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28 – Great Expectations

Work

You will probably be physically able to work during your entire pregnancy, but you should take some precautions. Do not continue in a job that exposes you to chemicals or radiation that may be harmful to your baby. Some physical activities may become impossible because of changes in your body structure. Try to arrange for short rest periods when you can sit and put your feet up.

Some workplaces may have a break room where you can sit or lie down for a few minutes, 3 or 4 times a day.

If you have complications, it is unwise to con­tinue certain jobs, especially in the latter stages of your pregnancy. Teachers, childcare providers and healthcare workers are at risk because of exposure to harmful viruses. You may expose yourself to harmful agents in some occupations such as farming and factory work along with those in the printing, dry cleaning, craft and electronics industries. Exposure to toxic agents does not necessarily mean that you have been exposed to harmful levels. Safety measures can greatly reduce your risk of harmful exposure. Discuss your job situation your healthcare provider.

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for a blood clot. If you experience any complications with your pregnancy, it may be best not to travel at all, especially far away from home. A copy of your medical record to carry with you may prove helpful. You may also need a note from your healthcare provider if you plan to travel by plane. Foreign travel has special requirements and considerations and should be discussed in detail before arrangements are made. If any problems arise during the trip, go to the nearest medical facility immediately.

Hint: If an emergency arises and you must travel during the last 4 to 6 weeks of your pregnancy, ask your healthcare provider for advice.

Baths

Some women wonder if it is safe to bathe while they are pregnant, especially during the last months. It is! The only danger to you is not being able to get out of the tub. So, in the last couple of months, you should bathe while someone’s around to help you in and out of the tub. This will minimize your chance of falling at a time when you are not as likely to be able to catch yourself.

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Yourself In order to make the most of your

expectations and grow a beautiful, healthy baby, you need to take special care of yourself. The following

are some guidelines.

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