Can I bathe once my waters have broken?

Q: Is it okay to have a bath once my waters have broken?

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Midwife Nikki replies

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There are several theories on this. One concern was whether it puts your baby at risk of infection, but the latest thinking is that it doesn’t.
Some experts even suggest that bathing can reduce the risk, as water births show a lower rate of maternal and newborn infections. But make sure you check that the bath is a comfortable temperature and not too hot.
If you notice any staining in your waters, which may indicate your baby has had a bowel movement and is in distress, or if there’s any bleeding, a bath or birth pool may not be an option as the midwife will need to monitor your baby’s heart.
Opinions vary, so talk to your midwife.

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