Here are the answers to the most popular questions users ask Flo about pregnancy lifestyle:

Is it safe to use a deodorant/antiperspirant during pregnancy?

When choosing deodorants and antiperspirants during pregnancy, you should read the label and refrain from buying products containing aluminum, triclosan, phthalates, propylene glycol, and parabens. 

Alcohol wipes or special natural mineral salt deodorants can serve as an alternative.

Is it safe to use household cleaning products during pregnancy?

Scientific opinions vary on the dangers of using household chemicals. Try to use as little as possible. 

If you need to use them, be careful. Follow the instructions on the packaging, ventilate the room you are working in, and use rubber gloves to reduce the exposure of your skin to the cleaning products.

Can pregnant women use insect repellents?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), insect repellents are considered safe during pregnancy if used in strict compliance with the instructions on the label. 

Don't spray them on your face, eyes, or mouth, and be sure to wash the product off when you return indoors.

Can you pump gas by yourself during pregnancy?

There is an opinion that pregnant women should avoid gas fumes and refrain from visiting gas stations. This is a myth. The risks to you and your baby are minimal. 

Observe these simple rules, though: don't stand near the pump while gas is being supplied, and thoroughly wash your hands after putting the nozzle back.

Is it safe to climb stairs when pregnant?

Pregnant women often feel dizzy. Aside from that, your center of gravity shifts as your abdomen grows. This increases the risk of falling. If you need to use the stairs, hold on to the railing, don't hurry, and watch your step.

Is it safe to run and jump during pregnancy?

Doctors advise against pregnant women running and jumping. Because of the physiological characteristics, the risk of falling or getting injured is very high. 

Consider less strenuous types of physical activity, such as walking, yoga, or swimming.

Is it safe to sleep on your stomach in the early stages of pregnancy?

Many mothers-to-be are worried that sleeping on their stomachs will hurt the baby. In reality, the female body is naturally created in such a way that the baby has enough space and is protected. 

It is perfectly safe to sleep on your stomach, but when the belly starts growing, it will become uncomfortable and eventually impossible.

A pregnant woman doing yoga

Can you sleep on your back during late pregnancy?

Sleeping on your back is not recommended during the third trimester because the growing uterus can squeeze organs and blood vessels, causing lack of air, heart palpitations, and muscle aches. 

If you can only fall asleep in this position, don't worry. Most people often change their positions during sleep, and it is unlikely that you will spend the entire night lying on your back.

Is it safe to cross your legs when sitting during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, it is recommended that you get rid of the habit of crossing your legs. This can contribute to constricting blood flow to the legs and, as a result, lead to varicose veins. It is best to sit up straight and put both feet on the floor.

Is frequent and long-term use of cell phones acceptable during pregnancy?

According to the World Health Organization, no adverse effects have been reported in babies whose mothers used mobile phones during pregnancy.

You shouldn't worry even if you spend the day talking on the phone, surfing the internet, or playing games.

Can pregnant women get anesthesia for dental treatment?

In case of acute pain and the immediate need to see your dentist before delivery, contact your dentist. 

If you can withstand the procedure without anesthesia, go for it. If not, the doctor will choose an anesthetic acceptable for use during pregnancy. 

This may do less harm to you and the baby than the stress of an excessively painful treatment.

Is it safe to raise your arms or reach up high (to hang curtains, for instance) during pregnancy?

There is a myth that pregnant women shouldn't reach up high because this can lead to the baby getting tangled in the umbilical cord. 

However, this has nothing to do with the woman's arm movements. The entanglement can be caused by increased fetal motor activity, excess amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios), insufficient oxygen intake, or frequent stress. 
Raising your arms during pregnancy is safe.

Is it safe for pregnant women to climb step stools and ladders?

Your center of gravity shifts during pregnancy, and it is harder to keep your balance. 

If you need to use a step stool or ladder to get something from the top shelf, it's best if you ask someone to get it for you. 
Otherwise, have somebody assist you as you climb.

Is it okay to do home renovations while pregnant?

Home renovations usually go hand-in-hand with glue, paint, and other construction chemicals. During pregnancy, contact with these substances should be limited. Don't touch them, don't inhale the fumes, and don't stay in a freshly painted room for too long.

Can pregnant women lift heavy objects?

Your doctor will personally tell you if you are allowed to lift heavy objects or not. The general rule is to always let someone do it for you. Your body is changing, and not all activities are safe. Therefore, it is better to be cautious and protect yourself and the baby.

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