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Is Epsom Salt Safe to Bathe in While Pregnant?

Updated April 17, 2017

Pregnancy changes a woman's body, often causing various aches and health conditions related to the growth and delivery of the baby. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath, however, can help soothe a pregnant woman's body.

What Is Epsom Salt?

Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate. It was discovered in Epsom, England, in the 1600s and is named "salt" because of its crystalline, saltlike appearance.

Pregnancy Benefits of Epsom Salt Baths

According to Saltworks, using Epsom salt during baths helps lower blood pressure (especially for women suffering from preeclampsia, or high blood pressure during pregnancy), aids in relieving aching muscles (particularly the back and pelvic region for pregnant women), and promotes relaxation.

How Much Epsom Salt to Use

In a WebMD article, Janelle Sorensen, senior writer and health consultant for Healthy Child Healthy World, recommends dissolving one cup Epsom salt in warm bath water.

Other Epsom Salt Uses in Pregnancy

Some hospitals use magnesium sulphate intravenously to help delay preterm labour and to treat eclampsia. Some studies also show that intravenous magnesium sulphate may aid in preventing cerebral palsy in preterm babies.

Where to Buy Epsom Salt

You can purchase Epsom salt from most chemists. It's usually located in the first aid aisle alongside aspirin, bandages, or laxatives.

Warnings and Considerations

If you're pregnant, you should consult with a qualified medical professional (physician, obstetrician, midwife) before taking Epsom salt internally or using it as a bath additive.

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About the Author

Originally from Indiana but now based in upstate New York, Lisanne Jensen has written professionally since 1988. Her journalism career includes government and features reporting for several Indiana newspapers, book editing, and marketing/graphic design. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and French from Indiana University.