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Things You Shouldn’t Do While Pregnant

Things You Shouldn’t Do While Pregnant

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Things You Shouldn’t Do While Pregnant
Being pregnant is a magical time and one that you should truly embrace. It’s a life-altering event, one that will make you learn more about yourself – your strength, character and body and one that should serve to bring you closer to your partner, not forgetting, at the end of the nine months, you’ll have a beautiful baby – your own flesh and blood – in your arms!
Now for everything to progress smoothly, there are certain dos and don’ts – rules you should adhere to whilst you’re pregnant. Some are more obvious – hopefully common sense should prevail – whilst the others are constantly being debated: is it ok, should it be avoided, is it fine in moderation? During the course of this article we’ll aim to answer some of these questions and expel some of the myths regarding what you should steer clear of during your pregnancy. We’re not only going to touch on food and drinks. We’re going to delve into different processes – things you may do regularly without thinking when not carrying – things that now have a danger sign associated with them because you’re pregnant.
Check out this article and be mindful of these points, because after all, you’d want to do everything possible to keep your fetus, your soon-to-be baby in good health.
1)    Consume Alcohol
Drinking alcohol is a big no-no and should be avoided throughout your entire pregnancy. People may believe a glass or two is fine, especially wine – it’s good for the heart right? Maybe so, but whilst your pregnant, lock the bottles up in your drinking cabinet. The assumption that the occasional glass of vino – or any alcohol for that matter – does no harm, is just that, an assumption, and a wrong one at that. Whilst you and your liver might be able to process a couple of glasses now and again without any problems, this isn’t the case for your baby’s developing liver, and since alcohol crosses the placenta, drinking poses a direct risk to your baby. Now, there’s no specific number of units that’s considered safe for pregnant women and there’s no recommended amount so we’re not saying that the one-drink limit should be stringently stuck to. But why take the risk? There’s numerous evidence correlating alcohol consumption with deformities, certain defects and behavioural disorders, so be safe and not sorry and just avoid alcohol.
2)    Cigarettes 
Now this one’s fairly obvious. We’re not here to preach, but smoking isn’t great for your health anyway, but now you’re pregnant, it’s definitely time to ditch the cigarette sticks. Apparently, every cigarette you smoke takes about an hour off your life; we don’t want to be morbid or be reduced to scaremongering, but even if this is somewhat true, imagine what it’s doing to your fetus – a fetus that hasn’t even begun its life – in the full sense – yet! Let’s tell you. Low birth weight, a premature birth, respiratory problems and in the worst case scenarios, sudden infant death syndrome and miscarriages are all serious possibilities – all linked to smoking.
If you’re not a smoker, don’t start now, and if you do smoke, use being pregnant as an incentive to quit – it’s probably the best incentive you’ll ever have.
There’s certainly no disagreements here. Just keep this is mind: every cigarette you put in the bin instead of between your lips is good news for you and your baby.
3)    Drugs
Another obvious one here, but one that must be on this list all the same. Any drug – including prescription drugs I might add, cross the placenta and could potentially harm the developing fetus. Now of course, illegal drugs, drugs that have a greater risk of harming you, also have a greater risk of harming your fetus. But over-the-counter drugs, drugs that can usually be obtained with a prescription, also have an element of risk involved if taking them while pregnant. That’s why it’s vitally important to consult your physician and make it clear that you are pregnant when purchasing any drugs and medicines, and if these drugs may be potentially harmful, your physician will be able to carefully monitor the dosages or prescribe you with alternative medication. Different drugs can have different consequences. We don’t want to go too much into it because just thinking about any potential problems can be upsetting. Just steer clear of drugs and ensure you involve the experts when thinking about taking any medication.
4)    Sun Bathing For Too Long
