Congratulations! While you’re probably more concerned with trying not to throw up in the mid-morning meeting, making sure you’ve taken your folic acid tablets and are eating a sensible, balanced diet you’ve probably not thought about which chores you’ll need to swear off doing for the next nine glorious months.
Put The Box Down!
There are very specific guidelines as to how much weight a pregnant woman can lift, and these tend to vary through each trimester. Sooner, or later you’ll realize that your back’s aching a lot more than it used to, your baby bump will become more pronounced, and you’ll find it a little bit harder to move around without accidentally knocking into things. While a small bag of groceries should be ok, try to avoid picking up boxes, older kids, household items like the vacuum cleaner that may require lifting and ask someone to remove the wet laundry for you.
No Nasty Chemicals
Swap your heavy duty house cleaners for natural more eco-friendly products, always wear gloves and a face mask and check that you aren’t feeling sick, dizzy and the room you’re cleaning is ventilated. One of the most important tasks when preparing for your new arrival is painting the nursery. However, even though modern paints are much better than what they used to be it’s best you find another task to do. Why not hire a company, such as Prime house Painters who’ll be happy to do the job under your direction? It’ll mean the nursery will be done in record time and you won’t be exposed to anything that could harm the baby.
Leave The Litter Box
If this is your first baby, you may not be aware that cat feces are highly dangerous to pregnant ladies. Whisker’s litter box could actually contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis, a highly infectious disease which won’t harm you but will leave your developing baby vulnerable to something that’s fatal should they contract it in the womb. Now’s the time to hand the bag of kitty litter over to your husband, or partner and make yourself a lovely cup of tea.
It’s also a good idea to take plenty of breaks, especially in the latter stages of pregnancy because you don’t want to put extra strain on your ankles which can then cause puffy, swollen feet. Feel free to ask for a more supportive chair at work, carry a cushion with you if you need to and don’t be nervous about asking passengers to give up their seat if you desperately need it down after a long day in the office.
Keep Your Feet On The Ground
While that blown fuse or broken lightbulb has been annoying you for ages please wait until help arrives to change it. Babies can move unexpectedly, causing your body to jerk naturally in response and you can easily fall when just walking let alone if you’re on a chair, or high up a ladder. From the moment you find out you’re expecting you need to avoid putting yourself in situations where you have to stand on steps to reach something, even if it means asking someone to help you reach the cereal in the supermarket!