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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 with your healthcare provider.
Travel
If you follow certain guidelines, travel is usually no risk to you or your baby. However, you should not plan to travel long
distances the last 4 to 6 weeks of your pregnancy. Restrict your travel earlier if you are having twins, bleeding or have
pregnancy-related high blood pressure. When you do travel a great distance, make sure you get up and walk around
at least every hour to keep your circulation moving, and reduce your chances 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. The only time it is not wise for you to bathe is when your membranes rupture
(your water breaks). If this occurs, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately or go to the hospital!
Caring for
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.