Written by Pradeep
Are you a person who loves gardening and loves being around plants, flowers and nature in general? Are you pregnant and wish to continue tending to your garden but not sure about its safety? Keep on reading to know if gardening is safe during pregnancy and what you can do to keep your love for gardening alive during those nine months.
During pregnancy, it helps to relax and pursue a hobby to keep the mind calm and gardening is the best exercise that takes care of both the needs. It not only allows you to get fresh air, but also ensures that you get a little exercise while your spirits get lifted up with the beauty around. But you must be careful not to go overboard in your enthusiasm. Remember to avoid strenuous activities like pruning, raking and weeding.
To those who have always found time to garden no matter how hectic your schedule is need not put away your gardening tools during those 9 months. However, you must be cautious and avoid coming in contact with harmful chemicals or any other infection that may spread due to exposure to contaminated soil. Gardening has its benefits, you just need to stay safe and enjoy it.
The biggest risk that comes from gardening is toxoplasmosis and exposure to chemicals.
It is an infection that is caused by Toxoplasma Gondii. One of the ways it enters your body is through contaminated soil while gardening. It affects the fetus and could also cause miscarriage and stillbirth. Sometimes, your baby may not develop symptoms in the early years, but could develop problems as he grows. The parasite that causes the infection may contaminate the soil through cat feces. You may unknowingly touch your face or mouth after touching the contaminated soil and before you know, you may have injected the infection. Even if you don’t have cats of your own, other cats from the neighborhood may wander in your garden and contaminate the soil. So be extra careful to keep cats away during pregnancy, always wear gloves and never touch any part of your body while gardening.
You must be very careful in the first trimester to keep away when pesticides are used in the garden. Exposure to large quantities sprayed is known to cause heart and limb defects and even oral clefts in your baby. However, there is nothing to panic if the quantity used is minimal. But always remember to use gloves while gardening and stay away when the pesticides are being sprayed.
If your doctor has given you a green signal for gardening while you are pregnancy, then here are some tips to follow to stay safe while gardening during pregnancy.
If these tips are kept in mind and followed, there is no need to inactivate your green thumb until the arrival of your baby. Gardening is certainly not an activity that you should stay away from when you are pregnant. So go out make the use of good weather and enjoy your time nurturing your garden.
Did you indulge in gardening when you were pregnant? How did it benefit you? Do Share your experiences in the comments section below.