Posts Tagged ‘computer’

How to stay healthy and safe at work

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Most women who work will continue to do so during pregnancy—some will work up to the day of their baby’s birth. But sometimes working during pregnancy can have some challenges. Here are some tips that can help you stay safe and comfortable at work throughout your pregnancy.

Common pregnancy discomforts

  • Nausea: Unfortunately morning sickness can happen at any time during the day. To help manage your nausea, try to avoid foods and smells that bother you and snack on crackers or other bland foods. And make sure you are drinking lots of fluids!
  • Fatigue: Being pregnant can be exhausting—especially during the first trimester. During your work day, try to get up and walk for a few minutes or even take a power nap in your car during your lunch break. Get to bed early, exercise, and eat healthy foods.

Workplace safety

  • Dangerous substances: If you work with metals (such as mercury or lead) chemicals, or radiation, talk to your health care provider. Describe your work environment and any safety equipment you or your company uses. Your provider can then tell you if it’s safe for you to keep working during pregnancy.
  • Heat: Working in places that are very hot can raise your body temperature. If your body temperature is too high, it could be dangerous to the baby. Make sure you talk to your provider.
  • Heavy duty jobs: If your job includes heavy lifting or climbing, it might not be safe during pregnancy. Nausea, fatigue and dizziness can make it hard to do these jobs safely. And your added weight can throw off your sense of balance and make you more likely to fall. You may need to talk to your employer about taking on other job responsibilities during your pregnancy.
  • Infections: If you work with children or in a health care setting, you may be at risk for infections. Wash your hands regularly. If you think you were exposed to an illness, talk to your provider right away.

Computers and desks

If you work on a computer or sit at a desk for most of the day, comfort is key. To avoid wrist and hand discomforts, neck and shoulder pains, backaches and eye strains, follow these tips:

  • Take short breaks often and walk around your office or building.
  • Adjust your chair, keyboard and other office equipment to be more comfortable.
  • Use a small pillow or cushion for lower back support.
  • Keep your feet elevated by using a footrest.
  • Be sure to use the correct hand and arm positions for typing.
  • Use a non-reflective glass screen cover on your computer monitor.
  • Adjust the computer monitor for brightness and contrast to a setting that is comfortable for your eyes.

It’s important that the work environment around you is safe for you and baby. If you have concerns, speak with your health care provider and your supervisor at work.

You can learn more ways to stay safe at work on our website

Have questions? Email us at AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Making my home compter safe for the kids

Monday, July 27th, 2009

computerWe have a desktop computer at home, but we’re looking for a laptop.  We have wireless capability now, so being able to have the computer wherever I feel like sounds great.  And, now that I have grandchildren on the computer (the 9 year old is a brainiac), I’m sure it will be safer to have a lighter weight wireless on hand. 

We have three young grandchildren who like to imitate their parents and older siblings and I don’t want them climbing up on the larger equipment.  Recently I read that children under the age of five have the highest injury rate with home computers, mainly due to falls after tripping over cables or head injuries from falling monitors.  Ouch!  If we don’t end up getting a wireless laptop, we’ll need to make sure our desktop computer is well-positioned so it can’t be pulled over by our younger visitors with inquiring minds. And everyone needs to know that there should be no food or drink near the computer.  I read about a six-year-old boy who was burned by a fire ten years ago caused by spilling a drink on a computer. I don’t know how common that is today, but it seems best to set up some rules and parameters before the troops arrive.

How childproof is your home office or computer space?  Do you have some good suggestions for me?

Here’s a thought: Turn off the TV! And the computer, too.

Monday, April 20th, 2009

kids-and-tvOK, here’s how it goes. And I’m speaking from personal experience.

It’s about 7:00 in the evening. You’ve been at work all day. Or you’ve spent the day tending to your kids and your house. You’re beat and just want to relax.

So what’s the easiest thing to do? Turn on the boob tube. Or surf the Internet for the latest news on Brangelina.

The TV and the computer have become baby sitters for all of us, including big adult babies like me.

This week is National Turnoff Week. By turning off your TV and other screens, you and your family can take some time to connect with each other and your community. National Turnoff Week is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

So bring out those board games or the building blocks. Sing or dance together as a family. Go for a walk. Play some baseball in the back yard. Draw or paint pictures of each other, your house, your dog. Spend some time doing a household project (clean out the junk drawer together!). Do a good deed for a neighbor. Plant a flower bed or read a book together.

Here’s the big one: Talk to each other.

How are you planning to spend National Turnoff Week? Me and my family? That junk drawer is going down.

For children: Too much media may harm health

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

The more time a child spends with television, movies, video games, magazines, music and the Internet, the more likely he is to be obese and to perform poorly in school. And as the child gets older, he’s more likely to smoke and use drugs. This is what experts at the National Institutes of Health, Yale University and California Pacific Medical Center found in a recent review of research.

What does this mean since most of us and our children love media? I had a nutrition professor once he told us “Everything in moderation.” That’s good advice, it seems to me, for many things in life. So be sure you and your kids walk, swim, play ball, socialize, dance, go to the zoo, join clubs, visit with neighbors and friends. The media are great; they enrich our lives. But too much of anything isn’t a good idea.

As one of the researchers said, “Couch potato does, unfortunately, sum it up pretty well.” So let’s get up, get our kids up, and get moving!

How do you manage the media in your children’s lives?