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We're all aware of the health risks of drinking alcohol or smoking during pg (esp during the critical 1st trim stage).<br><br>
I'm wondering if other moms or moms-to-be are concerned about radiation exposure during air travel...esp on a cross-country or overseas flight. Do you have concerns about exposing your developing fetus to ultrasounds? Do you avoid gardening, tunafish, cleaning the cat litter box, cleaning w/conventional products, painting...<br><br>
What other things do you adamantly avoid during the 1st trimester and possibly beyond?<br><br>
Just curious about what other women are doing/avoiding to protect their babies.<br><br>
Thanks for your input! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I didn't know planes had radiation! I flew from Oregon to Alaska in the 1st trimester, and cross country in the early 2nd. All I can say is, dd seems fine!<br><br>
I didn't find out I was pg until 6 weeks, so I abruptly quit smoking. (Still haven't smoked for 2.5 years, my longest quit time ever!) I don't drink alcohol at all, but if I did I would quit. I was also taking antidepressants and OTC weight loss pills, which I quit...let's see, what else? No x-rays in the 1st trimester, but I had some in the third. I quit coffee for the whole pregnancy; I know some people say you can have as much as 3 cups a day but I have always had a problem with not drinking enough water, so to be on the safe side I don't do coffee, since it dehydrates.<br><br>
I did take pain meds (Vicodin and OTC) in the 2nd trimester, antibiotics the whole way through, and sometimes I took OTC sleeping pills like Tylenol PM.<br><br>
I stayed out of hot tubs but I still went to tanning beds. I didn't use haircolor kits, but I did use Sun-In. I didn't have any pets, but now I have gerbils and chickens and don't plan on getting rid of them; I'll just assign cleaning tasks to dh!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I used heating pads, sometimes on or near the belly. I did get 2 ultrasounds and also let them use the doppler and EFM, but that was before I knew of the dangers so this time I would not. (Still unsure about the u/s, since I want to make sure the fetus would have all its vital organs, but will talk to a midwife about it.)<br><br>
I didn't eat any fish, but that was before I discovered how good salmon is. I hear it's actually good for you during pregnancy. Gardening? I have never gardened in my life; is it dangerous? I also did not exercise but that was because I was too lazy and it also hurt; this time I plan to get some each day.<br><br>
I did not paint or do anything else that had fumes. What I also gave up was bacon, not that I needed much convincing! Dh was worried about nitrates. He also didn't want me to swim in the polluted river. I asked a nurse about it and she just said "Why would you want to swim in such cold water?" I also did not drink diet soda.<br><br>
I know this won't apply to many, but the nurse also told me not to shoot guns because of the vibration.<br><br>
Oh yeah, and I had sex every day! Apparently no danger there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I stopped bleaching my hair and the only meds I had in the first trimester was some benadryl a couple of times for a really bad itchy rash I had--then discovered I could kill the itch with hot water so stopped that. I took an F in organic chemistry rather than attend the lab for it--couldn't drop it or I'd have lost my GI Bill.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about flying. Yes, you're at a higher elevation and therefore closer to cosmic and solar radiation, but the same is true if you live in Denver vs. San Diego, kwim?<br><br>
I've only had one U/S, but my care providers use the doppler and EFM (since I'm overdue I'm now enjoying a NST every four days...better than submitting to induction straight off anyway).<br><br>
I think I took a couple of tylenol for a headache in the 2nd trimester, but I've actually been healthier this pregnancy than I usually am. Only had one cold, and treated it with homeopathy.<br><br>
I limit my caffiene intake to a couple of cups of coffee a week. I've had literally a sip of alcohol to see what a drink tastes like a couple of times, and refused to give up sushi...just cautious depending on where it came from. Fresh made in a restaurant I know well, no worries. From the grocery store, only if it's made w/ cooked fish (shrimp for example). All fish in moderation, the larger ones like Tuna have mercury concerns, and depending on where the salmon comes from it could be PCBs, and in some areas the salmon farms are having pollution issues...
 

