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Gardening and Pregnancy

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Posted August 25 2010 11:17am
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Gardening may be one of the ways you relax and, like any activity, there are some precautions to take while pregnant.

Even if you do not have a cat of your own you may be exposed to toxoplasmosis as a neighbourhood cat may have left feces in your garden. Use gardening gloves to protect your hands and wash them well with soap and water after you have worked in the garden.

Gardening gloves also help to protect you from other bacteria and from chemicals that may be present in the soil.

If you use chemicals or pesticides in your garden, these products maybe absorbed or inhaled when using them. Try to avoid exposure to these during your pregnancy. If these products must be used, have someone else apply them.

 

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Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

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Posted August 25 2010 11:18am
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Your home is your cocoon, where you feel safe and secure. However, it also contains a variety of things that can have an impact on your health and the health of your baby.

An EMF is an invisible energy field created when electricity flows through anything that conducts electricity, such as household wiring, transmission lines, appliances, TV/DVD and gameboxes, telephones and cell phones.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Place furniture where you sit or sleep a foot or two away from wall outlets.
  • Make sure the wires in your home are properly grounded.
  • Sit at least 50 cm from computer monitors and at least 1 m from the back and sides of computers, TVs and microwaves. Turn off computers, game boxes and TVs when not in use.
  • Consider limiting the use of cell phones when pregnant. (Research is not yet available on their potential impact on the developing fetus.)

 

Adapted from Hidden Exposures, Reproduction and the Environment Fact Sheets. Produced by South Riverdale Community Health Center in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, Copyright Dec 2001 with permission from South Riverdale Community Health Center.

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Headaches

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 04:15pm
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Wouldn't it be nice if you didn't get headaches during pregnancy? The truth is many pregnant women have them. In fact, about 15% of women find their headaches become worse during pregnancy. They can be caused by changes in hormonal levels, increased circulation, nasal and sinus congestion, stress, fatigue or low blood sugar.

It is important to realize that there is help available:

  • Avoid coffee, tea, chocolate, stress or bright lights that may trigger headaches.
  • Apply warm or cold cloths to the front or back of the head and neck or warm (not hot) baths.
  • Massage the scalp; this may bring some relief.
  • Eat small, well-balanced meals frequently.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Try relaxation strategies.
  • Get enough sleep and take the time to rest during the day.
  • Discuss the use of medication with your care provider or pharmacist or contact Motherisk 
  • Contact your doctor if you are experiencing a severe or intense headache.

 

How do you cope with headaches? Was there a method you used that really helped? Share your experiences with other parents by leaving a comment below! 

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Cleaning Products

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Posted August 25 2010 11:19am
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Your home is your cocoon, where you feel safe and secure. However, it also contains a variety of things that can have an impact on your health and the health of your baby.

Cleaning products include the tile cleaners, disinfectants, detergents, polishes and other substances that we use to clean our homes.

Here are some things you can do:

  • Always check the labels of cleaning products and avoid cleaners that are flammable, corrosive, chemically reactive or poisonous.
  • Use smaller amounts of commercial cleaning products.
  • Use alternative, safer commercial products, such as products labeled eco, non-toxic or safe.
  • Use creams and liquids instead of aerosols, sprays and powders to avoid inhaling tiny particles.
  • Wear rubber gloves when cleaning and ventilate this space well.
  • Make your own household cleaning products. Many books and websites have effective and safe recipes and methods for cleaning. Environmentally-safe ingredients include those listed below:
  • Baking soda: Use to clean sinks and tubs.
  • Corn starch: Cleans and deodorizes carpets and rugs.
  • Lemon juice: Cuts through grease and stains on aluminum and porcelain.
  • Pure soap: Cleans everything.
  • Table salt: A mild disinfectant and makes a gentle abrasive scouring powder.
  • Vinegar: Use with water to clean windows.
  • Washing soda: Cuts grease and disinfects. It will also increase the cleaning power of soap.

CAUTION: Borax is often recommended as an alternative cleaner, especially for diapers. However, it is poisonous and is suspected to affect male reproductive health and birth outcomes. Use as little as possible and with caution!

 

Adapted from Hidden Exposures, Reproduction and the Environment Fact Sheets. Produced by South Riverdale Community Health Center in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, Copyright Dec 2001 with permission from South Riverdale Community Health Center.

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