New carpets can emit harmful chemicals from backing material and adhesives, dyes and fire retardants which you would be inhaling all day long.
Several new studies suggest that a common flame retardant (deca-PBDE) used in carpets and upholstery can impair a baby’s developing central nervous system and brain. PBDEs can cross t [...]
Lead (in Paints)
If you are living in an old home where the paint on the walls are chipping, peeling, or being removed you can be at a high risk of lead poisoning.
When the paint is being removed make sure that you stay away from the house during that period. Don’t return until the room has been well ventilated.
Make sure furniture in [...]
Warm the area with a hot water bottle Heartburn and Belching
A common symptom among women during pregnancy is a burning pain in the chest and upper abdomen. It is frequently accompanied by an unpleasant taste in the mouth and belching (burping).
Don’t worry. These are just indications of heartburn and it is not associated with any heart [...]
The wisest thing to do would be to buy a water filter. The filter will remove lead, chlorine, mercury and other chemicals present in the water. Your water will be absolutely safe for drinking and cooking purposes.
Lead (In Tap Water)
Some homes may have lead pipes or copper piping with lead solder that can allow lead to enter the tap water. Lead is one of the most toxic metals to children. Lead poisoning can cause premature birth, low birth weight and permanent damage to a baby’s developing nervous system. It can also affect the kidneys.
The best [...]
It was found that women exposed to high levels of hair spray during pregnancy were twice as likely to have babies born with a urinary tract defect.
They are considered outright poisons and pregnant women should stay away from them as much as possible. There is strong evidence that high levels of exposure may cause miscarriage, premature delivery and birth defects.
If you have a real problem with insects around your home then
Let someone else apply or spray the pesticides
Diabetes—Measures to-control the blood sugar level (such as diet, exercise, and insulin) should be started well before pregnancy. Uncontrolled diabetes leads to the risk of miscarriage, still birth and birth defects in the child. The risk is at least 5 times higher than other women.
Cancer—As soon as you know you have cancer you should inform your doctor so that the decisions can be made about individualised care for you during pregnancy. In certain cases it might not be advisable to continue the pregnancy. Your doctor will be the best advisor in this case.
Tips to Avoid Leg Cramps
• Avoid standing for long periods of time. If unavoidable keep shifting your legs
• Don’t sit cross-legged as it reduces blood circulation
• Stretch your calf muscles several times before you go to bed
• Rotate your ankles and wiggle your toes when you sit for long periods
• Try to keep your legs elevated when [...]