Pregnancy Safety for You and Your Little One

Keeping yourself and your baby safe during pregnancy is a must. Here are three ways to help: 

  1. Don’t eat fish with high levels of mercury. Mercury can harm your baby’s developing brain. You should avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish.

  2. Use disposable gloves if you must change cat litter. Cat litter can cause a serious infection. This is called toxoplasmosis. Wash your hands after changing the litter. You should also wear gloves when gardening and avoideating undercooked meat to reduce your risk.

  3. Fasten your seat belt. A seat belt can feel like a hassle when you're pregnant. But it's important to position the lap strap under your belly and over your hips on your thighs. The shoulder strap should fall between your breasts and to the side of your belly. If you're driving, adjust your seat so that your breastbone is at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel.

Online Medical Reviewer: Foley, Maryann, RN, BSNTurley, Ray, BSN, MSN

Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2016

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