Doctors and midwives are there to monitor the correct development of your pregnancy:
- they will explain the risks you may be exposed to, helping you to take appropriate measures to avoid them.
- they will support you during the 36 weeks. They will ensure that the little ailments related to your condition do not ruin things for you.
Check your home environment:
- stop smoking if you have not already done so. Ask those around you not to smoke in your presence: passive smoking is harmful to the foetus.
- ventilate your home for at least 15 minutes every day to get rid of damp and microbes. Eliminate odours and other residues from pollutants and household products. Check that your home’s air vents are working and correctly removing humidity and mould.
- avoid using aerosols of any kind (air fresheners, insecticides, etc.) which spread harmful chemicals.
- if you are carrying out renovation or decoration work in anticipation of baby’s arrival, opt for paints, carpets and furniture which are free of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), as these are highly allergenic.
- choose anti-dust mite bed linen.
- although the harmfulness of waves emitted by our Wi-Fi networks and mobile phones has not been proven, do not place your telephone in your pocket. Limit the length of telephone calls on your mobile and ban it from the bedroom.
Check those around you
- avoid any direct contact with people who are sick and potentially contagious, and avoid hospitals.
- get into the habit of washing your hands often and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds). Encourage your friends and relatives to do the same.
Check your health
- do not take any medication without consulting your doctor. This includes those you normally take for your convenience: cough mixture, tablets, suppositories, herbal remedies, essential oils, etc. Even the most natural ones, which you may consider harmless, familiar and commonplace, can present particular risks to you and the foetus during pregnancy.
- carefully read the information leaflets supplied with medication: many of them are contraindicated.
- no vaccines which have not been prescribed by the doctor.
- if you need to have an X-ray, state that you are pregnant: radiation is contraindicated in early pregnancy. It will be kept to a minimum and the radiology staff – who you must inform – will equip you with a lead apron to protect your tummy and the baby. Discuss this with your doctor.