Do you have questions about what changes to make while pregnant? Here are some answers!
You should not have litter box cleaning duty during pregnancy and you should avoid hot tubs and saunas. Anything that raises your core body temperature to a fever for a prolonged period of time can be harmful to the developing fetus. Baths are safe as long as you keep it at a reasonable temperature.
Dying your hair, dental procedures, bikini waxes are safe during pregnancy. Laser hair removal, electrolysis, and spray tans have not been well-studied during pregnancy and should probably be avoided.
Cigarettes, marijuana and narcotic pain medications are all off limits in pregnancy. Loud noises like gun shots and concerts should be avoiding to protect your baby’s developing ears. There are lots of individual activities that haven’t been well-studied in pregnancy, like roller coasters, riding ATVs, mountain biking, skiing, etc, but a good rule is, if it’s possible for you to fall and land on your belly or cause significant trauma, it should be avoided.
There are plenty of activities most people CAN safely do while pregnant: run, zumba, lift weights, do yoga, hike, swim, etc. Talk to your doctor about what’s safe for you!
Here are some more key takeaways regarding pregnancy activities from the March of Dimes:
- At your first prenatal care checkup, ask your health care provider whether exercise during pregnancy is safe for you.
- Healthy pregnant women need at least 2½ hours of aerobic activity, such as walking or swimming, each week.
- Regular physical activity can help reduce your risk of pregnancy complications and ease pregnancy discomforts, such as back pain.
- Some activities, such as basketball, hot yoga, downhill skiing, horseback riding and scuba diving, aren’t safe during pregnancy.
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