Herbs and medication

Certain kinds of herbs as well as medications may be harmful for your baby, and this is why before going for any kind of medication or medicine herbs during pregnancy, it is best to seek the help of your health care provider. Make sure you ask the following questions:

  • What the medicine or herb is
  • What kinds of treatments it is used for
  • Whether there are any side effects that you or your baby might face
  • What the minimal dosage is
  • The length of time for which the medication would be necessary

Safety Measures

  • Remember to be careful about drugs or herbs containing multiple ingredients, as it is highly likely that they may contain additional harmful substances

Hot tubs and saunas

Remember to avoid hot tubs and saunas which have a higher temperature than that of your body, as it may lead to over heating and affect the growth and development of your fetus.

Safety Measures

  • Avoid over heating whenever possible
  • Ask for the advice and recommendation of your obstetrician

Toxoplasmosis

This refers to a condition that is instigated by a parasite that is present in the following substances:

  • Uncooked or raw meat
  • Plant soil
  • Cat feces

This parasite may lead to brain damage in the progressing fetus in case the mother is infected during pregnancy.

Safety Measures

  • Avoid making contact with cat feces, by having someone else to alter the litter box
  • Wash the dirt off fresh produce before you eat them
  • Use gloves for gardening
  • Cook meat to medium in the least

In fact, you can go for a blood test to determine whether you have toxoplasmosis. For further information, consult your health care analyst.

Fetal solvent syndrome: a risk for a lot of birth related defects

This may be a result of being exposed to chemicals and may result in birth related defects. You must speak to your health care analyst in case you are watchful of being exposed to chemicals in your environment.

VDT or video display terminals

Computer monitors or terminals are said to affect the growth and development of the fetus, although there is no scientific evidence to support this statement.

Safety Measures

  • Make sure to decrease your exposure to video display terminals whenever possible
  • Take stretch breaks on a regular basis and try as much as possible not to look at the computer screen

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