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.