I have a very physical job which requires alot of bending, walking, pulling, lifting, etc, not to mention cleaning chemicals. Most times I don't get a chance to sit for a minute even if I'm tired.
Can this be a risk to my new pregnancy?
The chemicals might be a problem. You should check the Material Safety Data Sheets that your employer is required to have for you to look at. You should not lift more than 20 pounds. Other than that, if you are used to doing your job, it's fine with me if you do it. Exercise is a good thing!
-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.
Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.