How to Use Bath Salts During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is often associated with challenging physical discomfort. Pregnant women frequently suffer from sleep troubles, aches and pains, sore skin and general lack of energy.

Bathing is a safe and effective way to bring comfort naturally during pregnancy.

Types of Bath Salts

Most commercial bath salts are a combination of Epsom Salt, Dead Sea Salt and Pink Himalayan Salt. All salt is mineral rich, however, when it comes to boasting natural health benefits the best type of salt to bath in is pure Epsom Salt.

What are Epsom Salts?

Epsom salts are an increasingly popular remedy for many ailments such as muscle soreness and stress.

The great advantage of epsom salts is that it’s comparably affordable and easy to use in comparison to other pain relief methods.

Epsom salt’s chemical name is magnesium sulfate. It’s a chemical compound made up of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and quite different to the table salt we consume. These salts are also known as bath salts as that is how most people use them, by putting them in the bath.

Epsom salts are effective because of the magnesium in their structure – magnesium has been shown, in large amounts of research, to be effective at reducing pain sensitivity.

Are Epsom salts suitable for pregnancy?

So, all good news for reducing pain so far – something that is a common problem in pregnancy. The physical pain and pressure of pregnancy, and the weight of the baby, can cause mothers to seek all sorts of pain relief remedies. Epsom salts are fantastic and are a go-to to many mothers.

There is one downside though, the most popular, highly rated and effective Epsom Salts typically have some essential oils in them which make them unsafe for pregnancy. The essential oils can be really effective at helping you relax, but most of the pregnancy safe bath salts or epsom salts out there are just plain epsom salts. 

However, luckily, there are some epsom salt formulations on the market that are pregnancy safe with added essential oils and benefits. We will give you the rundown of the 3 best epsom salts for pregnancy

Top three pregnancy safe ones

Let’s take a look at the best bath salts (epsom salts) on the market that will help you during your pregnancy:

1. WholyMe Pregnancy Bath Salts

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WholyMe Pregnancy bath salts are formulated specifically for pregnancy.  Certified natural, the Pregnancy Bath Salts contain naturally occurring pure Epsom salts which assists in recovery for aching muscles. The salts are blended with gentle organic certified botanicals, including coconut, lavender and chamomile oils, to provide enhanced relief for pregnancy-related lack of sleep, sore skin and aching bodies.

Price: £22

2. Little Herbs Bathe Mama

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Little Herbs developed a Bathe Mama salt for pregnancy that combine epsom salt with botanicals to provide relaxation during pregnancy.

Price: £23

3. Westlab Reviving Epsom Bath Salt

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Don’t forget you can also use plain epsom salts but they don’t have formulations for extra relief with essential oils.

You can purchase these in most high street pharmacies! Westlab’s Reviving Epsom Bath Salt is pure natural Epsom Salt that contributed to soothe and relax muscles.

Price: £5.99

5 Benefits of Epsom Salt During Pregnancy

Epsom Salt promotes general health and wellness by improving circulation, reducing inflammation and stimulating internal natural detox mechanisms that keep you healthy.

There are 5 key benefits to using Epsom Salt While Pregnant.

1. Soothes Skin

Pregnant women often experience sore, itchy skin caused by stretching, as well as various dry skin conditions including eczema. Epsom Salt soothes skin discomfort.

2. Improves Digestion

Constipation is common during pregnancy. Epsom Salt encourages the digestive system to detox. When pregnant, having a warm bath allows magnesium sulphate to be absorbed through your skin. The warm water causes your digestive tract to relax, which keeps things moving smoothly.

3. Relieves Aches & Pains

Sore joints, particularly in the hips and spine, can bring pain and discomfort. Epsom Salt increases circulation and reduces swelling, which alleviates widespread aches and pains. This also helps to reduce fluid buildup in the hands, feet and fingers, where swelling often occurs during pregnancy.

4. Reduces Cramps

Cramps and muscle spasms are frequently caused by low levels of magnesium. Bathing in Epsom Salt means magnesium can be absorbed directly through the skin, and may be used as a safe supplement to treat magnesium deficiency during pregnancy.

5. Relaxation & Stress Relief

Stress during pregnancy triggers sleep issues, fatigue, unhealthy eating and emotional instability.

Enjoying regular baths during pregnancy promotes relaxation to keep you and your baby well-rested, calm and happy.

Correct Use of Epsom Salt During Pregnancy

Epsom Salt is safe and affordable, providing simple relief for many of pregnancy’s quirks.

When pregnant, certain essential oils can be added to pure Epsom Salt for an enhanced relieving experience. This must be done carefully as some essential oils are too strong and not advised for pregnant women. For this reason, at WholyMe we conducted thorough research and analysis to combine safe and effective botanical oils to our certified natural Epsom Salts so you can rest assured the combination of ingredients is effective, pure, simple and safe to use.

Run a deep bath that is lukewarm and comfortable, but not excessively hot.

Dissolve 2 cups of WholyMe Pregnancy Bath Salts into the running water, allowing the salts to flow beneath the tap to dissolve thoroughly. This should cause the water to feel soft and silky.

Soak for 12 to 20 minutes.

After your bath, cover your skin with light, long-sleeved clothing to promote detox and drink plenty of fresh, cool water.

Relax and enjoy!

At WholyMe we developed a formulation to soothe pregnancy related discomforts in an all natural and safe way. Our bath salts combine pure, naturally derived Epsom Salt with very gentle soothing organic botanicals such as coconut oil, lavender and chamomile. This combination is ideal to promote better sleep, soothe sore skin and relax aching bodies during pregnancy.

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