"Go to the pregnant hammam, is it risky for me and my baby?" Our specialist, Anna Roy, a liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris, answers Pascaline's question.
The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris
- Steam bath of Arab-Turkish origin, the hammam is synonymous with relaxing moments and Eastern beauty rituals. It generally includes several parts, maintained at variable temperatures that can climb up to 50 ° C. The atmosphere is very humid, which helps to withstand the heat.
- During pregnancy, heat is not recommended for pregnant women. It speeds up the heartbeat of both the expectant mother and the baby. This can trigger discomfort, involving a risk of falls.
- The heat is also likely to increase the risk of spider veins (dilation of blood capillaries), which is bad in case of venous insufficiency, a quite common disorder during pregnancy. Wet steam can prevent breathing well and trigger discomfort, a feeling of oppression. The hamman is therefore also not recommended for pregnant women who already tend to run out of steam easily. Not to mention, and this applies to any world, that wetlands promote the proliferation of mycoses.
- Pregnant, it is better to proscribe the hammam! Needless to add: we already have enough to do with all the little sores of pregnancy. To enjoy this relaxing pleasure, wait until you have given birth!
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