Home Life When Pregnant
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Pregnancy can have an effect on every aspect of your life. Watch our video as we discuss home life when pregnant in detail.
Transcript: When you're pregnant, even simple tasks-like microwaving a pizza or changing the litter-may seem risky....
When you're pregnant, even simple tasks-like microwaving a pizza or changing the litter-may seem risky. Most day-to-day household tasks are perfectly safe for women who are pregnant. For example, there is no reason why an expectant mom shouldn't use the microwave. There is no evidence that the minute radiation emitted from a microwave can even reach, let alone harm, a fetus. On the other hand, expectant moms should not change a cat's litter box. That's because of a parasite infection called toxoplasmosis, that is transferred from cat feces and is present in places where a cat does its business. Toxoplasmosis isn't harmful to adults, but it can cause neurological damage in a developing fetus. People can also be exposed to toxoplasmosis when gardening, so expecting moms should let their partner take care of the yard work-or at least wear gloves when performing these tasks. Pregnant women should be particularly careful about lead exposure around the house. Exposure to peeling lead paint, or to lead in general, can be especially dangerous during pregnancy. That's because lead exposure can lead to a lower IQ for the baby, as well as to a premature birth. If you're worried about lead, get a blood test from your doctor to determine your levels. Remember: The cat and your microwave have not suddenly become the enemy. Be smart and you'll be safe.More »
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Are you pregnant and worried about how to manage your professional life? Doing routine work in pregnancy is not unsafe, but you need to be careful. Watch this video for information on pregnant work life.
Transcript: As much as you might like it to, your work responsibilities won't go away just because you're pregnant....
As much as you might like it to, your work responsibilities won't go away just because you're pregnant. Here's what you should know working while you're with child. If you work in an office environment, you may be concerned about exposure to computers or photocopy machines. Luckily, a great deal of research has shown that even all day exposure to these devices won't hurt your baby in the slightest. If your work-life involves spending the day on your feet, you should know that this is also perfectly safe. However, take frequent breaks to move around, as periods of standing without movement can lead to low blood pressure. Also, walking around periodically can help to prevent pregnancy blood clots in your legs. Another common workplace worry is that cell phone use may have an effect on the fetus. This stems partly from a Dutch study, which showed that kids whose mothers used cell phones while pregnant had an increased risk of behavioral problems. But even the study's authors admit that much more research is needed. Most regular work activities are perfectly safe for pregnant women, but if you're concerned about something in particular, make sure to discuss it with your doctor.More »
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Are you expecting again? Your second or third pregnancy can be more challenging since you already have a kid or two to look after. Watch this video about pregnancy while caring for kids.
Transcript: Pregnant with your second, third, or fourth child? Here's what you need to know about keeping your entire...
Pregnant with your second, third, or fourth child? Here's what you need to know about keeping your entire brood safe. If you're a pregnant mom, it's wise to exhibit care when picking up your other children. While toting this weight won't harm your baby, it could hurt your back-so don't carry a toddler heavier than 25 pounds. If you're breastfeeding when you get pregnant, it's fine to continue to do so. Just make sure you're eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated, to meet your body's demands. If one of your children needs to be vaccinated while you're carrying his sibling, that too is fine. There is almost zero risk that a live virus vaccine given to your child could pass to you. However, if you did come into active contact with a virus, your baby could be harmed, which is why you need to be wary if your child contracts chicken pox. If you're already had the virus, then you're safely immune. But if you sidestepped chicken pox in childhood, exposure to it now could spread to your baby, causing birth defects. So, if one of your children gets chicken pox, talk to your doctor about an anti-viral medication for you - to keep your new little one protected.More »
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All you want is sleep, right? But you want to sleep safely for the little one your carrying. Check out this video to learn more about safe sleep during pregnancy.
Transcript: Forget ice cream, you just crave sleep! Here, tips to make snoozing safer for your little one. It is...
Forget ice cream, you just crave sleep! Here, tips to make snoozing safer for your little one. It is most commonly recommended that a pregnant woman sleep on her left side. This position improves the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta. It also helps your kidneys efficiently eliminate fluids from your body. In turn, you'll sidestep some swelling in your feet and ankles. During the first twenty weeks or so of pregnancy, it's ok to sleep on your back. After that though, you should try not to, because the weight of your uterus could press on the artery which leads from your legs to your heart, resulting in reduced blood flow to your baby. You can also sleep on your right side, or your stomach, if that is comfortable for you. But by the third trimester, most women would rather sit up than lie on their bellies! Regardless of the position you sleep in while you are pregnant, if you're cold at night, you may wish to use an electric blanket. This is fine as long as you don't allow your body temperature to rise above 103 degrees, which can harm your baby. No matter how you sleep, make sure you do. Growing a baby is a lot of work!More »
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Are you having trouble sleeping during pregnancy? Find out more about pregnancy sleep aids by checking out this video.
