Listed below are general suggestions to follow during your pregnancy. Always check with your physician or midwife for specific instructions regarding your health.
Unless otherwise instructed by your physician, travel usually is allowed during pregnancy. Plan ahead and consider the following comfort measures.
*Whenever you travel by car, always wear your seat belt. Correct positioning of the lap/shoulder belt is essential. Place the lap portion under your abdomen and across your upper thighs. The shoulder strap should fit diagonally between your breasts. Your seat belt should be snug, yet comfortable. Never ride with only your lap belt on and not the shoulder belt because you still could be seriously injured in a car accident.
Sitting in hot water or a sauna for a long time may cause your internal body temperature to increase significantly (hyperthermia). Especially during the first
few months of pregnancy, this can be dangerous for the fetus. To be on the safe side, avoid overheating and check with your physician before using hot tubs, whirlpools or saunas.
Cats’ bowel movements may contain a parasite that can cause a serious blood infection, which can lead to birth defects for your baby. Although the chance of becoming infected is small, it is best to be cautious. Let someone else clean the litter box or use rubber gloves if you must do it yourself. Also, be careful when gardening in an area where your cat may have had a bowel movement.
If you must be involved in painting, wallpapering, or stripping or refinishing furniture during pregnancy, use caution. Work in a large, well-ventilated area. Avoid long
exposure to fumes, especially in the first three months of your pregnancy. Wear gloves and protective clothing and don’t eat or drink in the area.
Using household cleaning products is not likely to harm your baby. However, it is a good idea to avoid oven cleaners and dry cleaning products during your pregnancy. Never combine cleaning fluids containing chlorine bleach and ammonia, since this combination produces toxic fumes.
Do not climb ladders during your pregnancy, because a fall can cause serious injury to your baby. Ask for help reaching high places. If you must use a step stool or ladder, keep in mind that your center of gravity changes during pregnancy and you can easily lose your balance.
Check with your physician before taking any medication. Even common over-the-counter preparations such as cold treatments, aspirin and pain relievers can harm your baby.
Any of the symptoms listed below could indicate a health problem. Please contact your physician or midwife immediately and report any additional symptoms you are experiencing.
Warning signs include: