Feb 19th 2019 Back to latest news
New parents frequently ask if it’s safe to visit Farmer Palmer’s when pregnant . . . read on to find out why the answer is YES!
You may be worried that when you’re pregnant that visiting a farm park could harm your baby.
Being pregnant and coping with all the confusing and conflicting emotions is tough, especially when you’ve got other children to look after too!
It’s often a relief taking your kids to somewhere they can play and learn with animals, it keeps them busy and brings some calm into your world (always needed when you’re a busy mum).
But is it really safe when you’ve got a new one on the way? YES!
The good news is, that pregnant women are safe to visit our farm park.
So you and your kids can get away from it all and enjoy your precious pregger months together.
That means you still get to Oooh and Aaah over the lambs…
One of the popular things about visiting our farm park is lambs. It’s impossible to not love them – they’re fluffy and bounce around kicking their legs about. This gets an ‘aaaaw’ from even the grumpiest people.
Be warned that if you’re within the nesting stage of pregnancy you may want to take all the animals home – this is not advisable 🙂
So while it is safe to visit our farm park, let’s talk about some of the things you need to be aware of.
When animals are giving birth, the risk you have may have heard about is that their placenta could carry infection. (Toxoplasmosis). These bacteria can be harmful to you when you’re pregnant.
So pregnant mothers should avoid animals that are giving birth or have recently given birth, just in case you pick any infection up from that placenta.
So here’s what we do to keep you safe: WE ARE ALL OVER THIS! At Farmer Palmer’s we put your safety first, so no matter how small the risk, it’s something we take very seriously. Therefore we ensure that lambing does not take place in normal public areas i.e. Animal Barn.
If we have have an opportunity to show you lambing ewes, you will be notified of the area to avoid and all pens are double fenced. Our staff have precaution procedures in place to avoid cross contamination. JOB DONE!
It’s important to know that this isn’t only for lambs and sheep, the risk is there for cattle and goats too. And it’s not only in the spring, it can be all year round.
The number of human pregnancies affected by infected animals is statistically incredibly low.
When visiting other Farm Parks, make sure that the farm park you are planning on visiting uses the same precautions we do to keep you safe.
If you’re ever unsure, a quick phone call to check is always the best option.
And of course, if you have a fever, influenza-like symptoms or are worried you may have picked up an infection…seek out medical advise as soon as possible.
We’re family focused at Farmer Palmer’s and strive to keep everyone safe, especially the unborn future animal fans who will be visiting us soon!
If you have any questions at all, get in touch – we love hearing from you.
Otherwise, we hope to see you, your family and your beautiful bump soon!
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