Staying indoors most of the time helps plus-size moms-to-be avoid exposure to many harmful things. However, there are various risks within the house that you should also avoid.
1. Taking Long, Hot Baths
It’s not bad taking a warm bath, but if it is long and very hot, you must avoid it. Such a bath can raise your core temperature beyond 102°F (38.9°C). If such a high temperature is sustained longer than 10 minutes, there is a real danger of harm to your unborn baby. In fact, such high temperatures have the potential of causing neural tube defects or miscarriage if the exposure happens within the first trimester.
Other activities that can cause over-heating in your body include:
– using saunas and hot tubs
– Sleeping in electric blankets and heating pads
– High fever
– Over-exercising or even getting too much exposure to heat outside the house
You can easily tell when your body is getting overheated. Only ensure not to ignore the cues from your body for the safety of your unborn baby.
2. Spraying Bugs
Nearly everybody hates bugs which we readily kill off using insecticides, pesticides and repellants. However, pregnant women should avoid doing this, particularly with repellant applied on the skin. Such chemicals are clearly poisonous, hence have the potential of harming both you and your baby. Being exposed to these chemicals in high concentrations can lead to miscarriages, premature delivery and even birth defects. Although the chemical concentrations used in occasionally killing bugs within the home is minimal, it is advisable to avoid it simply as a precaution.
Fortunately, there are many options for dealing with pesky bugs in your house. You can opt for safe methods using boric acid, which can be bought at the hardware store. Alternatively, get someone else to apply the pesticides or insecticides, while you stay away from the area that is being treated. Also make sure that no residues of such chemicals fall on utensils or food items.
3. Changing a Cat Litter Box
You may love kitty so much, but this is not the time to pamper and clean after your little pet. Having a baby bump effectively rules you out of the task of cleaning the litter box. Changing such a soiled cat litter box can give you a serious infection termed toxoplasmosis.
This infection can lead to serious problems in your unborn baby including premature delivery, poor growth, as well as severe brain and eye damage. Once you are infected with toxoplasmosis, you may show no visible signs of infection, but your baby will still be affected.
Although you would not personally change the cat litter box, it must be regularly cleaned by someone else. Whoever does the cleaning must also thoroughly clean up afterwards to avoid passing any contaminants to you. If no one is available to do the cleaning, you might have to stay without your adorable cat for the time of your pregnancy.
You may have to avoid other normal activities in the house just to ensure the safety and well-being of your unborn baby. This includes strenuous and physically demanding chores which can cause a strain on your body.
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