Can I plant flowers while pregnant?
Gardening is a very great exercise for pregnant women, but then, it is best they considered a lot of risk factors. For example, working outdoors or trying to plant flowers while pregnant means they have to till and weed a large expanse of land while being at the risk of dehydration. They also have to consider scenarios of chemical exposure or exposure to feces left by cats.
Cat feces are known to contain a disease-causing organism that causes a condition known as toxoplasmosis. The condition usually causes the babies to be born blind or with certain mental disabilities.
The woman herself could also suffer from the symptoms of flu. As regards chemical exposure, the baby could be born with a dysfunction in its nervous system. It could even suffer from mental disorders.
Some women are also allergic to flowers and pollen, which indeed is another serious factor to consider. In such times, gardening is a no-no for such woman.
That’s why we will look at some safety procedures that must be carried out by a pregnant woman that loves to garden.
What precautions should a pregnant woman take if she is gardening?
- Avoid staying in fields while chemicals are being sprayed around
You shouldn’t even stay at a distance. The spray droplets permeate the air particles which could pose a lot of danger to you and your baby if inhaled.
The best thing is to stay indoors or be completely absent at such times. You also shouldn’t be the one doing the spraying!
- The garden is also a site for pests and diseases
That is why it is recommended that you work with measures that will help to keep certain insects and pests away from your garden.
You should also ensure that the measures you choose are the ones that won’t pose any serious or harmful effect to either you or your baby.
- Never let a cat into your garden
Just like it was stated above, the feces of cats cause a condition known as toxoplasmosis. Even after ensuring that no cat gets into your garden, you should still play safe.
It is also recommended that you visit the hospital for a test as regards this condition.
In instances where the woman has been infected previously with the condition, she most probably has antibodies against the disease-causing organism in her body.
- Protect your body as much as possible
Wear the needed overalls—long-sleeved coats made with impermeable materials like leather, gloves, boots, etc. That way, you have reduced contact with the contaminated soil and chemicals.
Don’t touch your face unnecessarily while working. You should also ensure that you have your hands covered with gloves. Then, the moment you are done, rush to have a shower.
You must also have with you a bottle of water so that you don’t stay dehydrated for long.
- Assign the heavy work to someone else
You should not be lifting too heavy pots or tools. Garden in the mornings and at night when the temperature is still cool. In fact, the best option for pregnant women is indoor and small-scale gardening.
That way, they don’t have to stress themselves too much.
How to plant flowers in my garden
Flowers are very cool and will easily spice up a dull room or space. Planting them on the other hand requires you going through tons of planting operations that could take a toll on you.
You just have to go slowly, i.e., stop when you get tired. You could also have someone to assist you with the weeding and watering of the garden.
Let’s see how you can successfully plant flowers in your garden.
- Determine the perfect season or timing for planting your flowers
Each plant has a particular season when its flower blooms. You have to target these times when planting. For example, the snap dragon flower will bloom when the environment is cool.
For some, their blooming is independent of the environmental temperature but dependent on other factors. Make sure you ask as many questions as possible and also do your research.
- Start by preparing your planting beds and pots
Note that the planting beds must be well prepared for the flowers you want to plant. You will need to mix manure or compost with the soil to increase its fertility and structure.
You also would need to weed the unneeded plants so that they do not compete with the flowers for nutrients, sunlight or space.
If you are going to use pots, you’d need to fill them halfway with soil that has already been mixed with compost or fertilizers.
Using pots and vases is the best option for pregnant women as they don’t have to worry about weeding a large field or garden.
- Ensure that you carefully choose the size of the plant you want to fix into your garden
You have to be certain of the size the plant will be when it starts to pop out the flowers. How tall would it be by then? Would it be housed easily within a pot or a vase? Would you have to transplant it after sometime?
If you are making a flower bed with mixed flowers, you also want to determine the other with which you’d plant the flowers.
The tall ones should be at planted at spots that don’t prevent the shorter ones from receiving adequate sunlight.
- Make sure you shop for healthy plants while you are at the nursery
The sign that a plant has been stressed is that the stems have a wilted or dried appearance. These kinds of plants will only yield bad varieties of flowers.
If you are planting with seeds, ensure that you place them at a certain depth—something about ¼” away from the upper soil surface.
You should also make sure you know the time it takes for the seeds to bear the shoot.
- Make sure you water the garden as often as possible
Young plants are usually in need of a lot of care—water and nutrients. Make sure you are always available to get that done. You should also target the best times to water your plants—morning and evening.
If you are planting outdoor, you shouldn’t water the young plants or seedlings in the afternoon.
The reason is that the sun would have made the soil a lot hotter, thereby increasing the temperature of the water you use for watering. You don’t have to worry about this if you are planting indoors though.
Lastly, note that you don’t have to water the plants much during a rainy season if they are outdoors.