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

Necessary dental care can and should be done during pregnancy. This includes cleaning, fillings, and root canals. X-rays, when necessary for treatment, can be done with abdominal shielding. Local anesthesia can be used. Antibiotic prophylaxis, when indicated, should be done (except for the use of Tetracycline).

Most women can continue to exercise during pregnancy with minor adjustments.
   ~ Avoid breathlessness (can you speak a sentence during workout?)
   ~ Drink adequate fluids before, during, and after exercise
   ~ Protect your skin from the sun
   ~ Avoid any contact sports such as softball, soccer, volleyball and 
      activities which increase risk of falling such as bike riding, horse 
      back riding, rollerblading skiing
  ~  Any new aerobic exercise program should be started gradually
   ~ Laying flat on your back after about 20 weeks is not recommended
      due to pressure of the uterus and baby on major blood vessels

There is no evidence that any of these can cause birth defects. We suggest that you consider waiting until after 12 weeks as this is when the organs are formed and any chemical exposure could theoretically cause a problem.

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. 


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