We’re not telling you to lock yourself away and wear long sleeves and sun hats whenever you go out during your pregnancy. But you do have to be more mindful of the sun, especially when going out and about for extended periods. It’s a fact that your skin is more sensitive to the elements during your pregnancy. The scorching sun therefore poses problems. It can cause heatstroke – very dangerous for a fetus, because after all, a healthy mother means that having a healthy baby is more likely. High temperatures can even lead to babies being born with low IQs, a low birth weight and behavioural problems. If you live somewhere hot and sunny, try to avoid spending all day under the sun. Keep to the shade as much as possible, stay cool and well dehydrated and don’t be tempted to get your tan going – your baby’s health is far more important than some summer colour.
5)    Too Much Caffeine
In the case of pregnant women, too much caffeine means anything in excess of 200mg a day – that’s a can of coke, a couple of teas or a small chocolate bar – something that shouldn’t be too difficult to stick to. So for those of you that love to start off your day with a steaming mug of coffee, you don’t have to substitute this for a glass of water instead. Just cut down your caffeine intake. Limit yourself to a little something in the morning, sip it slowly so that it lasts, savour the taste and then eventually, you’ll learn to make do. If you’re a big caffeine drinker and you don’t think you can reduce your intake using the slowly-slowly approach, summon up all your willpower and go cold turkey, drinking alternatives like decaffeinated drinks or herbal teas instead. High amounts of caffeine can cause a number of problems, so avoid the risks and cut down.
6)    Eat Everything And Anything
The term ‘eating for two’ is often used by a lot of pregnant women as an excuse to gorge themselves on their favourite treats. But this can be dangerous, as there is a pretty extensive list of foods that should be avoided. Foods that have a high concentration of potentially harmful bacteria; certain mouldy cheeses, raw meat and fish (shellfish is a no-no!) and other food and drinks potentially ladened with harmful bacteria shouldn’t be consumed. Basically, foods that could be potentially harmful to your health, could be much worse for your fetus. Also, even if you don’t currently abide by a kitchen hygiene code of conduct, make sure you start. Follow all the basic hygiene practices; wash your hands before and after cooking, wash your fruit and veg, clean work surfaces (not by using any harsh chemical cleaning products!) and just generally be safe and clean when it comes to dealing with things you’re putting into your body.
7)    Spend Lots Of Time In Busy Areas
Now this point was a tricky one to title. We’re not advising you to spend all day indoors with the windows shut. But if you live in a built-up area, or an area where there’s lots of traffic and therefore lots of pollution, it’s best to steer clear of these areas as much as possible, especially during the first three months of your pregnancy. Pregnant women who have had exposure to elevated levels of ozone air pollution within the first trimester, are at greater risk of developing problems and complications whilst giving birth. Preeclampsia and even miscarriages could occur due to the effects of environmental pollution – it’s impossible to say whether or not pollution is solely responsible for these potential problems developing, but numerous scientific studies conclude that it certainly poses a risk to a mother for a safe and complication-free pregnancy. It’s easier said than done and can’t always be helped, but minimise your exposure to these polluted areas if you can.
8)    Getting Stressed
Again, easier said than done, but it’s recommended that you make a conscious effort to stay chilled, relaxed and pass through your pregnancy as serenely as possible. Getting depressed (antenatal depression is more common than you think; pregnancy isn’t a joyous occasion for everyone, so if you or someone else recognise that you’re getting depressed, seek some help! you’re not alone!), or overly worked up and stressed could pose a number of problems and adversely affect your wellbeing and your unborn baby’s health. But what is too stressed? Being too stressed is impossible to quantify – stress levels and stress management varies from person-to-person, but if you find that you’re clenching your jaw, or tearing out your hair in angst – more frequently than normal, do whatever you need to do to make the stress melt away. Take a walk, do some yoga, or put on some soothing music. Bottom line, being pregnant can be stressful, so you deserve plenty of time to just put your feet up.

