Taking an Epsom salt bath may be an effective and safe way for pregnant people to ease aches and pains.

Epsom salt is a crystallized form of magnesium sulfate. People who use Epsom salt as a home remedy believe that their body absorbs some of these minerals.

In this article, learn about the benefits of taking an Epsom salt bath during pregnancy, as well as the possible risks.

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Epsom salt baths can relieve aches and pains during pregnancy.

As long as pregnant people do not ingest Epsom salt or overheat in the bathtub, they can use Epsom salt baths to get relief from a variety of symptoms.

Most of the evidence about the benefits of Epsom salt baths for pregnancy-related discomforts is anecdotal.

However, doctors and researchers generally agree that they are a safe way to seek relief as long as people take proper precautions.

There are many potential benefits of taking Epsom salt baths during pregnancy. These include the following:

1. Relief from aches and pains

Sore muscles, round ligament pain, and leg cramps are all common during pregnancy. While there is little scientific evidence that magnesium sulfate eases pain, the heat from a warm bath can help to relax the muscles.

2. Stress reduction

Soaking in a warm bath can help to relieve stress. Research on an animal model suggests that magnesium may also be a natural stress reliever and antidepressant.

3. Hemorrhoid help

Constipation is common during pregnancy. Alongside the weight of the uterus and developing baby, this can increase the likelihood of hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around the anus that can itch or hurt. Soaking in a warm bath may help relieve the discomfort that hemorrhoids cause, while the anti-inflammatory properties of Epsom salts may help to shrink the veins.

4. Increased magnesium levels