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Tanning When Pregnant – Is It Safe?

Tanning While PregnantAll the physical changes that occur during pregnancy can make you feel unattractive. From acne breakouts to bouts of gassiness to swollen feet and ankles, being pregnant isn’t the sexiest feeling in the world. So naturally, tanning while pregnant sounds like a good idea. After all, having sun-kissed skin looks great, and it can do wonders for your self-esteem.

But just how safe is tanning when pregnant? Is it something to stay away from, or is it generally considered safe? The answer depends on the method of tanning.

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Riding a Roller Coaster When Pregnant

roller coasters and pregnancySpending a day at an amusement park is a fun family activity, but if you’re pregnant, you’ll want to avoid the main attraction – the roller coaster. It’s probably safer to play games in the arcade, game booths, or another activity that keeps both feet planted on the ground.

Although there is no scientific data that says roller coaster’s and high-speed theme park rides are dangerous before the second trimester, there’s also no research that says that it’s safe either. It’s always best to play it safe rather than be sorry later.

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Pregnant and in Prison: Shackling Pregnant Inmates During Labor and Delivery

shackling pregnant inmatesOne of the biggest hurdles pregnant women in jail have had to face is securing the right to have a dignified labor and childbirth process. Most have to endure grueling pain while exposed in a room with a law enforcement escort and with their legs shackled together – even as the newborn was exiting the birth canal.

Currently, 13 states outlaw the practice of shackling pregnant state prisoners. Federal law already prohibits prisons from doing this to women inmates. Thirteen other states have introduced bills to ban the practice, as well. Those states include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.

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Should You Buy a Handheld Doppler?

doppler ultrasound The idea of listening to your baby’s heartbeat in the comfort of your own home sounds pretty appealing. And if you flip through baby and pregnancy magazines, chances are you might run across an ad featuring a handheld Doppler heart rate monitor that you can use at home. But should you buy a handheld Doppler?

Portable Doppler ultrasound devices that you can buy online are pocket-sized, battery-operated machines that are placed on your belly, and they send out high-frequency ultrasound waves. The waves pass through your skin and bounce back. The bounce is translated into a sound that you can hear.

Dopplers are perfectly safe to use over a long period of time. In fact, the British Medical Ultrasound Society issued a statement in 2000 that basically said that there has been no evidence that using ultrasound technology – Dopplers included – will harm a pregnancy. Ultrasounds have been used safely for the last 40 years without any problem.

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