9)    Dieting
Being pregnant certainly isn’t the time to go on a diet. Those of you worrying about your weight remember, you’re carrying your soon-to-be baby inside you so putting on up to 26lb is therefore completely normal. Your body’s going to be storing fat, making preparations to make breast milk and will be doing everything possible to support your fetus from a nutritional standpoint. Diet, and you may end up being deficient in some important vitamins and minerals, such as iron – important for the function of red blood cells which carry oxygen, and folic acid – deficiency of which can cause neural tube defects. Just ensure you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Eat as you normally would (if this is healthy!) and don’t embark on any drastic dietary programs. Eating a little more than you normally would is expected and perfectly fine. Consume an extra 300 calories a day, but staying healthy is the most important thing.
10) Chill Out in a Hot Tub, Sauna or Steam Room
By all means go the gym, partake in some moderate forms of excise – we’ll get onto that later – but at the end of it when you want to chill out, relax and perhaps detox in a steam room or sauna, choose an alternative option. Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms are meant to be very hot – hot enough to make you sweat and detoxify. Much like sun bathing can, this can raise your core body temperature, potentially to a dangerous level. Any raise in core body temperature is dangerous, but more so when pregnant. It can cause dehydration and harm you, therefore potentially harming your developing fetus. The risks are greater during the first trimester of your pregnancy, but it’s advised to avoid saunas during your whole pregnancy – just in case. Choose another method to soothe your pregnancy aches and pains. Heat pads and even a water bottle held to the aching muscles is a great way to loosen muscles and ease any cramps and pains.
11) Avoid Ignoring Any Danger Signs
Despite you not wanting to bother your doctor, call him or her up over every little thing. Don’t let this stop you getting yourself checked out if you think something is wrong. You’ll know when something isn’t quite right, when those aches and pains become difficult to handle or when you’re getting excessive cramps or sickness. The worst thing that you can do in this situation is ignore it. So don’t turn a blind eye to everything, thinking that your doctor is sick and tired of your winging. They’re not and would definitely rather you waste their time with something that could be sorted out in a couple of minutes, then you not go in for something that could be potentially serious. Be safe, not sorry, and if you feel that something isn’t all too well, don’t shrug it off – get checked out as you could save yourself a whole lot of discomfort.
12) Sweep Yourself Off Your Feet
Don’t try and fit too much into your day during your pregnancy. Try and relax, take it easy – you deserve it. Attempting to do too much, flitting about here and there and living a fast paced life can really drag you down, raise your stress levels, and cause a whole lot of other problems. Lay back a little and palm some of your work off onto someone else’s shoulders, you’re already dealing with a lot. We’re not saying slob out in front of the TV all day, although every once in a while this can really help! Every woman lives life at a different pace. Don’t suddenly jump into the fast lane when you’re used to cruising at a steady pace. But it’s also important to keep yourself busy because you don’t want your mind to wander too much (anxiety or depression might set in) – it’s a fine balance and one that you must learn to recognise.
13) Strenuous Exercise
Exercise is good – go for a moderate intensity walk or doing a few stretches and a light workout can do wonders for your health and your baby’s. But push it too far, and it really could cause more harm than good. There’s no need to do Olympic style workouts whilst you’re pregnant. Ordinarily, bouts of strenuous exercise can be great for your health. But it’s important to stay away from the heavy stuff; no heavy weightlifting, awkward exercises or marathons. There are a number of reasons why: lifting weights could result in direct trauma through falling or improper lifting techniques – there’s a greater risk of injury while you’re pregnant because your sense of balance and centre of gravity will change; dehydration is another factor due to the same reasons mentioned previously in this article; a prolonged period of decreased blood flow to the uterus – blood goes to the muscles that are being worked, so doing a long workout would reduce the amount going to your uterus for your developing fetus. So exercise, but don’t train Olympic style!
14) Clean Your Cat Litter Box
You’re pregnant, relaxing at home on the sofa and your feline friend comes into the room. You scoop him/her up into your lap and have a little cuddle. That’s perfectly fine and it can be a great de-stressing tool. Enjoy your cat’s company, but when it comes to cleaning up after your cat, leave this job to someone else. Toxoplasma gondii is a nasty little parasite that can, in reality, infect all warm-blooded animals, but cats are its primary host. Since we love keeping cats as pets, Toxoplasmosis is also a very common human infection. But don’t worry, you won’t have to keep your cat at arm’s length. The only way it can be transmitted is through contact with cat litter – cat faeces that come from a cat infected with the parasite. If you get infected, worst case scenarios could result in: miscarriage, stillbirth or it could cause birth defects. Just leave the discarding of your cat litter to someone else – it’s an unglamorous job anyway!!
15) Have Vitamin A Supplements

Supplements such as vitamin A, meant to do good, can actually have the opposite effect if taken at certain instances during your pregnancy. The unsaturated nutritional organic compounds: retinol, retinal, retinoic acid and the others in vitamin A supplements have very important functions, but if you consume vitamin A in excess – just as little as 4 times the recommended dietary allowance of 700 micrograms, it could have toxic effects to your unborn baby, especially during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Many pregnant women – but people in general – overlook this potential risk, thinking that more – especially more vitamins – is better. We’re all guilty of it. But remember that we’re getting vitamin A from natural food sources – which is completely fine – so taking more in the form of capsules could push you over the edge of your RDA. Just ensure you eat normally, start reading packaging to check you’re not overloading on vitamin A, and consult your physician if you’re contemplating taking any supplement.

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