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Having a Healthy Pregnancy

Now that you're having a baby, it is more important than ever to take care of your body by exercising, eating right, and taking safe medications. You may need to make certain changes in your lifestyle to make sure you are providing your baby with the healthiest environment possible.

  • Limit your exposure to scented feminine hygiene products and bubble bath soap, which can irritate the vagina and leave you vulnerable to yeast or urinary tract infections.
  • Avoid hot baths, saunas, hot tubs or tanning beds, as they can raise your body temperature to levels that are unhealthy for your baby.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to chemicals like hair dyes, herbicides, pesticides, paint, paint stripper and some cleaning solutions. There are many natural cleaners on the market that you can use, but still try to do any cleaning in a well-ventilated room. Call the Pregnancy Environmental Hotline at (800) 322-5014 if you have any questions.
  • Please let us know if you are exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals at work.
  • If you need to have an X-ray test, tell the doctor or dentist that you are pregnant. Postpone the test until after the pregnancy if you can.

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