Could Your Job Be Dangerous?
Most women work at jobs that are fully compatible with a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy, but certain occupations can put a mom-to-be and her baby at risk. Talk to your doctor if your job involves any of the following:
- Toxic substances Working around certain chemicals or radioactive materials can be dangerous to a developing fetus, so you'll need to steer clear of them.
- Exposure to infection Healthcare workers, especially ones working in labs or with patients who might have contagious diseases, might have to take precautions.
- Demanding physical labor Expectant moms should avoid work involving long periods of standing or physical exertion. Your changing body puts you in higher danger of losing your balance or straining something. Heavy lifting is also risky.
- Extensive air travel Some airlines require a written okay from your doctor if you travel during your last trimester. Check with the airline or your travel agent.
Originally published in the December 2008 issue of Parents magazine.
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