So... I'm pregnant and wondering...

Discussion in 'Goat Frenzy' started by redsticker, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. redsticker

    redsticker Member

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    May 7, 2009
    SE Louisiana
    I've been a little preoccupied lately because I just found out I'm pregnant with #5. I don't have any goats yet, just reservations on a few of Nigerian Dwarfs, but I was wondering... is there anything that I can't do with the goats while pregnant? Should I avoid being the one to give them medications and wormers, etc.?

    I know that with cats, pregnant ladies can't do anything involving the litterbox/poop, but any rules for goats, chickens, dogs, etc.? (My doc didn't really have any advice beyond use common sense and don't over do any manual labor.)

    I'm used to being pregnant, but not used to running a farm at the same time... :oops:
     
  2. ProctorHillFarm

    ProctorHillFarm New Member

    Shoot- I did everything while I was pregnant with the farm/animals- I actually pushed myself way too hard and went into premature labor at 7 months, so I got yelled at and put on bedrest and drugs to keep me from contracting until I was "safe" I went NUTS sitting around the house and my son was born 3 weeks early at 8.8!!!!
    So I just say dont push yourself too hard after about the 6th month and you should be okay- if you are used to doing the work since before you got pregnant you should be okay.

    :) congrats on the pregnancy! and wow, 5, how do you do it? I can hardly keep up with my one :)
     

  3. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    I would consult your Physician ...on what you can do or not.... Some meds... shouldn't be handled by Pregnant women... such as Lute and Oxytocin ....amoungst other things... :hug:

    Congratulations on your Pregnancy...... :thumb: :clap: :cool:
     
  4. Lawanda

    Lawanda New Member

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    Jun 11, 2009
    West Virginia
    I am jealous. I wish I was pregnant with my #5 right NOW! haha Good luck! I am not sure how I will handle my farming and being pregnant if it ever happens :)
     
  5. FunnyRiverFarm

    FunnyRiverFarm New Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    Hudson, MI
    IMO, you should probably not handle any of the goat medications to be on the safe side. I would probably leave most of the pen cleaning and hoof trimming to other family members as well. General handling--feeding, watering, milking, etc should be fine as long as you are not lifting anything too heavy.
     
  6. myfainters

    myfainters New Member

    Oct 29, 2009
    Lancaster, CA
    I did all of it while I was prego with each of mine. I would however not use a pour on wormer while prego. :- ) I accidentally deworm myself with that stuff everytime I delouse! LOL

    OH... and word of wisdom... do NOT show goats when 8 months pregnant and it's 90* outside.... you will pass out! LOL

    CONGRATS on the new baby!!!!! YAY!!!!!
     
  7. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    I'd make sure I was buying from a healthy, tested herd. Plus use common sense when it comes to handling feces, bodily fluids, medications, etc. If possible, I agree with FunnyRiverFarm and let someone else handle that kind of stuff, esp. if it worries you. As PHF said, I would take it easy in the 3rd trimester and not lift really heavy stuff (like hay or heavy feed bags, etc.).

    I did look up some info about what can be transmitted to people. It looks scary, but one of the article says most of the diseases are rare and/or hard to get . . . but if you want to read it, here it is:

    Goes into detail about likelihood, mode of transmission, etc.
    http://wvc.omnibooksonline.com/data/pap ... 6_V373.pdf

    not goat-centered, but diseases you can catch from your pets:
    http://www.2ndchance.info/zoonoses.htm

    major zoonoses of ruminants:
    http://www.upenn.edu/regulatoryaffairs/ ... inants.doc

    last ? speaks to the Johne's controversy:
    http://www.johnes.org/general/faqs.html#12

    And by the way, congratulations!!
     
  8. Lawanda

    Lawanda New Member

    694
    Jun 11, 2009
    West Virginia
    Wow. I only read the first article so far and it is scaring me! Eek! Good info, but seriously scary!
     
  9. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    I know . . . I thought the same thing after reading it, but then I realized I have more chances of catching a virus from public bathrooms, preschool/elem school, shopping cart handles, etc, than I probably do from handling my goats! That's why, for the most part, it just comes down to common sense . . . wash your hands, protect yourself from bodily fluids, change your clothes when they are poopy or bloody, don't wear your chicken/goat boots into the house, and when animals or kids are sick, don't ignore it. I've been pregnant and around goats, chickens, dogs & cats . . . and I'm no worse for doing so :)
     
  10. logansmommy7

    logansmommy7 New Member

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    Nov 11, 2009
    Shenandoah Valley, VA
    Kids-n-peeps which goat is that? sorry to hijack the post...I don't recognize her?
     
  11. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    It's Myra, my polled 10 month old. She's just shaggier in person with her winter coat :)
     
  12. heathersboers

    heathersboers New Member

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    Sep 5, 2008
    Wilson N.C.
    Im 34 weeks pregnant and I still do everything as I did before-except lug feed and hay-I am feeding 10 bottle babies to help with no money during my maternity leave....I hate being broke....
     
  13. PattiXmas

    PattiXmas New Member

    181
    Jan 1, 2010
    My friend has goats and when her doctor found out that she had them, she could not do anything with them. Apparently, her doctor told her that they carry toxoplasmosis. She lost the baby in June. This was to be her first baby.

    I do not let my daughter-in-law anywhere near our goats. I'd better be safe then sorry. Please do double check with your doctor.
     
  14. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
    I think her doc wasn't sure and told her not to overdo? You know . . . a veterinarian might actually know more when it comes to this issue, so that might be the doc to talk to :)

    I do think toxoplasmosis is discussed in one of those links above.
     
  15. kids-n-peeps

    kids-n-peeps New Member

    477
    Aug 24, 2009
    Virginia
  16. goatkid

    goatkid New Member

    131
    Jan 17, 2009
    Montana
    Don't handle Lute or Oxytocin and pasteurize any goat milk you drink. Other than that, you should be fine. There is a lady I know on another forum who has a dairy and also has children every year or two. I think she's expecting her 11th now.
     
  17. redsticker

    redsticker Member

    115
    May 7, 2009
    SE Louisiana
    Thanks for all the advice, info and congrats! Looks like I won't have to worry about too much since they'll still be babies while I'm pregnant so no goats milk or lute/oxytocin. I'll let my hubby handle any wormers/meds and heavy lifting. I'm thinking I may need to postpone getting chicks till after my pregnancy, though.