
1. Relief from pains and aches
Sore muscles, round ligament pain, and leg cramps all common during pregnancy. While there is limited scientific evidence that magnesium sulphate eases pain, the heat from a warm bath can help to relax the muscles.
2. Promotes sleep and stress reduction
Soaking in a warm bath can help to relieve stress. Magnesium can also be used as a natural stress reliever.
3. Helps with haemorrhoids
Constipation is normal during pregnancy. Alongside the weight of the uterus and developing baby, this can increase the likelihood of haemorrhoids. Soaking in a warm bath with some Epsom salt may help relieve the discomfort that haemorrhoids cause, with the anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salts.
4. Relief from itching
While pregnant it is common to experience itching as your skin stretches to accommodate the growing fetus. An Epsom salt bath may soothe itching. Applying moisturiser after the bath should also help to provide long-lasting relief.
How to use epsom salts
To make an epsom salt bath, fill a tub with warm water and mix in 2 cups of epsom salt until it completely dissolves. You should limit the time spent in the tub to 12–15 minutes to minimise the risk of overheating.
So to answer your question, are epsom salt baths safe during pregnancy? Yes. Just be sure to take extra precautions and do not overuse epsom salt. Now go and relax while you still can!
Do you have any tips on how to unwind whilst pregnant? Let us know in the comments!
I am a business graduate and live in Glasgow. After taking a career break after my second child, I have not looked back. I now have 4 children and love my role as a stay-at-home mum. I value all the benefits of staying at home with my children and feel I am privileged to be able to do that. I passionately believe that the role of a mother is more important than any other and should be celebrated.