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No bloody bath!!!

(20 Posts)
limeandsoda93 Sat 04-Jun-16 12:14:18

Just venting really. All the advice I'm hearing on how to cope with early labour is to have a warm bath. From midwives and other mums equally. Eer, I don't have a bath!? grin Is this frustrating anyone else? I'm 36 weeks so not dealing with it yet but it's in EVERY post and information sheet I read!

Lampshadeface Sat 04-Jun-16 12:34:54

I'm 30 weeks and yes, it's annoying. What's more annoying is that I really want a nice warm bath sad

Running the shower over your bump and bum/lower back is very effective too apparently

NeedACleverNN Sat 04-Jun-16 12:42:45

A bath does help because I think the theory is it helps relax your muscles and helps ease the pain of contractions in early labour.

I suppose a shower aimed at your lower back would mimic it in a way.

Lilaclily Sat 04-Jun-16 12:45:06

This reminds of where I had my first child in a house with no bath

The outrage of mil, my mum, 'you can't bring up a child without a bath' shockhmm I somehow managed confused

StopShoutingAtYourBrother Sat 04-Jun-16 12:46:16

When I was pregnant (several years ago) I had a bath. Got in. Could not get out.... Was like a beached whale. Had to wait on dh returning to hoist me out. Never again!

So I'm not sure how much you're missing out on!

Newmanwannabe Sat 04-Jun-16 12:46:49

Thinking positively a warm bath can relax you so much it can put you out of labour and you don't want that when the day comes grabbing straws Maybe buy some quick heating heat packs or even look into hiring a tens unit?

Dizzydodo Sat 04-Jun-16 12:47:10

I lived in a house with no bath when DD was born, tbh when I went into labour I don't think I'd have actually wanted one, I preferred walking around, you'll do fine without one I'm sure!

Nuttypops Sat 04-Jun-16 12:47:43

Sitting on the floor of the shower may help as well. On the other hand, I tried the bath during early labour and it drove me absolutely scatty, it just seemed to make the pain worse, I was much better pacing around.

MintyBojingles Sat 04-Jun-16 13:17:50

I had a bath in early labour, didn't find it helpful.

Get a cheap plastic stool/step thing and sit on it under the shower, I've been doing this for some weeks anyway as go faint in the shower. It's very comforting and the only thing that eases my back pain. Just put a towel under the stool so you don't scratch the shower like I did!

Like this: also makes leg shaving easier ;) best £5 pregnancy purchase I've made.

GenevaJoey Sat 04-Jun-16 13:21:58

Urgh, we have a bath, a lovely corner bath. unfortunately i have no hot water: some cock up with the gas company (we just moved in) means they turned the gas off and won't put it on til Tuesday earliest. I am due on Monday. Praying baby is late sad at least you have a shower, that should help. I don't think a cold shower is going to help me!

limeandsoda93 Sat 04-Jun-16 13:49:38

Haha StopShouting that's hilarious! I'm sure I'll manage just fine with the shower, a little stool might be on the cards Minty! Geneva that's soooo annoying, im counting my blessings now smile

Julieb85 Sat 04-Jun-16 19:31:39

If it makes you feel any better the bath didn't help me at all!! In fact it made me worse - hot and flustered! I preferred to just walk around...!

Junosmum Sat 04-Jun-16 19:55:34

Hospital didn't have any baths but I couldn't face the journey home so they told me to have a shower and aim it at my lower back and tummy.

WutheringTights Sun 05-Jun-16 10:33:29

The midwife talked me into the birth pool with my first. Absolutely hated it and I'm sure it slowed down my labour. No way was I getting in a sodding bath with my second.

user1464887935 Sun 05-Jun-16 10:41:30

Can you get one of those big inflatable balls.... can't remember what they're called! I found sitting on it and pushing against it really helpful for dealing with contractions in early labour.

user1464887935 Sun 05-Jun-16 10:51:04

In my excitement about the ball I forgot to say yes bloody annoying about info sheets repeatedly saying things that are not poss. Maybe there needs to be a 'info sheet for showers' version!!!

RhubarbAndMustard Sun 05-Jun-16 10:55:43

Another one here that hated the bath in labour. Made the pains so much worse as I couldn't move into a comfortable position when the contractions came. Don't worry at all. I think a shower is much better, especially if you take a chair in that you can lean on and let the water run over your back.

LumpishAndIllogical Sun 05-Jun-16 11:45:39

I didn't have a bath in flat when I had DS 1 and the thought of getting undressed and wet when in pain seemed awful.
I used a TENS machine instead, learnt against a pile of cushions and watched telly. My labour progressed very quickly too

KayTee87 Sun 05-Jun-16 11:53:04

Try a tens machine instead smile
I think I will go for bath in early labour but yes I heard something about it slowing it down?

PoppieD Sun 05-Jun-16 11:57:33

No bath here either! Was really worried about it at first but not bothered about it now, I do have slight worry how will cope bathing baby but will cross that when I come to it!

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