Other Pregnancy Related Care Information

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  1. Flu vaccine: As pregnant women can get very sick from the flu, it is advised to have a flu vaccine [Inactivated form] during pregnancy. Talk with your medical provider about the best time to receive flu vaccine in pregnancy. A pregnant woman should NEVER receive the live influenza vaccine. All household members should also receive the flu vaccine to decrease the risk of exposure for the pregnant woman.
     

  2. Tdap vaccine [Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis]: Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap with each pregnancy to protect the newborn from Pertussis [whooping cough]. The ideal time to receive the vaccine is between 27 to 36 weeks of pregnancy. You will be offered and encouraged to receive the Tdap vaccine at your 26-28 week visit. If you do not have the vaccine during pregnancy, you will receive it after delivery while you are in the hospital. All other household members should also receive the Tdap prior to the baby’s arrival to decrease the risk of exposure for the newborn.
     

  3. Other vaccines/immunizations: Before receiving any vaccinations or immunizations during your pregnancy, you should always consult with your Obstetrical provider as to the safety of the vaccine during pregnancy. Measles and chicken pox vaccinations should not be given during pregnancy.
     

  4. Hot tubs and saunas: Pregnant women should avoid hot tubs, saunas, and very hot tub baths. The water temperature should be less than 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Limit your time to 10 minutes for tub baths. High temperatures can cause raise the mother’s blood pressure causing harm to the developing baby.
     

  5. Dental care: It is safe and recommended for a pregnant woman to maintain good health during pregnancy. Our office can provide a dental care statement as guidance for your dentist in providing dental care during your pregnancy. When having dental x-rays, your abdomen should always be shielded.
     

  6. Hair coloring and permanents: Hair treatments are acceptable during pregnancy, but they may not take as well as when non-pregnant. It is recommended that you wait until after the first 13 weeks of pregnancy before having hair treatments.
     

  7. Exposures to infections: Pregnant women should avoid contact with cat litter or nesting material, urine, or droppings of rodents [household pests and pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs]. These animals can carry viruses in their urine and feces that can be very harmful to the developing baby.
     

  8. Exposure to toxic substances: Toxic substances such as chemicals, cleaning solvents, lead, mercury, some insecticide, and paints [including paint fumes] can be harmful during pregnancy. A pregnant woman should avoid exposure to these substances. If you are concerned about exposure to substances in your workplace, contact your Safety Officer regarding the safety of these substances during pregnancy.
     

  9. Exposure to x-rays & diagnostic tests: Always tell your medical provider that you are pregnant so that the appropriate safety precautions may be used. If you work in a field where you may be exposed to x-rays, please talk to your Employee Health or Safety Officer regarding specific precautions you should observe in your workplace. Unshielded x-ray exposure may affect your baby’s growth or cause birth defects.