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Lets see, my list of sins here.<br><br>
With all three pregnancies I have consumed a diet pop (or more) a day. It's my vice and really hard to give up.<br><br>
I painted during both of my pregnancies, both inside and outside. When inside I made sure I could open the windows. Now, that I look back, all the painting I've done in this house has been while pregnant.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: What's up with that?<br><br>
I still garden, wearing gloves will protect from coming in contact with cat feces or the like.<br><br>
I eat junk food.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
I am awful about remembering to take that darned prenatal vitamin.<br><br>
I take tylenol when I get a headache I can't get rid of. Especially during that fourth month when I'm prone to them. I have two active boys and can't lay on the couch with my eyes closed. I also take occasional sudafed for bad sinuses.<br><br>
With this and my last pregnancy I have taken unisom in the first 15 weeks or so so I can sleep. I have sleep issues that are made worse that first trimester. If I don't get sleep I feel awful. However I just found out that the Unisom could be causing that darned peeing thing (meaning that in the middle of the night I wake to pee and the pee doesn't want to come out. It's a real bummer.) I switched to benadryl last night (I have no idea how to spell that.)<br><br>
I was so horridly nauseated with my first two pregnancies that I was put on anti nausea meds to keep me out of the hospital.<br><br>
I had two u/s with both kids, and have had one already with this one. They use the doppler at the drs office. By the time I get to the hospital to deliver, they barely have time to hook the monitors up so EFM is a minimum.<br><br>
I wish I could be a purist and do everything right, but sometimes life gets in the way.
 

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I was in my mid 20's when I got pregnant with dd numerous negative pg tests convinced me I wasn't pregnant and I imbibed a decent amount of alcohol on some occasions, hung out in smoky night clubs, downed quite a few rolaids from heartburn that couldn't have been caused by pregnancy and my hair was bleached blonde then. Needless to say I didn't drink or hang out in clubs once I knew I was pg. I flew to europe in my 6th month though. Didn't take prenatals at all in the first trimester since I didn't know I was pg. I ate plenty of junk food also and suffered from bad "morning sickness" that lasted all day in the second trimester.<br><br>
My Dr was very reassuring about not worrying about what was already done. I have a beautiful, healthy, intelligent 13 year old daughter. I agree, life happens.
 

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I was a flight attendant and flew during both of my previous pregnancies. I wouldn't worry about flying a few hours once or twice (I averaged 80 hours a month airtime). Both my kids are wonderful.<br><br>
I abstain from coffee, tuna, artificial sweeteners, smoking, illegal drugs, as many environmental hazards as I can and eat purely organic food. I do however, enjoy a glass of cabernet with dinner here and there.
 

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I flew 3 times to Mexico and 1 to Spain during my 1rst trimester, with no problem at all.<br>
I avoided all diet products, also pork meat, potato chips and any variety of it, and any hardly quemical saturated food that I knew about (probably I missed thousands of it but I did my best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
. Avoided alcohol (but before knowing I was pg I had some and also smoked), completly disregarded any alophatic medicine. We didn't use any sprays around and dh cleaned the litter box... What else? Tried to avoid sodas, also very salty food, hot tubs, and stress... last one with out so much luck.
 

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:LOL It's *because* of the air travel I ended up pregnant...twice!<br><br>
Both of my pregnancies I conceived in South Africa during visits back to visit DH's family. The first I didn't know until about 5 weeks along--just thought I was tired and crabby because of jet leg. The second time (this May) we found out while we were there. Now, we're talking 17-18 hour flights to/from South Africa and the USA...whew!<br><br>
With my first, I didn't give up smoking for a couple of weeks but I had already cut way back to 3-4 a day, which was another indication I was pregnant but didn't realize it. Finally stopped around week 7 and haven't started back...nearly three years! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have a couple of Tab diet sodas a week. Practically never remember to take my prenatals. Pick up stuff I prolly shouldn't. Mow the lawn (this freaks out my mother). Although I eat rather healthfully, it isn't 100% perfect.<br><br>
I built a privacy fence around our backyard during DD's pregnancy (yup, that arsenic-soaked wood) but kept a mask on most of the time. Painted during both pregnancies (just eyeballed another room and picked out paint last night). Gardening? Hehe....I did just accomplish my semi-annual weeding project but wore gloves (hate blisters).
 

