WOW!! Haven't been on MN for ages and start 2 threads in a couple of days! Not bad going!!
I'm off camping this weekend (providing weather isn't bad) with my family and some friends, but the campsite is on a working farm. We booked this trip a couple of weeks ago BEFORE i found out i am pregnant (5 weeks). I know there is a risk to unborn babies when sheep are lambing, but how about the rest of the time? Does anyone out there know!!??!!??!
Not very enthusiastic about going coz I know I'll worry the whole time I'm there. Don't want anything to happen to Baby.
I would say you will be fine, as long as you take reasonable precautions - eg stay away from any poo (including removing it from kids' feet - leave that to your dh ), and don't pet/touch the animals. I would also be wary of using farm produce (eg eggs) although I'm sure with all the stringent H&S stuff they have to go through these days that it'll all be fine. If you do use farm eggs make sure they are washed before you handle them.
As you said, the main farm problem if you're pregnant is in lambing season - you musn't come into contact with new born lams or afterbirth (why would you??!). it's the only specific warnig I've ever seen at children's farms wrt pregnancy.
Other than that, I think it's just sensible precautions wrt cleanliness and palming off any poo related jobs onto your DH (just because you've got an excuse!).
Thank you Miaou and emmatmg. Great advice. Will make sure I'm extra careful. I'm not a big "nature" person anyway, in fact I'm amazed I was talked into camping at all, pregnant or not!
emmatmg - the campsite we are going to is near Eastbourne, called Fairfields Farm. We found it on www.ukcampsite.co.uk which is a great website. You can put in where you want to go and it will give you loads of sites in that area.
Sorry to bring this thread back to the top (!) but just wanted to let thoses who gave me advice know that I did it and all went well (I think!). Didn't get close to animals, although DS's and DH went fishing a couple of times so i ordered them to scrub their hands when they returned. As it turned out the only thing i had to worry about was the blow-up bed deflating and the bloody geese wondering around (have a phobia of large birds!). Thank you everyone who gave me words of advice last week. xx