4. Routines you need to Delegate
-Changing kitty litter: Toxoplasmosis is spread through soiled kitty litter, and it can cause prematurity, poor growth, and severe eye/brain damage in your unborn child.
-Lifting heavy items: The main risk to heavy lifting is to your own self. Heavy lifting can cause strain on your lower back, and since your center of balance is changing during pregnancy, heavy lifting may be more likely cause you to fall and hurt yourself.
-Avoiding toxic substances: Lead, radiation, and solvents (Chemicals that dissolve other substance like alcohols, degreasers and paint thinners.) are harmful to your baby. You might want to sit out on any duties that involve using these substances.
5. Be Mindful of your Medications
You should always always consult your doctor FIRST before taking any medications during pregnancy! Tylenol will be your best friend for the next nine months. Tylenol is the safest way to treat most common pregnancy ailments such as headaches, backaches, etc.
6. Don’t Get Dehydrated
Make sure you drink plenty of fluids (water should be your go to!), and don’t wait until your feel thirsty to drink something. Thirst is a sign that your body is on its way to dehydration. Ten cups of fluid a day is the recommended amount for a pregnant woman.
7. Alcohol & Tobacco
Just say NO! There are conflicting reports that a little bit of wine during your pregnancy is not harmful to the baby. The indisputable truth is that alcohol enters your blood stream and makes it way to your baby. Alcohol and tobacco are harmful to your baby, no matter how much or how little you use them!