Radox bubble bath during pregnancy

Personal hygiene - showering and bathing during pregnancy

Every pregnant woman knows this: The intensive examination of your own body leads to a new sensitivity and a different form of body awareness. You can feel the changes every time you bathe, shower or apply lotion: Daily personal hygiene offers you the ideal opportunity to get to know your body better and to feel how it reacts to pregnancy.

Incidentally, your baby will also enjoy being caressed when creaming or the gentle lapping of water on her stomach in the bathtub or shower.

But remember: showering and bathing remove natural oil and moisturizing factors from the skin, and an overly generous use of foaming care products intensifies this effect. Dry skin in particular suffers from sins of care. However, pure water does not protect the skin from the typical symptoms of dehydration, i.e. feelings of tension, redness, flakes of skin, itching and sometimes skin impurities. Because the skin needs help to help itself. Choose the mildest possible, lipid-replenishing products that only foam a little - they clean the skin particularly gently and protect it from drying out. Suitable products are available from many companies, but also from the own brands of drugstores, discounters and supermarkets - they are priced between 25 cents and 30 euros for 100 ml.

take a shower

A short shower is generally better for the skin than a bath. The same applies here: not too long, not too often and not too hot. So a maximum of ten minutes and a maximum of once a day - shorter for very dry skin and no more than three times a week. The water temperature should not exceed 35 ° C. Because just four minutes under a hot water jet are enough to unbalance the protective acid mantle of the skin. Soap and conventional shower gel also leach them out.

Washing lotions and so-called washing bars, whose pH value roughly corresponds to that of the skin, are more gentle. The protective acid mantle of healthy skin has a pH value between 4 and 6.5 - a pH value of 5 is ideal for skin care.

The skin compatibility of a shower gel does not only depend on its pH value, but also on the surfactants used - these are the substances that make the shower additive foam. Rule of thumb: The more the product foams, the more it can impair the function of the skin's fatty film.
  • If you have sensitive or dry skin, you should opt for a so-called shower cream. It is also enriched with lipid-replenishing substances, which means that it contains a good portion of skin-caring fats, which means that no fat is removed from the skin during cleaning and the fat film remains as it is.
  • Shower oils are ideal for people with very dry skin - they contain a particularly high proportion of lipid-replenishing substances and oils that care for the skin, such as jojoba, macadam or almond oil, and they also use fewer surfactants. They often also contain active ingredients such as panthenol, rose or borage seed oil, evening primrose, lemon balm, St. John's wort, lavender, calendula or chamomile - they provide moisture, improve the skin's resistance and counteract skin irritation and itching. Often they also give off a pleasant scent. But be careful: shower oils form a thin film of oil in the tub that is easy to slip on. So be careful and clean the tub immediately after showering.

Relax in the tub

Good for the soul, bad for dry skin: an extended hot bathtub removes significantly more oil and moisture from the skin than a short shower. However, you do not have to do without switching off and relaxing in the bathtub during pregnancy. If you consider a few points, nothing stands in the way of the pampering program. Do not bathe for more than 10-15 minutes. The water temperature should be between 37 and 38 degrees, slightly cooler water is better for the skin and less stressful on the circulation. Remember that bubble baths particularly dry out the skin and bubble baths with bath tablets put a strain on the circulation. A moisturizing oil bath is better - but consider the risk of slipping in the tub!

For particularly dry and sensitive skin, it is advisable to choose an oil bath without chemical emulsifiers. They also remove fat from the skin and partially negate the positive effect of the care oils.

Here's how you can prepare yourself a full bath without chemical emulsifiers:

Aromatic baths with essential oil
The most convenient means with which you can mix your bath additives yourself are aroma oils from the pharmacy. These essential oils are produced according to the pharmacopoeia, contamination and pollution (e.g. from pesticides) are practically excluded. The low dosage also makes a homemade aromatic bath attractive in terms of price, because you only need six to ten drops of essential oil for an aromatic full-body bath. When choosing the aromatic oil, go according to your nose or your current needs: Rose oil or lavender have a relaxing and balancing effect and soothe irritated skin. A relaxing bath with lemon balm oil is the right choice for blemished skin. The fresheners among the oils are lemon, bergamot and orange. However, some oils, such as verbena or rosemary, are not recommended for pregnant women.

Please note, however, that an essential oil should never be added to the water pure. The oil and water do not mix and so the oil floats in a concentrated manner on the surface of the water, which can lead to skin irritation. That's why you need an emulsifier - two tablespoons of cream are suitable for this, for example. Alternatively, you can mix the essential oil with a fragrance-free bath and add it to the water.

Wellness baths from the natural kitchen
Finally, two bath recipes with ingredients from the kitchen or from the garden. Since these products are made from fresh food or flowers, they do not need to be preserved with chemical agents and are therefore completely natural.
  • Cleopatra bath According to legend, the Egyptian ruler is said to have bathed Cleopatra in donkey milk to care for her body. Nowadays people help themselves with olive oil and cow's milk. To do this, beat a tablespoon of olive oil in half a glass of milk until frothy and pour the whole thing into the bathtub. After bathing, your skin will feel baby soft and silky.
  • Rose petal bath A bath with roses is pure relaxation and a treat for beauty. Put a handful of freshly picked rose petals in the bathtub. No real roses on hand? Mix two drops each of rosewood essential oil and rose geranium oil and one drop each of rose oil damascena and oil petitgrain (citrus oil) with three tablespoons of cream. The bath creates beautiful small pores and makes the skin soft as velvet.

Dab gently instead of rubbing firmly

After showering or bathing, you should gently pat yourself dry with the towel. Vigorous rubbing stimulates blood circulation, but also removes the skin's own fats and protective care oils. Afterwards you should definitely apply a rich lotion - preferably while the skin is still warm and the pores are open. Body oil can even be spread on the damp skin, because in this way it develops a particularly high nourishing effect. Read more tips on body care during pregnancy:

Last revised: October 2020