would you watch a movie if you are pregnant?

Philippines
August 26, 2008 5:56pm CST
hi there? i have a question. would you watch a movie if you are pregnant? i don't mean watching a movie on dvd, but watching a movie in a theater. i dunno, i just have this notion that the moviehouse is a concentrated place of viruses and germs, i mean people sit there for hours and if they are sick, who knows how much bacteria etc are there. and when one is pregnant, one is susceptible to like even the common cold, fever, etc. and then, of course, we cannot take medicines. so i opted to stay away from theaters while i am pregnant, even though there had been so many nice movies showing. but my sister in law says that i may be too paranoid and my baby would be "too clean" and not build up, you know, immunity, etc. well, i brought it up to my husband and he said, well we can wait after the first trimester, which is the critical part of the baby's growing up and the pregnancy. so what do you think guys? if you had been pregnant, did you still go to the movies? take care all and God bless you!
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17 responses
@Hatley (164237)
• Garden Grove, California
13 Oct 08
hi spoiled 311 we cannot live in a germ free bubble so yes, why not go to a movie, you are pregnant not ill, pregnancy is not a disease. You do have to live in the world, a world covered with bacteria and viruses,so build up some immunity and enjoy life. What you should not do when pregnant is visit people in the sick wards of a hospital, as there is where you will pick up some really violent bacteria like staph. Nor should a pregnant woman be around anyone with shingles of chickenpox either. but going to a movie or the theater or shopping those are places you must go at times anyway so just know you are keeping up your immune system.
• United States
30 Sep 08
That's crazy! I went to a Heart concert when I was 4 months pregnant and have been to many movies in the past when pregnant. Pregnancy never put a damper on the activities that I enjoyed. Thank god, only had two kids.
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I was pregnant with my first child when I went to the theater to watch Father of The Bride part 2. There are germs everywhere you go have you ever thought about all the germs on door handles when you go into a store how about on grocery carts germs germs germs. Hand sanitizer and washing your hands is the best way to prevent sickness.
@Samanthavv (1383)
• United States
2 Sep 08
I never really thought of it that way either. I would probably go anyways, I mean, it's very unlikely that it will hurt you unless someone has typhoid or diptheria or something.
@youless (98997)
• Guangzhou, China
30 Aug 08
I think the germs can be available anywhere. I did go to watch the movie when I was pregnant. It's OK for me. We can't stay at home all the time. I love China
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
30 Aug 08
Actually I have. I was 8 months pregnant with my oldest when my husband and I went to see "The Lost World: Jurassic Park". We did worry about germs and such, but we figured it would be a long time before we saw another movie in the theaters as a couple so we decided to go. Ironically it wasn't the movie theater that got me ill while I was pregnant, but rather one of my family members that allowed some kids to visit that happened to be sick. That was a few months before I went to the movies. So germs and illness can be anywhere, even in your own home. Being paranoid about it will only make things worse. Remember plenty of women have been pregnant and given birth to healthy babies even after being out in this germy world. If they can do it, so can you. Good luck!
• United States
27 Aug 08
i think your safe.
@metalhalo (601)
• United States
27 Aug 08
The way I see it is a movie theatre is like any normal public place. I can understand being "paranoid", it comes with the territory of being pregnant and having children. But I really wouldn't worry about it being a breeding ground for germs, diseases or viruses. Every place you go will have something along those lines. Sometimes it's even the "cleanest" places which are the dirtiest...it's all just naked to the eye. I went to the movies frequentely while I was pregnant and I was always fine. Don't be afraid of getting out and having some fun, if you are then pretty soon you'll be paranoid about going ANYWHERE. You need to relax and have as much fun now before the baby comes because then it may be some time till you have some "You" time again. If you're still really concerned about germs and such just carry some anti-bacteria hand cleanser or wipes with you.
• United States
27 Aug 08
I don't think it matters. There are more harmful germs in your house than in a movie theater. You can't get away from them. That is one of the least dirty places and I don't think its at all necessary to stay away for the sake of germs for your baby that is not born. Its a different story however if you take your baby to the movies and let him walk on the sticky dirty floors. Just sayin..
