(why you should NOT get a tattoo during pregnancy!)
Tattoo needles are sharp and can cause a shock, and more so during pregnancy as your skin can be sensitive. Unusually stressful events during pregnancy may result in premature labour. We don’t know whether having a tattoo would cause this level of stress, but it’s best to play safe.
The tattoo ink may be partly absorbed into your body. We don’t know enough about the effects the ink may have on an unborn baby.
It therefore seems sensible to wait until after your baby is born to have a tattoo.
Avoid raw, unpasteurized cheeses and meats: Heat deli meat to 145 degrees before eating.
Certain types of fish: Avoid fish high in mercury — shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish, Limit other fish and shellfish to 12 ounces a week. Read more.
Junk food and fast food: As your stomach size decreases during pregnancy, junk food takes up room and prevents you from eating the foods you really need for your and your baby’s health.
Extra vitamin supplements: Too high a dosage of fat soluble vitamins can be dangerous. Talk with your provider if you are taking
Smoking and second hand smoke: If you smoke, get help trying to stop. Secondhand smoke is also dangerous for you and your baby. Ask others to smoke outside.
Personal care products: Reduce how much you use and to choose the safest products — ones with fewer ingredients or the USDA Certified Organic Seal.
Paint fumes: Look for low VOC paints when decorating your nursery. Or have your partner or a friend paint for you.
Garden and lawn: Watch labels on products and try to avoid contact with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Household cleansers: Basic ingredients like baking soda and vinegar can tackle most household chores. Avoid products that say poison, warning, or danger and products with unidentified “fragrance.”
Alcohol: Alcohol can have a variety of negative effects on your developing baby. The bottom line is researchers have never been able to establish what is a “safe” amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy.
Illegal drugs: The use of street drugs during pregnancy is associated with developmental impairment for the baby and pregnancy complications for the mom.
Use prescription or over-the-counter drugs with caution: Drugs that are safe to take when not pregnant can cause devastating effects to your baby. Talk with your midwife or doctor before using OTC drugs.
Reptiles: Lizards, iguanas, turtles, or snakes may transfer salmonella bacteria through their feces. Use gloves and wash well after handling.
Cat litter: Let your partner handle it or wear disposable gloves to lower the risk of toxoplasmosis.
Avoid Tick Bites: Tick bites open you to the risk of lyme disease. Proper clothing and a “tick check” after hiking reduce risk.
Your baby doesn’t have the ability to sweat and cool down in the womb. Higher temps can raise the baby’s temp to dangerous levels. Try to keep your temp below 101°F.
Sauna and Hot Tubs: Hot tubs and hot baths have a tendency to raise your body temperature.
Check your core temperature during workouts every 20 minutes using a rectal thermometer. You might not feel hot, but remember your baby can’t cool down by sweating. Slow down or rest if your temperature reaches 101°F.
Hot weather: Drink plenty of water and plan work early in the day during extreme temperatures.
Watch Out for Stress
Try to avoid major upheavals like moving or changing jobs while you’re pregnant. If stress creeps into your life, minimize it with these relaxation tips. Video Rating: / 5
www.artsina.com Holidays Stress Free During Your Pregnancy Holidays can already be a stressful time, and mix that with pregnancy and hormones and you can be asking for trouble. Mark the Dates Go out and buy yourself a calendar for the holidays. Post it up on the wall and start marking dates. Choosing Your Activities During the holiday season you are sure to be invited to a couple of parties. Whether you want to stay home for the holidays with your own family or go across country to be with the entire family the decision should be yours. Designating Jobs If you’ve decided to have the holidays at your house you can still have a good time. Don’t forget that asking for help is okay. Shopping Time Shopping during the holiday season can be a nightmare that you don’t need to attempt while pregnant. You can even do all your holiday shopping early and have it delivered right to your front door. Remember the holiday season is all about making memories that’ll last. You may be pregnant but you don’t have to sit at home the whole time stressed out, instead you can actually enjoy yourself with these helpful tips. www.artsina.com