Yes, potentially it can, if you get in the bath too soon. What is too soon? Generally, if you get into the bath before you are 5cm dilated, your labour may slow down. Now, you can use this information for your own benefit. If you are in early labour and are wanting to rest, a long soak in a warm bath may do the trick in slowing things down so that you can get some valued rest. If this is not your intention, and you do get into the bath and it slows things down, rest assured that this situation is easily fixed. Simply get out of the bath, get waking, do some stairs, and you'll find labour is in full swing again. And soon you'll be able to get back into the bath and know that it won't slow things down.
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