• Canada
27 Aug 08
Don't give up on the cinema unless your baby doc tells you to avoid these things. Baby is safe and sound in your body and my humble opinion is that the theater is a safe place for you to go. If you are really concerned about germs, maybe get yourself some hand sanitizer to use when you are touching things in the theatre (such as the washroom). You would be the one probably most uncomfortable. If you are truly frightened for Baby's well being, then going to a movie would not be enjoyable for you at all. Maybe waiting until you are past the first trimester, is sound advice because being stressed out is not good for Mom or Baby. Best of luck to your growing family.
@APPCHEM (113)
• Pakistan
27 Aug 08
there is no harm watching a movie in a theatre unless it is not scary. When i was pregnant i was not permitted to go out a lot as my hubby used to feel insecure that something will happen to our baby. but its different for everyone. my sister is 8 month pregnant & still she is going to theatres.
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
27 Aug 08
[i]Hi spoiled, hmmm...you have also a point there since we don't know how often they clean all those chairs and if they are spraying it often you know! LOL! we really don't know the cleanliness of any public places, just like public restroom! LOL! ANyway, I've never been pregnant and I never thought about this...LOL! you made me realize it now! LOL[/i]!
@titagdl (136)
• Mexico
27 Aug 08
Well everything you mention is true, there are millions of vruses and germs but not just there, everywhere!!! I recently heard about inspections at hotels and restaurants and we would never EVER go out if you really knew the full extent to the filth in some places and i´m talking about nice expensive places, where you would never expect that. So, if that´s the issue no place is safe so you might as well go out anyways,,,just a tip carry some lysol in your purse anyweays!!!
@Magene (103)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I don't think you have to worry. A theater has as many germs as many public places, and common items you buy in a store could be covered with germs. It's not a bad thing to be worried but don't worry so much about this. However, if I were pregnant I wouldn't go to the movies because I'd rather save the money.
• United States
26 Aug 08
It is normal and understandable to be "paranoid", as your sister-in-law called it, during your first pregnancy - so much is unknown! There are people who agree with her about building immunity and such; I'm one of those people. That's not to say you should intentionally expose yourself/your baby to desperately ill people; you should definitely not! But you can't stop living your life as normally as possible. Kids get sick. Fact of life. Particularly when they start spending time regularly with other kids. Building up their immunity by not becoming a hermit is good for them, as long as you are still responsible. I absolutely went to the movies while pregnant. It's no different, really, than going to a restaurant, store, the mall, etc. Not to mention that once the baby comes, you'll have little choice but to wait for the DVD for most films. Babysitters (and babies!) are expensive, and it will curb your trips to the theater. Also, there ARE medications you can take for illness while pregnant - simply check with your doctor about what is safe for you. Good luck and congrats!
• United States
26 Aug 08
I think you are a new mom and worried about your baby. I do think though as new moms we tend to go overboard on the worries and precautions. I think going to the movies and out to eat are things that will not really harm you or your baby to much. If it makes you feel better take some germx to use after using the bathroom or buying food. I still went out and did the usual things and all three of my children cam out healthy and fine. My last one was a preemie but it was because of a medical condition. It was not caused by germs or anything of that nature. If you are still concerned about this talk to your doctor so he can reassure you or advise you on the do's and don'ts. Congrats on your pregnancy.
@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
26 Aug 08
I'd never thought about it in that way, but I think your SIL is quite right about building up immunity. I have four children, and with our first, I was SO sterile about everything - if she dropped a toy I'd throw it in the sterilising solution before letting her have it back, I'd be scrubbing my hands 50 times a day - and yet she caught everything going! By the time I had the third and fourth children I was far too busy for all the mucking around, and they grew up without any fussy treatment. Neither of them ever caught so much as a sniffle! I think a few 'normal' household germs are good for building up a child's immunity. Going to the theatre should be fine - unless you're aware they've just had an outbreak of bubonic plague there. It's hard not to worry, I know.