Early Pregnancy Lifestyle Advice-What Do Cats And Hot Tubs Have In Common
So let’s take a look at what cats and hot tubs have in common. Any cat lover will confirm that cats are therapeutic to have around, lower maintenance than dogs, lovely to stroke and relaxing to hear purring. They don’t need to be walked and are pretty self sufficient creatures, with the exception of their litter trays, which they have not yet learnt how to change for themselves unfortunately. Read on to be aware of the issue with cats and being pregnant.
1. Cats can carry a disease called toxoplasmosis
Ask your partner or someone else to change the litter tray daily. If there is no-one who can help with this task, you can do it yourself but use disposable gloves and wash your hands thoroughly. Do the same after petting cats. Many cat owners are already immune, but it is wiser not to take risks at such an important time.
2. Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms,
Although many women will get out before the temperature hits this level, long stays in hot situations like these are not recommended. Pregnant women have a higher risk of dehydration, lower blood pressure and dizziness; so best to avoid these situations. The key here is to find moderate ways to relax as well as exercise.
If you have green fingers you will need to wear gloves when gardening. Be aware that cats may have left “presents” in the soil, so make sure you wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly.
3. Cleaning products
4. Be careful of ....
5. Avoid lead exposure
6. Habits to consider
Smoking cigarettes or marihuana, drinking alcohol, taking too much caffeine and using drugs-both legal and illegal are all habits that need to be changed now if you haven’t done so already. Legal (over the counter) medication should be checked with your medical practitioner if you are pregnant, or suspect that you might be.
If you are finding it difficult to stop any of these habits, make sure you ask for help from your medical practitioner. Some women find it very easy and others don’t. Each person is different. Don’t let guilt consume you, instead act and take the first steps towards a healthier early pregnancy lifestyle.
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