Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and sink a little bit lower into the water. Ahhhh… do you feel that? It’s called PEACE. Anyone who says that taking a relaxing bath during pregnancy is forbidden doesn’t know how to relax. Sure, scalding hot water is dangerous to an unborn baby, but who wants to sit in a steamy sweaty tub anyways when they’re six months pregnant? Turn the heat level down, ignore the kiddy toys, and soak yourself into a state of tranquility. Here are five ways to relax during pregnancy.
One of my favorite ways to relax during my pregnancy is in the bathtub. I find the sound of running water calming and the feeling of weightlessness lulling after a long day on my feet. I’ve always dreamt of having a bath tub tray (it’s been on my wish list forever), so when Worry Less Craft More sent me one of her Relax Bath Tub Trays, I thrilled to finally try one out.
Here are five ways that I make the best of my baths.
- Set the mood – There is no right or wrong time of the day to unwind in the bathtub. I like to keep the lights low, light a candle, and play my favorite Pandora station. I also make sure Daddy and the toddler are out of earshot.
- Add epsom salt and essential oils to running water. My favorite oil in the bathtub is Lavender for it’s soothing effects. Epsom salt is not actually salt, but rather a combination of minerals that are great for easing sore muscles, reducing stress, and aiding with digestion.
- Pour a glass of ice water. It is important you stay hydrated while pregnant and sitting a tub of warm water might make you de-hydrated. I’ve been on a fruit kick, so raspberries, lemon, or strawberries have been a constant in my H2O.
- Catch up on your reading/journaling. If I am not filling out my pregnancy week-by-week journal, then I will be sure to have some form of literature in hand.
- Go cell free. If you’re like me, you always have your cell phone in hand. Take a time to give your eyes a rest from the bright lights and your fingers a rest from texting.
When you have supplies for taking a relaxing bath, putting them on the ledge of the tub in a house where cats and toddlers roam can be dangerous. The Relax Bath Tub Tray from Worry Less Craft More is perfect for hosting an ice cold beverage and your favorite novel.
The tray is 30 inches side to side to fit across the majority of standard bathtubs. My bathtub is very wide in the middle, so the tray fits best towards the front. I actually prefer the tray to be away from my bulging belly. There are 2 pieces of wood on the underside of the tray, to act as supports for the tray.
Each tray is hand cut cedar wood, stained and finished with the wonderful handwritten word “relax” in acrylic white paint. The tray is then sprayed with a clear lacquer to resist light water. This does not imply that the tray should be under constant water contact. But is there to resist light water drips.
If you are looking for something to add to your Mother’s Day wish list, I highly recommend a bath tub tray. Here are some more Bath Caddys: