Food To Avoid During Pregnancy


It’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet during pregnancy to ensure your unborn baby receives the relevant nutrients for growth. However, certain foods can make you feel ill, cause food poisoning or harm your baby if eaten during pregnancy – and while it can be confusing to know what foods are safe and what are harmful, it’s worth taking the time to get to know the foods to avoid and to be careful.

These are some of the main foods to avoid during pregnancy, but if you’re ever in any doubt it’s best to be cautious and not eat the item and then check with your midwife at a later date.

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R – “Making Babies” Book and DVD Series Giveaway

making babiesSince I never struggled with trying to conceive, I don’t really talk about preconception issues here on My Baby Experience. Anneliese was a wonderful unplanned surprise, but I know others who have not been so blessed. Since having Anneliese, I learned that there are many things a woman can do to prepare her body for growing a baby. As Shoshanna Easling says in her book, “there is an art to making babies,” hence the name of the book and DVD set is simply called “Making Babies.”

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New Skin Perfecting Oil For Stretch Marks

I received some great information from a guest blogger in the UK and wanted to share this with you. When I was pregnant, I had trouble finding good information regarding reducing the appearance of stretch marks. Alex, our guest blogger from the UK, shared this with me, along with the real life experiences of other moms like us.

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JOHNSON’S® Body Care Brand Launches New Skin Perfecting Oil to Help Improve the Appearance of Stretch Marks:

reduce stretch mark oilBecoming a mum is a wonderful experience, but the makers of JOHNSON’S® understand it can change your body and impact your confidence and self esteem. Research has revealed that 70% of new mums experience stretch marks, so if you do too rest assured you’re definitely not alone.

Luckily, help is at hand – new JOHNSON’S® Skin Perfecting Oil is clinically proven to improve skin suppleness, helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks in 4 weeks. Just in time for the summer season, perfect!

JOHNSON’S® Skin Perfecting Oil contains a blend of Botanic Oils and an anti-oxidant complex, including Vitamin E; the formula is designed to nourish and improve the skin’s elasticity, helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Furthermore the oil is formulated to minimise the risk of allergies, making it suitable for even sensitive skin, and it’s available in an easy to use spray.

Still not won over? Four ‘real life’ typical mums were asked to test the product over the course of 4 weeks – you can follow their stories on the JOHNSON’S® Beauty YouTube Channel here:

One of the mums, Sam, was desperate to improve the appearance of her stretch marks so she could feel confident wearing a bikini on holiday again – see how she got on below. Remember, in just 4 weeks this could be you!

For more information on JOHNSON’s® Skin Perfecting Oil and other Body Care and Face Care products, visit the site at today. Developed with 100 years of expertise in caring for beautifully soft skin, JOHNSON’S® extensive range of beauty products is great for all skin types.

Life of a Pregnant Medical Laboratory Technician (continued)

Working While Pregnant

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I was very big in my third trimester of pregnancy.

Then, along came week 36 of pregnancy-I waddled everywhere and I had an exhausting commute of three hours every day. Also, as other lab techs know, working in the lab requires quite a bit of standing throughout the shift. Working in a hospital on night shift can cause breaks to be sporadic, sometimes cut short, and occasionally skipped. This can be very difficult on a pregnant person; my blood sugar would drop so easily that I needed a break often.

Shift Change, Lighter Workload

lab tech working during pregnancyLooking back, I now think about how nice it would have been to receive the benefit of switching to an easier shift. Maybe if I had a doctor’s note I could have moved to another shift, but the thought did not occur to me. If an employee knew that a workload change was a benefit they were entitled to while pregnant, it would probably be a great relief to many women.  Also, having benefits that extend to women beyond pregnancy would be extremely helpful for everyone.

