DO’S AND DON’TS DURING PREGNANCY

DO
• Sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs.
• Bend your knees (squat) to pick things up from the floor or low places.
• Use a step stool to reach high shelves.
• Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.
• Take off rings if they get too tight on your fingers.
• Sit or stand with your shoulders and back relaxed .
• When sitting, keep your feet flat on the floor.
• Be aware that your center of gravity and balance point is changing.
• Place one foot on a low step stool if you are standing for a long period of time.
• Use a desk chair that fits you comfortably and supports your lower back.
• Adjust your car seat and steering wheel to accommodate your changing shape.
• Wash your hands thoroughly when handling uncooked meat.
• Limit caffeine intake and cut out alcohol and tobacco.

DON’T
• Hold your breath while lifting or lift heavy loads. Check with your health care provider regarding exact weight limitations.
• Hunch over your desk.
• Sit for periods longer than 30 minutes without taking a stretch break.
• Sit with your knees crossed.
• Clean kitty’s litter box, or do garden work without wearing gloves.
• Strain to have a bowel movement.
• Fully immerse in a Jacuzzi or hot tub over 99 degrees Fahrenheit.
• OVEREXERT! If you become too tired or a little short of breath, LISTEN to your body and rest.

Reference: http://www.babies.sutterhealth.org/during/preg_dosdonts.html

 

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