Pregnancy: Safe or Not
When you're pregnant, there are a whole new set of health guidelines to follow. Find out what is safe to do and what isn't.
What's safe at the spa when pregnant?
All pregnant mamas deserve to be pampered, but follow these guidelines for the most safe options.
particularly on the legs, which use strong pressure and could dislodge a blood clot or cause your blood pressure to rise. Speak to your doctor first if you have a high risk pregnancy, high blood pressure or if you experience sudden swelling after a treatment. Next question. Is it safe to get a gel manicure? [SOUND] These long lasting polishes often contain potentially toxic chemicals. Plus, the UV rays used to set the gel could lead to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles. Not to mention cancerous cells on your hands. Instead, opt for a regular 3 or 5 free polish and dry your nails under a fan with the
What drinks are safe when pregnant?
Put down that Red Bull! It's important to be aware of which non-alcoholic drinks you should avoid while pregnant.
another option. The key energy booster in these drinks Caffeine can spike blood pressure levels, and decrease blood flow to your baby when you overdo it. To play it safe, switch to a 12 oz cup of coffee, which contains less than 200 milligrams of caffeine. The recommended daily maximum for pregnant women . Second question is it safe to drink diet soda? [MUSIC] Yes, but limited to one or two a day. And again, keep
What electronic devices are safe when pregnant?
Not sure which electronic devices are safe to use while pregnant? Take this video-quiz to find out everything you need to know!
Do you know what electronic devices are safe during pregnancy? Take our quiz and find out. First question, is it safe to use a cell phone ? [SOUND] The verdict is still out on whether radiation from your cell phone could harm you or your baby. Use it in moderation. Try using a landline when possible, and only use your cell when
What extreme exercises are safe when pregnant?
Staying fit during pregnancy is important, but so is being safe! Here's all the information you need to know about participating in marathons, high-intensity interval workouts, and obstacle races while expecting.
race? Hold off on obstacle races no matter how fit you are. Electrical shocks , army crawls, and polar plunges are not what the doctor ordered. Any type of physical activity that ups your risk of incurring a hard hit to the belly Or puts you at risk for falling is a definite
What's safe during sex when pregnant?
Your sex life doesn't have to be put on hold just because you're expecting. Our quiz will give you all the information you need!
vibrators are safe to use during a healthy, low risk pregnancy. Your amniotic fluid and the strong muscles of your uterus protect your baby from feeling anything. Just make sure you keep your vibrator clean by washing the surface with warm water and a gentle soap after every use. Next question. Is it safe to use lube? [MUSIC] Dryness is usually not an issue during pregnancy since pregnancy hormones can cause Cause extra vaginal discharge and if you are finding that you need a lubricant, try a water based product. This comes with less risk of irritation or infection than silicone or ice based ones. Steer clear of products that contain glycerin, Parabens or fragrances. Which can be irritating. And avoid any flavored lubricants, especially if they contain sugar. Since this can lead to a yeast infection. [MUSIC] Is it safe to have oral sex ? [SOUND] This is a go during pregnancy. And that many women find oral stimulation to be a nice alternative if sex feels clumsy and uncomfortable. Just avoid it if your partner has a cold sore or symptoms of herpes simplex virus. This virus could be transmitted to you, and cause pregnancy complications or serious birth defects to your unborn baby. [MUSIC] Ready for another pregnancy quiz? Check out parents.com/safefornot.
What's safe when you're driving and pregnant?
Do you know what's safe in your car when you're pregnant? Take our quiz. First question, is it safe to wear a seatbelt? Always wear a seatbelt whether you're the driver or the passenger. Make sure the lap strap goes under your belly. [MUSIC] Across your hips, and as high as possible on your thighs. Place the shoulder strap between your breasts and off to the side of your stomach instead of directly across your stomach. Second question, is it safe to have airbags? [SOUND] Don't turn off your car's airbags since they also protect you and your baby from injury and death. Instead, tilt your seat away from the dashboard, and move it as far back as you can. Finally, is it safe to drive? Yes, it's safe to drive, but be cautious. This sounds like obvious advice, but a recent study found that women are more likely to have serious car crashes when they're pregnant, especially during the second trimester. Scientists aren't sure why, but they think it could be something to do with fatigue-causing hormones. So be safe and buckle up. [MUSIC] Ready for another pregnancy quiz? Check out parents.com/safeornot. [BLANK_AUDIO]
your hips, and as high as possible on your thighs. Place the shoulder strap between your breasts and off to the side of your stomach instead of directly across your stomach. Second question, is it safe
What winter activities are safe when pregnant?
Be aware: Winter activites, like skiing and ice skating, are dangerous while pregnant.
[MUSIC] When you're pregnant, is it safe to snowboard, ice skate , or shovel snow? Take our quiz to find out. First, is it safe to ski or snowboard? [BLANK_AUDIO] [NOISE] If you're an avid skier or snowboarder, You may have to avoid the slopes this year. The real risk comes in falling, which isn't so bad in the first trimester, but after 20 weeks it could cause premature labor. Next, is it safe to ice skate ? [SOUND] It's also a no-go for this winter sport , which comes with a similar risk of falling. Relaxin, the hormone that softens the ligaments in your pelvis to make room for
What's safe when you're on vacation and pregnant?
Planning to take a babymoon? Here's everything you need to know about going on vacation while you're pregnant.
Sewage, waste, bacteria, and germs can contaminate oceans, lakes, and rivers. Swallowing tainted water could potentially lead to e-coli Or other gastrointestinal illnesses that cause diarrhea and put your pregnancy at risk. Also, check out the Natural Recourses Defense Council's testing the water site, to find out if there are any contamination or health advisories on your beach. Finally, is it safe to use sunscreen? [NOISE] While you're away remember to protect your skin. Tanning isn't safe for anyone pregnant or not. But during pregnancy skin is more prone to burning and chloasma, dark splotches on the face. You're also more likely to develop a heat rash and blocked pores. Steer clear of chemical sunscreens and go for physical blockers with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the main ingredient. Apply often, at least every two hours, and after swimming or sweating heavily. [MUSIC] Ready
What seafood is safe when pregnant?
Seafood can be beneficial to you and your baby, but some kinds (like canned tuna) should be eaten in moderation!
can cause brain damage and hearing and vision problems. The FDA recommends pregnant women eat 2 -3 servings of fish a week. To be safe, stick to choices like shrimp, Clams and mussels, which are all low in mercury. Next, is it safe to eat canned tuna? The FDA advises pregnant and nursing women to limit their tuna consumption to six ounces a week, that's about one meal. Canned light tuna is generally considered safe. [MUSIC] But some testing has shown that mercury levels can vary from can to can. The tuna you want to avoid is albacore and tuna steak , which have been found to be higher in mercury content. Finally, is it safe to eat salmon? [BLANK_AUDIO] Salmon is a great
Is it safe to wear this when pregnant?
Hoping to stay as stylish as ever during your pregnancy? Here are some tips about what is safe to wear while pregnant.
it safe to wear shapewear? Form-fitting pieces like Spanx or your favorite skinny jeans are fine to wear during pregnancy. Not only do they help hold things in place, but they also provide additional comfort and support. Just make sure you're wearing the appropriate size for your expanding body. [MUSIC] Next question. Is it safe to wear high heels? [MUSIC] [SOUND] Sadly, when it comes to your favorite pair of pumps, you'll have to proceed with caution. [MUSIC] Stilettos might not cause trouble early on, but once your third trimester arrives, heels may be uncomfortable and potentially dangerous . Also, your center of gravity will be off kilter so you may find it increasingly difficult to balance. So choose shoes that