Originally Posted by jenatronQT3.14159
I would be cautious doing any pond maintenance now that there are fish in it, since you are pregnant. I can't vouch for whether it's true or not, but apparently pregnant women aren't supposed to clean fish tanks, which should include fish ponds. I've heard it many times, and my mother was told this by her OB. It may be a silly or untrue (I don't know for sure), but I feel it's a "rather be safe than sorry" issue.
I had never heard that! But I have never been pregnant, so maybe that is not such a shock!
However, mid winter is not a great time for pond cleaning (for humans or fish) and the OP is due to give birth fairly soon, so hopefully it wont be an issue by Spring. I do my cleaning in the Fall, after I bring my fish in for the winter. With a lighter scrub-out in the Spring a few weeks before they all go back in. Depending on the size of her pond, and if it is a hardsided pond or has a liner, her cleaning plan may be quite different.