Breastfeeding Support

If employers would better support new mothers, the employers could benefit from having a better work environment, happier employees, and increasing productivity. This is especially true when applied to breastfeeding support. In America, there are a very small percentage of employers who actually have any benefits for breastfeeding mothers, hospitals and laboratories included.

breastfeeding support at workThis is very unfortunate since breastfeeding is a necessity for optimal health in children and women. Businesses need to provide a recognized private area for mothers to nurse or pump every few hours during their shift. Children would be ill less often, causing fewer absences from the mothers. Also, mothers who have breastfeeding support return to work sooner because they are not worried about having to wean their child. For me, this was a major deciding factor of whether I should continue working after my baby was born. Finding a relaxing place to pump and trying to fit it into my third shift schedule seemed impossible.

On-Site Childcare

On top of that, I needed to find someone I trusted to watch my baby all night long since my husband worked evenings also. This proved very difficult because not many family members were willing and able to take care of a three month old all night. If my employer had on-site childcare services, that could have “killed two birds with one stone.” During my breaks I could nurse my child and I could see that she was being well cared for in the process. It is so simple and convenient; that would be one of the best benefits an employer could provide. Even though I love spending time with my child, it would be very tempting for me to return to work if I knew this benefit would be available.

Better Work Environment for Pregnant and Nursing Women

Although there has been much improvement to women’s rights in the workplace, there is still a need for more leeway towards pregnant and nursing women. If employers want to build morale and support for families, this is a good place to start. I love the laboratory and really miss the lab environment. I will always put my child first, but I wish I could do both. Overall, it would be good for everyone- businesses, children, and parents; a win-win-win situation.

What do you think about pregnant and nursing women’s rights in the workplace?

Life of a Pregnant Medical Laboratory Technician (Part 1)

Working While Pregnant

pregnant medical laboratory technicianAt the moment in the medical laboratory profession, there is an increasing workforce shortage causing laboratory managers and their employers to implement more enticing benefits for their employees. The common theme is better support of the family unit, but as a pregnant MLT I noticed some issues that are not commonly addressed.

When I first found out that I was pregnant I was worried and concerned. I thought of my career and how it would fit with the added responsibility of a baby. I also thought of the safety concerns related to my work in the medical laboratory. The safety of my unborn baby automatically became my main concern as I tried to recall any prenatal health hazards I might have already encountered.  With this article, I hope to encourage more support and safety education for pregnant workers in the laboratory field and the workforce in general.

2nd trimester pregnancy workingWorking in a hospital laboratory poses some risk to a fetus, but should be safe in most circumstances if the proper precautions are taken. From a pregnant mother’s perspective, it would be nice to have some added benefits and reassurance when working in the medical laboratory environment. The first memory that I recall in relation to safety hazards, is the time I visited a patient’s room to collect a blood specimen. The nurses considered the patient to be a possible Tuberculosis case but did not put up any signage indicating that.  When I found out about it, I was very upset. Thankfully I did not get TB, but the incident reminded me of the potential dangers I faced working in a hospital.

Another thought that worried me while I was pregnant was how laboratory chemical exposure might hurt the fetus. I read from various sources that, if I was concerned about chemical exposure, I should read the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) in the lab. Of course, that was something I never took the time to do. When I was in my first trimester of pregnancy I was too exhausted to do my regular work and also sift through that huge book. It would have been nice to have a simple reference pamphlet provided by my employer indicating which chemicals I should be more cautious about using and any that I should avoid completely. Although I would always use proper protective equipment while working, the risk of chemical and biohazardous exposure still concerned me.

working while pregnantSince I am a “worry wart” by nature, I would have always found something to worry about during those first few months. That would not have stopped me from working in the medical laboratory field, though. Being a Medical Laboratory Technician is so exciting to me. I had planned to work in the laboratory as my lifelong profession since I was a little girl; the aches and pains of pregnancy would not discourage that.

Then, along came week 36 of pregnancy[…] Come back in a couple of days to find out more and what I think should be done about it! In the meantime, I would love to hear stories about your experience of working while pregnant.