Transcript: You'd sacrifice anything for a good night's rest...except the safety of your baby. According to the FDA,...
You'd sacrifice anything for a good night's rest...except the safety of your baby. According to the FDA, there are currently no sleep aid medications that are 100 percent risk-free for an unborn child. But there are several meds that-based on animal studies-are presumed safe for unborn babies. Called Class B drugs, these include Benadryl and Ambien. Most doctors say that the occasional use of a Class B sleep aid poses little risk to your infant. Other sleep-aids, like Lunesta and Sonata, are Class C drugs, which mean animal studies have shown potential risks to a fetus. If you're not willing to take any chances, though, ginseng supplements have been shown to help ease stress and regulate sleep, ...and the herb is safe for use during pregnancy. Also, certain foods, like milk, honey and turkey, may increase your body's supply of sleep-inducing tryptophan. When you're pregnant, however, remember that just because something is "natural" does not always mean it is healthy for your baby. You should avoid potentially dangerous sleep aids like melatonin, kava kava, and valerian. Keep your baby safe. Talk to your doctor before you start any kind of new medication, natural or no.More »
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Air traveling is usually safe for you and your unborn baby, but there are some precautions you should take. Learn more about in-flight safety with baby in this video.
Transcript: You've got a baby on board, so should you be on board an aircraft? Life doesn't stop when you're pregnant...
You've got a baby on board, so should you be on board an aircraft? Life doesn't stop when you're pregnant and there may be an occasion (or many!) when you need to hop on a plane. Although many women worry about air travel during pregnancy, these fears are largely unjustified. Flying has not been associated with any risks to your baby, including birth defects, miscarriage, or preterm labor. The only exception to this rule is women who have high risk pregnancies, or are very close to their due dates. In cases like this, it's best to consult a doctor before booking your flight. Of course, flying may not be quite as comfortable when you have a passenger of your own! When en route to your destination, combat low cabin humidity by drinking extra water. Walk around frequently, especially on long flights, as a precaution against the formation of pregnancy related blood clots. And remember, pregnancy gives you a perfect excuse to ask for an extra packet of peanuts-you're eating for two, after all!More »
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If you're pregnant and planning a vacation, you might want to take a few things into consideration. Check out this video to learn more about travel during pregnany.
Transcript: You're not going to get a break from that bump anytime soon, but that doesn't mean that you can't take...
You're not going to get a break from that bump anytime soon, but that doesn't mean that you can't take a time-out from the rest of your life! When you're pregnant, it's almost always safe to fly. But not every destination is a good one for your baby-to-be. Vacationing at a higher altitude than you're used to? Be prepared for any pregnancy shortness of breath you're already experiencing to be exacerbated. You also won't have as much stamina as you would at low altitudes, so keep these trips short. Interested in traveling abroad? Most European nations are fine, but many doctors recommend avoiding developing countries. This is partly due to a lack of good medical care and facilities, which could be a problem should you need medical attention. Also, you should be aware that up to 60 percent of travelers experience diarrhea when they travel to an exotic destination, which is a problem because diarrhea could lead to dehydration for your baby. Finally, most of the vaccines that you would require to visit Africa, South America, or other exotic destinations can enter your placenta and harm your baby. The bottom line is that it's smart to consult your doctor before planning your vacation-your baby-to-be will appreciate the forethought!More »
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It's important to stay healthy when expecting. Learn more about pregnancy fitness by watching this video.
Transcript: Just because you're expecting doesn't mean working out should go out the window. Or does it? In a normal...
Just because you're expecting doesn't mean working out should go out the window. Or does it? In a normal pregnancy, a fitness routine is not only safe-it's encouraged! Working out helps you sleep deeper and feel more energetic during the day. And exercising during your pregnancy makes it easier to bounce back to your pre-baby body after you deliver. If you exercise while you're pregnant, you need to be careful about some things. For example, you need to stay very well hydrated and you should avoid super intense workouts. Some pregnant women worry about their heart rate when they exercise, but most doctors suggest that being aware of your body temperature is more important. Don't let your temperature rise about 103 degrees, as high heat may be linked to birth defects and pre-term labor. It's also wise not to start any new exercise while you're expecting. So, if you're already a great mountain biker, you can keep riding, at least early in your pregnancy. But don't take up the sport while you're pregnant! More than anything, use your common sense and exercise cautiously. This includes getting a doctor's permission to work out and being a bit gentler now that you've got someone else on board for the ride, jog. or swim!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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Can you stick to your regular workout routine during pregnancy? Watch this video on safe pregnancy exercises to find out what's safe and what's not.
