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:
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.
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.
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
© 2000-2019 The StayWell Company, LLC. 800 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
- 5 Pregnancy Myths
- Avoid Getting Stuck with Constipation
- Be Wary of These Three Items
- Bleeding During Early Pregnancy
- Ease Nausea with Natural Remedies
- Ease the Aches of Pregnancy with Exercise
- For the Sake of Your Baby, Skip the Alcohol
- For Twins or More: What to Consider in Your Third Trimester
- Gentle Approach Can Beat Pregnancy-Related Hair Loss
- Having Multiples? Take Extra Care in the First Trimester
- Healthy Habits Are Extra Important During Pregnancy
- How are Low Birthweight and Smoking Related?
- How to Avoid Heartburn During Pregnancy
- How to Handle Dizziness During Pregnancy
- How to Keep Gestational Diabetes at Bay
- Keeping Up with the 9-to-5
- Lifting the Burden of Pregnancy Depression
- Manage Issues in the Workplace
- Managing Gestational Diabetes
- Managing Your Diabetes During Pregnancy
- Medicine and Pregnancy Don't Always Mix
- Pregnancy and Oral Health
- Pregnancy and Skin Changes
- Pregnancy: Common Questions
- Pregnancy Rhinitis: Relief for Ongoing Nasal Congestion Is Possible
- Pregnant? Why You Should Know About Lead
- Safe Sleep During Pregnancy
- Steps to Reduce the Pressure on Your Legs
- Take Precautions When You Travel
- Take to the Water for Exercise
- What Dad Can Expect When You’re Expecting