Hazardous Activities to Avoid During Pregnancy

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Dehydration

While at work or play you should also be careful of dehydration, which can sneak up on you! Be sure to drink approximately 8 glasses of water a day. Dehydration is actually the number one cause of fatigue in pregnant women and it can also cause some pretty serious complications. During the first trimester, dehydration can result in less amniotic fluid for your baby to float around in. This can interfere with the proper development of limbs and cause deformities of the hands, feet, and legs. In the third trimester, dehydration can cause preterm labor.

If you encounter a stressful situation, try to find some distance from the stressor and think about all of your strengths. 

Saunas and Hot Tubs

Though you may be thinking that a dip in the hot tub or a quick sweat in the sauna might be just the thing to help your aching back or to sweat out some toxins, the high temperatures in both saunas and hot tubs can be extremely dangerous for your developing baby. When your body temperature rises and you begin to overheat, you put your baby at risk for spinal malformation and other health problems.

Chemicals

Chemicals such as solvents and cleaning agents are harmful to the healthy development of your baby's brain. Women employed at drycleaners, nail salons, cleaning companies, and certain laboratories should avoid overexposure to solvents and cleaning products.The expression, “everything in moderation” certainly applies here. Though it is safe to clean your home once in a while with the area well ventilated, or have your nails done, it could be potentially harmful to your baby if you are exposed to these chemicals frequently.

Flying

Most airlines have steadfast rules surrounding pregnancy and travel. Though the standard seems to be about 35-36 weeks, some airlines even prohibit women who are 25 weeks from flying. You may also need to provide a doctor's certificate in order to fly. As there are variations in different airlines' regulations, it's best to investigate the airline you are interested in flying with before you purchase a ticket. When you do fly, be sure to stretch often. Pregnant women are at risk for blood clots. Walking around the cabin and staying hydrated are great ways of preventing blood clots from forming. If you have any sort of complications with your pregnancy such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, or are at risk for premature labor, check with your healthcare provider. You may find it might be best to travel only if you absolutely have to.

Meditation is a great way to deal with stress. 

Stress

Stress has a variety of sources, such as work, family, friends, bills, or anxiety about the future. Though it can sometimes be impossible to avoid, there are healthy ways to cope with stress. We can't always control what happens in our lives, but we can have some control on how we respond to these stressful life events and how we diffuse the stress. There is new information that indicates that stress can cause our bodies to produce certain hormones that can cause preterm labor or miscarriage. When we encounter a stressful situation we can have physical, emotional, and cognitive reactions. Stress can cause our muscles to tense and increase the amount of back pain or headaches we experience, it can cause emotions ranging from anxiety to depression, and it can also cause us to have negative thoughts about ourselves or loved ones that we may not normally have.

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If you encounter a stressful situation, try to find some distance from the stressor and think about all of your strengths. Think about your past successes in stressful situations that may have at one time seemed hopeless. If that is not enough, try asking for help from family or friends, which may help to dissipate some of the stress.

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Hazardous Activities to Avoid During Pregnancy

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45 comments

  1. verochka31 says:

    great article! I exercise as long as I can up to my due date. last pregnancy I jogged to the last minute, loved it!

  2. LIZ says:

    i did run, but in the pool and helps me a lot to mantain my weight during pregnancy

  3. amelia says:

    great info although i had no idea bicycling was dangerous..

  4. gfeld says:

    They are right about dehydration. I went into labor early by one pregnancy due to dehydration. It’s really important to remember to drink.

  5. Roma Lee says:

    I always try to be as careful as possible!

  6. sheenaholman says:

    I didnt really think about the bicycling as dangerous…

  7. Marilyn says:

    Most of this was common sense.

  8. MrsPearson says:

    Great info…im going to print this

  9. Marilyn says:

    I need meditation.

  10. Kesha says:

    i need to meditate

  11. Pennier81 says:

    Common sense…lol

  12. Janice says:

    Hazardous activity, avoid them all. I do not know how someone felt like doing those things.

  13. It’s hard to avoid a lot of these since they occur in day to day life. Especially the stress. But It is good to know that in the third trimester dehydration can cause preterm labor!

  14. Shelby says:

    I’m almost 9 months pregnant and not too long ago I had to drive my fiance to work every day. Which was a 2 hour drive total everyday! My back was in pain. Needless to say I’m glad he has his license now.

  15. JamJam says:

    oh really no contact sports??? what i was really planning on playin rugby at 6 months pregnant!!!! hahahahahaha

  16. vpt says:

    It’s common sense, people!

  17. Jeanetta says:

    Great information…if only I could rid myself of stress.

  18. ErinF says:

    I use white vinegar diluted with water in a 1:1 to 1:2 ratio as an all-purpose cleaning solution. No noxious chemicals to avoid!

  19. vonney says:

    Very informative information.

  20. I am really glad I saw this article. Very helpfull info that I had no clue about.

  21. Iveth says:

    Wow good information!

  22. maretondo says:

    good information. can’t wait to get on the bicycle after prenancy.

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