WOMAN 2 WOMAN : Ahead of the Pregnancy (P-Z Safety Tips) : Part 2

P•   Physical activity during pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby by lessening discomfort and fatigue, providing a sense of well-being, and increasing the likelihood of early recovery after delivery.

P•   Physical activity during pregnancy can benefit both you and your baby by lessening discomfort and fatigue, providing a sense of well-being, and increasing the likelihood of early recovery after delivery.

Light to moderate exercise during pregnancy strengthens the abdominal and back muscles, which help to improve posture.  Practicing yoga, walking, swimming, and cycling on a stationary bicycle are usually safe exercises for pregnant women.

But always check with your doctor before beginning any kind of exercise, especially during pregnancy

Q•   Queasiness, stomach upset and morning sickness are common during pregnancy.  Foods that you normally love may make you feel sick to your stomach.  You may need to substitute other nutritious foods.  Eating five or six small meals a day instead of three large ones may make you feel better. 

R•   Rodents (Pets /animals) may carry lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV). If a pregnant woman is infected with LCMV, it can pass to the unborn baby and cause severe abnormalities or loss of the pregnancy.

Avoid all contact with rodents, including pet hamsters and guinea pigs, and with their urine, droppings and nesting materials throughout pregnancy.

Mice in the home should be removed promptly by a professional pest control company or another member of the household.

Pet rodents should be housed in a separate part of the house where other household members or friends can care for the pet and clean its cage.

S•   Saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms should be avoided while you are pregnant.  Excessive high heat may be harmful during your pregnancy.

T•   Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite that can seriously harm an unborn baby.  Avoid eating undercooked meat and handling cat litter, and be sure to wear gloves when gardening. 

U   Uterus size increases during the first trimester, which, along with more efficient functioning of your kidneys, may cause you to feel the need to urinate more often. 

You may also leak urine when sneezing, coughing or laughing.  This is due to the growing uterus pressing against your bladder, which lies directly in front of and slightly under the uterus during the first few months of pregnancy. 

If you experience burning along with frequency of urination, be sure to tell your doctor.

V    Vaccinations are an important concern for pregnant women.  Get needed vaccines before pregnancy.  CDC has clear guidelines for the use of vaccines during pregnancy.   Review the list and be sure to discuss with your doctor.

W   Being overweight or underweight during pregnancy may cause problems. 

Try to get within 15 pounds of your ideal weight before pregnancy.  Remember, pregnancy is not a time to be dieting!  Do not stop eating or start skipping meals as your weight increases. 

Both you and your baby need the calories and nutrition you receive from a healthy diet.  Be sure to consult with your doctor about your diet.

X   Avoid X rays.  If you must have dental work or diagnostic tests, tell your dentist or physician that you are pregnant so that extra care can be taken.

Y•   Your baby loves you, and you should show your baby that you love her, too.  Give your baby a healthy environment to live in while you are pregnant.

Infants and children require constant care and guidance.  Their health and safety should be carefully watched at all times.

Z•   Get your ZZZZZZZZZ’s...Be sure to get plenty of rest... Resting on your side as often as possible, especially on your left side is advised, as it provides the best circulation to your baby and helps reduce swelling.  

Disclaimer: 

Please consult your doctor on any and all issues regarding your pregnancy.  Although these may be good general pregnancy tips, every pregnancy is different, and each deserves the attention of a doctor or health care provider. 

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