I have always loved my baths, always. I was brought up with the idea that bath time is a relaxant. In my family, it is routine, bath and then bed, which is possibly why I equate my bath to that relaxed feeling. I can spend hours in the bath, sometimes to the point that my husband has to check on me to make sure I haven’t fallen asleep. That being said, I have yet to actually fall asleep in my bathtub.
I make a point to make the most out of my bath time. I have two bath pillows which I tend to alternate between. I have the Earth Therapeutics bath pillow, it has suction cups that stick it to my bath, and it is covered in terry cloth making it so comfy. I also have the full body bath lounger. It fits the length of my bathtub, a comfy cushion for me to lay out on, the pillow attached. This is the one I use if I really want to stretch out and relax, particularly if I am home alone for the evening and am planning to spend most of it in the bath. If I just want a shorter bath (usually maxing out at about 90 minutes, I use the Earth Therapeutics pillow.
There are a lot of things that I find can make my bath time even more relaxing. It is all about the mood and I like to do what I can to lift that. First off, I have an oil diffuser, I can fill it with any essential/aromatherapy oil, light a tealight candle and the scent gently and gradually fills the room. I can change the scent depending on my mood but I tend to favour anything citrusy or minty.
I also have my Village Naturals Therapy mineral bath soaks, they have different kinds for different moods: Restless Nights, Aches & Pains, and Stress & Tension. They also come in a bubble bath form, I plan to try those next for something a little bit different than the salts. The bath soaks, I have found, I have been excellent for my feet. I haven’t really had swollen ankles yet, but they can get incredibly sore if I’ve been on them a lot during the day or have gone for a longer walk (sometimes even just round the grocery store), and a little bit of time in the bath makes them feel a whole lot better when I use the bath soaks.
Sometimes you just can’t have a bath without bubbles, currently I’m using Deep Steep’s Rosemary and Mint bubble bath, which strongly appeals to my current love of all things mint.
I have to admit that I am making the most of my baths while I can. I know that come December and the arrival of my baby, these will be few and far between, and certainly will never last as long again. So I will continue to enjoy them for the remainder of my pregnancy, and it is not necessarily a bad thing to pamper myself like this. Relaxed Mama makes a relaxed baby.