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I have a couple of Tab diet sodas a week. Practically never remember to take my prenatals. Pick up stuff I prolly shouldn't. Mow the lawn (this freaks out my mother). Although I eat rather healthfully, it isn't 100% perfect.<br><br>
I built a privacy fence around our backyard during DD's pregnancy (yup, that arsenic-soaked wood) but kept a mask on most of the time. Painted during both pregnancies (just eyeballed another room and picked out paint last night). Gardening? Hehe....I did just accomplish my semi-annual weeding project but wore gloves (hate blisters).</b></td>
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I enjoyed reading your post! It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who doesn't have perfect pregnancy "habits!"
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by cicerosum</i><br><b>I was a flight attendant and flew during both of my previous pregnancies. I wouldn't worry about flying a few hours once or twice (I averaged 80 hours a month airtime). Both my kids are wonderful.</b></td>
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Well that's reassuring (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Hi Louise) because I've been worried about the same thing. I read about this "hazard" in a book (I'll edit to include the title / exact quote later).<br><br>
I'm TTC now and in late November we are flying to see family for Thanksgiving, then a week later to Hawaii <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> so I'm tempted to cancel these if I am pregnant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> So we shall see...<br><br>
Hell yeah, I avoid Tuna, Swordfish... I only buy Organic foods. I also stopped treating myself to <b>pedicures</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bawling.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bawl"> because of the chemicals leaching into my body. I'd like to avoid any unnecessary toxins, especially during my childbearing years.<br><br>
Yes, I am concerned about <b>ultrasounds</b>... not sure what I'm going to do about that yet. I also heard that <b>pumping your own gas</b> is one of the worst things you can do while pg, and some people actually have their partners do it. Surprisingly, I'm not that worried about it.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T I just read something interesting about avoiding sex during pregnancy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I'm intrigued. Though I highly doubt my DH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hat"> would ever go for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: Apparently, it's a Chinese practice.<br><br>
I've been meaning to start a discussion thread about it.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2Ftg%2Fdetail%2F-%2F1556434308%2Fqid%3D1064454958%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fref%3Dsr_8_1%2F102-2798580-1468907%3Fv%3Dglance%26s%3Dbooks%26n%3D507846" target="_blank">Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition</a> page 300
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Never heard before that avoiding sex during pregnancy was good for the baby; my dh and I practically avoided it because I was so sick and in bed rest so I would love to know more about it. Finally something good came from it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> Do you know any books that I can read about it?
 

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I know this won't apply to many, but the nurse also told me not to shoot guns because of the vibration.</b></td>
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I've heard that lead can be a problem too if you do it frequently, but I don't know how much lead is in ammunition. I knew a pregnant woman whose husband worked at a gun range and he had to cut back on some of his duties during her pregnancy. My husband wanted me to go shooting with him, but I was afraid of the loud noises and the effect on the baby's ears. I know its muffled, but I'm not sure how muffled.
 

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Well, now that I know about listeria risks, I've tried to avoid deli turkey and other deli meats. Or I eat them, but heat them up first. Also the other foods that can be a risk once I heard they are a risk like soft serve yogurt, unpasteurized cheeses, moldy cheeses, raw eggs. Yet I've eaten some of all of these during this pregnancy at some point in time.<br><br>
Let's see--no raw fish or other kinds of raw or undercooked meat, no heroin, cocaine, pot or other illegal drugs, I haven't jumped off the diving board at all this time. I avoided having a root canal this time too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> No swordfish or other things like that.<br><br>
Pretty much anything else has gone. Oh, I haven't taken any aspirin this time around, although with my first I did once.
 

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What is wrong with mowing the lawn???<br><br>
Also, someone said something about a science lab - are we talking chemistry, or should I not take biology either? Although, with Title IX, any university receiving public funds has to make accomodations for pregnant students.
 

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Heat stroke! LOL Speaking of chemicals, make sure to air out your clothing if you get any that's dry cleaned. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hey, congratulations on your little grease droplet!!!
 
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