How Much Can You Do In Your First Trimester

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tonilee7 - June 6

Hi I am 6 weeks and 3 days, I dont work all the time I am mainly an at home mum to my one child, but lately I have been working with my fiance' on his bosses farm, but it hasnt exactly been easy work, we have been marking lambs. I have been picking up rather large lambs ,and I mean hundreds of the little wooly buggers and wrestling with thier mums. i have been told I should'nt be doing this as it can cause things to go wrong, but I feel physically fine apart from being alot more tired than usual. Next week we are moving cattle and sheep around, a few thousand and we have to ride 4 wheelers across really rough paddocks and I am not sure that I should be doing this..........please let me know wether you think what I am doing could be damaging my unborn baby...


ezwaggy - June 8

Hi tonilee7, as far as I know you can not cause a miscarriage - if it's going to happen it's going to happen whether you perform heavy labor or stay in bed all day. And women have been having babies since long before any of them even had the luxury of a bed, right? :) But any concern you ever have, just call your doctor. They're used to worried moms-to-be because that's what we do - worry!


Sara74 - June 8

Hi. I am 6 weeks pregnant too. We own a horse farm so I have been mucking stalls, pushing a full wheel barrow 4 or 5 times a day, throwing hay down, unloading 50 pound bags of grain, and carrying shaving bags into the barn. I feel ok too but need to nap later in the day. I use to NEVER tak naps during the day . However, I have found now that these short naps help and I can still sleep at night. Good luck!


looby - June 8

Hi, I have some great preganancy books which say: "Animal handlers may be exposed to toxoplasmosis, but may be immune already,GP may test for antibodies." "Only 1 in 10000 babies are born with the infection." "You should be careful about hygiene when handling farm animals, ask someone else to milk yor ewes and help with lambing. Call your Gp if you experience flu-symptoms." Hope this helps! Personally I think it's probably worth checking with your GP, to be sure.


EricaG - June 9

The only thing that worries me is you handling unpredictable animals . A little work never hurt anybody but a good kick in the stomach has. My parents live on a farm and out in Amish country. Their Amish neighbor (a pregnant woman) got kicked in the stomach by a bull and had to roll under a fence before he killed her. She was in very bad condition for a long time, luckily she and her baby were ok, but I don't want anything to happen to you! Be very careful around the animals if you decide to continue this job. I, personally would not take the risk.


growingbelly - June 11

I am sort of concerned about this too. I am a cop in a very busy area, and I'm wondering how long I should stay on duty. I don't really want to tell anyone that I'm pregnant yet, because I know if I'm gone it will leave us really short, but I scared to work too long. I was thinking of waiting until 12 weeks to go on light duties......anyone think that's too long? Thanks girls.


looby - June 12

Hi Tonilee, I've just been to the babycentre web site ( and at the bottom or the home page is a "fascinating fact" about how pregnant women should not be in contact with ewes or lambs or even the clothes that have been near them! Doesn't really elaborate, I'd imagine this is to do with toxoplasmosis or risk of other infections. may be worth a visit to the site though - it may tell you more if you delve a bit deeper.



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