Transcript: So, you've made the commitment to continue (or start!) exercising while expecting. Here, the safest activities...
So, you've made the commitment to continue (or start!) exercising while expecting. Here, the safest activities for you-and your infant. Some of the best workouts while you're pregnant are also the simplest: brisk walking and light jogging. of these activities give you the benefits of exercise with little risk of endangering your baby by over-heating or dehydrating yourself. Many women also enjoy swimming while pregnant, another great way to stay safely in shape. Since chlorine has not been shown to pose risks to an unborn infant, it's ok for swimmers-turned-mommies to keep paddling at the pool. If you prefer a workout that's less cardiovascular in nature, most doctors agree that Pilates and yoga are great prenatal activities. Other safe activities include snorkeling in shallow water, bowling and using a stationary bike or stair stepper. Of course, some women with high risk pregnancies should avoid exercise altogether during their expectant 9-months. For this reason, it's important to talk to your doctor about your planned regimen before you start it.More »
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While exercising is important throughout your pregnancy, there comes a point when you need to switch up your routine to something less rigorous. Find out which unsafe workouts you shouldn't do while trying to stay fit in this video.
Transcript: Exercising while you're pregnant is great for you and your baby-to-be-but there are exceptions to every...
Exercising while you're pregnant is great for you and your baby-to-be-but there are exceptions to every rule! After your first trimester, It's important to understand that the only thing that sits between your baby and external forces is a thin layer of tissue. For this reason, you need to avoid any contact sports that might cause someone (or something) to run into your abdomen. So basketball, rugby, and soccer are all out. Similarly, horseback riding and skiing are no-nos, as you don't want to risk a fall. Scuba diving is another definite no-no during pregnancy, as too much water pressure puts your baby at risk for decompression sickness. In addition, certain sports may be safe for women who are already experienced in them, but are definitely not OK to begin during pregnancy. These include mountain biking, roller blading, tennis, and fast running. Newbies to exercise should leave these potentially dangerous sports to the pregnant pros and engage in safer forms of exercise, like brisk walking or yoga. And remember, no matter what your routine, check with your doctor before exercising!More »
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Prenatal yoga has become quite popular among pregnant women. Learn why and how this exercise can help you-- take a look at this informative video.
Transcript: Yoga has quickly become one of the most popular exercises for pregnant women, and it's little wonder!...
Yoga has quickly become one of the most popular exercises for pregnant women, and it's little wonder! Yoga is an ancient discipline that has a physical aspect which is great for enhancing muscle tone and improving balance. The physical practice can help you learn to breathe deeply and relax-vital skills during the labor and delivery to come! If this sounds good and you're ready to try yoga, make sure that your instructor knows you're pregnant. Or, even better, join a class designed specifically for expectant mothers. During your first trimester, there are few pregnancy-imposed restrictions on your yoga routine, as long as you are aware of your body. In later trimesters, however, your joints will be looser and you'll want to take more care with twisting and inversion poses. Also avoid any positions that require you to lie flat on your back, which will put pressure on the vein that returns blood from the legs to the heart. This can cause dizziness and shortness of breath. You should also avoid Birkram yoga, or hot yoga, which takes place in a room heated above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and can cause your body temperature to rise to unsafe levels. As with any exercise program, be smart and talk to your doctor before beginning a yoga routine.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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If you're looking into getting a tattoo or piercing during your pregnancy, you might want to wait until after your baby is born. Find out more about the risks and what precautions you should take.
Transcript: Just because youre expecting doesnt mean youve forgotten about the rebel within! So if the mood strikes,...
Just because youre expecting doesnt mean youve forgotten about the rebel within! So if the mood strikes, can you get a tattoo or a piercing during pregnancy? If youre interested in getting a tattoo, many doctors recommend that you wait until after your baby is born. An unsterilized needle poses the risk that a blood-born infection, like hepatitis or HIV, could be transmitted to your baby. Also, if you get a tattoo while you are pregnant you take a cosmetic risk as well, since your skin changes during pregnancy, and your body art could look different after delivery. So what about a piercing? If you already have a belly button ring, youll have to take it out before you deliver your baby. This is because the electric equipment used in a C-sectioneither planned or emergencycould damage the tissue which surrounds the ring. Plus, when your belly gets bigger with your baby, the skin surrounding the ring tightens. This can result in infection and irritation. For these same reasons, it is not advised to get a belly button piercing during pregnancy. Acquiring other piercings, like in your ears or on your face, is generally fine. If you really want that belly button ring though, youll have to wait until your little one arrives.More »
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