From the moment you know you are going to have a baby, your life takes on a new dimension. You can still enjoy gardening when pregnant, although you might have to make some mini changes.
Our body is a great indicator of what it likes and what it doesn’t want to do! It’s all about being sensible, listen to your doctors advice.
One of the top priorities is to be safe and reduce your risks in the garden. The soil contains many organisms and bacteria, some are good and some not so good when pregnant. Something to be aware of is Toxoplasmosis.
The article Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy NHS(UK), details all you need to know. It is a great resource for the pregnant gardener.
First of all, let’s take a look the physical effort in gardening when pregnant, and what might some challenges be?
Digging can be a strenuous activity, you might consider delegating any digging to someone else. Or even ask yourself do you really need to do this digging?
With the jobs that you would normally find tiring and physical you will need to ease up on those activities. If it doesn’t feel right, then stop!
I’m a big fan of looking after our body when gardening.
The one thing we need to protect against is the sunlight. Whilst we make vitamin D from being outdoors, spending hours being exposed to the sun can be harmful too.
Personally, I always wear a hat with a brim to protect my face. I do this, not only from the sun, but it helps prevent getting poked in the eye from a twig or a branch!
As a fair-haired person it is important that I wear a sun hat, long sleeves and apply sunscreen for the best protection.
It makes sense not only to do this while pregnant but to make it a habit for life.
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In the hot summer months wearing long sleeves can make you feel too hot. The best materials to wear for coolness are cotton or linen. The air can easily flow over your body keeping you cool and relaxed.
One of my own challenges is to drink enough. When I am totally absorbed my focus is off hydrating my body and that’s not good. I never knew feeling hungry was a sign of dehydration until I found out some years ago. Do you sometimes find you are hungry? If so how much have you had to drink today?
Drinking enough during the day and especially during hot weather makes total sense. However, on cold days some gardening tasks maybe strenuous, to keep ourselves warmer. We still need to replenish our water intake, although we might not realise this.
I enjoyed reading this article What you should know about drinking water (and you probably dont).
Along with protecting our body, it wouldn’t be very difficult to look at your gardening tools at the same time. Bending over or down could become challenging, why not make it easier and consider using longer handled tools to save bending too much,
When I discovered a tool system that enabled me to work with more ease I fell in love with the idea.
With up to 50 tool attachments on your pole, gardening can be made simple. I wouldn’t be without them.
Discover why I love this range so much in my future article ‘Save your back, reduce bending when gardening’.
Another important consideration is the use of fertilisers, weed and bug killers. Looking for alternative treatments like soapy water solutions for aphids, vinegar solutions for weeds and nettle liquid feed for your plants can be open up a new way of gardening to you.
If you feel it is necessary to use a chemical based product, then where possible get someone else to do it for you. for best practice and safety, the best guide is to read the label and follow the instructions.
I discovered when it comes to the garden whatever doesn’t get done will wait until it can be done. In other words, if you have no one to help you then consider restarting that task after your pregnancy. Most of all enjoy the time you spend in your garden, after all every year in the garden has it’s own joys, pleasures and challenges!