Safety tips for showering in pregnancy

June 30, 2016

The extra weight you're carrying during pregnancy can make it trickier to balance because your centre of gravity has changed. Follow these tips to make showering safer in pregnancy:

  • Put a rough textured bath mat in your tub or shower cubicle. This will give your feet something to grip onto and reduce the risk of slipping. 
  • If you have a mobility handle on the side of your bath be sure to use it when lifting yourself up and out of the tub. It provides stability and support.
  • Take your time getting into and out of the shower. 
  • Ensure you have a dry bath mat on the floor next to the bath to step onto. And always make sure the floor is dry before you start your shower - it's very easy to slip on splashes of water.
  • Leave the door unlocked if you can! If you do fall and need assistance then leaving the door unlocked will ensure that someone can run in and help as soon as possible.
  • Use unscented products in the shower if you're skin has become sensitive to fragrances. Hormone changes during pregnancy can make the skin become irritated and dry so use a moisturising cleanser and nourishing body wash to remove impurities and hydrate.
  • You might also like to keep the temperature of the water a little cooler and take shorter showers to prevent your skin from drying out too much.

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