Taking medications while you're pregnant can be dangerous for your baby. Getting sick while pregnant is no walk in the...
Taking medications while you're pregnant can be dangerous for your baby. Getting sick while pregnant is no walk in the park either though, as illnesses take their tole on both you and your growing baby. If you shouldn't get sick and you can't take meds during pregnancy, your best bet option is to have an ultra healthy pregnancy. What you can do to get healthy before becoming pregnant:
- Make sure you have an up-to-date vaccination record. Especially important is your rubella vaccine.
- Build resistance. Before becoming pregnant be sure to eat healthy, exercise, and get adequate rest. Follow through with these actions during your pregnancy as well.
- Make sure your family pet has all its shots and that your cat or dog has had a recent vet visit. Animals can spread illnesses and germs to their human friends, so keeping your pet healthy benefits you and your soon to be baby.
- If you're stressed, emotionally at the edge, or angry with your partner on a normal basis, seriously re-think pregnancy plans. The more fragile your emotional health, the easier it is to get really sick. Talk to a counselor or your health care provider about any issues.
- Get a flu shot.
- Stay clear of sick people. Some research shows that kids spread illness to adults more than other adults, so if you're pregnant and work with children, or already have little ones at home, avoid the kiddos when they're sick. I know that sounds horrible, but if possible, turn over sick child care to your partner.
- Follow safe food handling guidelines to avoid food-borne illness. Food poisoning can cause serious health risks to both you and your baby.
- Make your house a clean AND non-toxic house.