Gardening while pregnant can be so challenging especially when talking about the health aspect. There are potentially harmful pathogens can harbor on the soil or even on the surface of unwashed produce, the sun’s heat is a lot more dangerous along with bending down to harvest crops feels almost comical on the third trimester. The big belly as well as potential threats does not have to stand between you and gardening. The health advantages of fresh garden grown produce definitely outweight the possible problems. Here are some helpful tips for “expecting gardeners.”
Ensure That It Stays Clean
The garden gloves, hand and soap sanitizer are specifically essential for expectant mothers because of soil borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium responsible for listeriosis. Listeriosis could make both the mother and the fetus sick and could even cause losing the unborn baby, therefore it is very much important to protect against it. It’s a common bacterium found in the soil as well as vegetables it comes in contact with.
Toxoplasma as well as Salmonella are the two other dangerous pathogens found in gardens. Animal based fertilizers such as fish emulsion or manure could contain salmonella, and if you have cats and visits the garden, Toxoplasma is something to be mindful of, as exposure on these bacteria could result in Toxoplasmosis, a condition that could cause serious birth problems and Salmonella poisoning can lead to stillbirth.
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