Summer's here! Time for barefoot feet in the sand, lazy days by the pool, a frosty frozen cocktail in your hand... You might be thinking, “Sigh. Not till next summer for me,” but hold on! Just because you may not be consuming alcohol while expecting doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a fun umbrella drink too. (Actually, you might deserve one more for being pregnant over the summer!)
Q: I’ve heard cats can be risky during pregnancy. Why is this?
A: You might be referring to toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite that can be transmitted through cat feces. Though the infection typically causes only a mild flulike illness, it can pose serious problems during pregnancy.
Women in the United States have been strongly urged to abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy for so many years that the sight of a woman sipping a glass of wine while expecting is fairly scandalous to many. But that could be changing now, as new research suggests that light drinking during pregnancy might not pose as much harm to an unborn baby as previously thought.