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Biological Hazards

by Maxine
Posted August 10 2010 02:32pm
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Here are some precautions a pregnant couple can take when dealing with biological hazards.

Here are some precautions a pregnant couple can take when dealing with biological hazards:

  • Talk with your healthcare provider if either of you think you may have been exposed to a biological hazard.
  • Wear special protection such as gloves and masks when contact with biological hazards is required.
  • Use good hand washing techniques before preparing food or after any contact with body secretions.
  • Talk to your doctor or midwife about tests that can screen for specific infections during pregnancy.
  • To avoid toxoplasmosis—a disease that is devastating to developing babies—and can result from exposure to raw meat or cat feces, women in industries such as meat packing, butcher shops, restaurants, green houses, florists and other similar types should take every precaution.

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What Can I Expect in the First Trimester?

by Guest
Posted August 1 2010 03:17pm

In the first trimester, you can expect some or all of the following...

 

 

Also see What can i expect in the second trimester and What can I expect in the third trimester.  

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I've Developed Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy, What Can I Do For Relief?

by Guest
Posted August 9 2010 03:14pm
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Hemorrhoids are caused by pressure and congestion in the tissues of the rectum. This pressure interferes with the blood's normal circulation.

Note: Hemorrhoids can be worsened by constipation.
Here are our recommendations for relief:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Do Kegel exercises.
  • Do not lie flat on your back.
  • During the day, sit and prop your legs up, or lay down and prop your legs up.
  • Avoid constipation.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long periods.
  • Sleep on your left side with your right leg supported by a pillow.
  • Try a sitz bath—sitting in a special basin of warm water.
  • Discuss with your care provider the use of medications or witch hazel pads that you can buy at a pharmacy.

Contact your care provider if you experience bright red, painless bleeding.

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Chemical Hazards

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Posted August 10 2010 02:33pm
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Here are some precautions you can take:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about the chemicals used at work. Pregnant women who have had exposures to organic solvents or lead may require special medical care, especially if they have engaged in strenuous work and are otherwise at risk for preterm delivery.
  • Follow the recommended guidelines, and understand your rights, under the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS).
  • Study Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) in your workplace to identify specific exposures. Look for short and long term impacts on reproductive health and request additional information if the MSDS sheets do not answer specific questions.
  • If you have any concerns about chemical hazards at your work, talk to an occupational health practitioner or your Health and Safety Representative.
  • Discuss with your supervisor or Health and Safety Representative the possibility of making adjustments to your work environment. For example, change your work location, open a window or move equipment—such as a photocopier—to a room with appropriate ventilation.
  • Where applicable, use gloves and/or appropriate protective equipment.
  • Because it is difficult to keep track of all the chemical exposures you may have at work, it should become second nature to always follow good hygiene procedures, such as washing hands before eating

 

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