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You may continue to get your allergy shots while pregnant. TB testing is safe at any time during pregnancy.

Routine dental care can and should be done during pregnancy, including cleaning, fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dental x-rays can be done with abdominal and thyroid shielding,. Local anesthesia can be used.

Most women can continue to exercise during pregnancy with minor adjustments. 20 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, 4 to 5 times weekly is recommended. There is no need to ensure that the heart rate is below a certain number.
   ~ Avoid breathlessness (can you speak a sentence during your exercise?)
   ~ Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercising

   ~ Wear sun protection
   ~ Avoid any contact sports such as softball, soccer, volleyball and 
      activities which increase risk of falling such as bike riding, horse back riding, skiing or 

There is no evidence that any of these can cause birth defects.Although data is limited, because systemic adsorption is minimal, these are presumed to be safe in pregnancy. 

It is safe to use a bathtub or hot tub or hot tub if the water is 100 degrees or lower. Saunas are not recommended.

It is safe for pregnant women to paint (latex or oil-based) or supervise painting in a well-ventilated area. The major risk for painting is possible falls from a ladder. If remodeling an older home and there is a question about the paint base (lead or mercury), it is better not to be around when sanding, etc is done.

May continue during pregnancy unless certain conditions exist, such as bleeding, premature labor, threatened miscarriage. You should not have sexual intercourse if you think you water has broken.

It is ok to travel by car or air up until 36 weeks if there are no complications. Trips of any type, more than 2 hours, require rest stops to get up and stretch, to decrease rick of blood clots. Use of seat belts in cars is mandatory! Current global travel advisories can be found at cdc.gov/travel.

There is no evidence of risk with inactivated vaccines in pregnancy. Generally, live-virus vaccines are not given in pregnancy. An annual Influenza vaccine is recommended for all pregnant women regardless of trimester (unless egg allergy). A one-time booster of tdaP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) is recommended for all adults over 18. The CDC recommends a dose of tdaP in the 3rd trimester for women with every pregnancy. Check with your provider for recommended vaccines specific to you. 


In early pregnancy, you can sleep in any comfortable position. As the baby grows, sleeping on your side is recommended as it can help uterine blood flow for the baby. It is not harmful to your baby if you wake up on your back; just roll over onto your side and go back to sleep.


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