Pregnancy is the time when women should be extra cautious about everything they do. From a healthy diet to daily mundane activities, everything affects the growth and development of a baby. So, we have compiled a list of things you should completely avoid doing during pregnancy and add them to your ‘not-to-do’ list.
1) Foods to avoid
During pregnancy, avoid consumption of:
Deli meat: Deli meat can be contaminated with Listeria, a bacteria that can get into the placenta and infect your developing baby. Further, an infected uterus can lead to blood poisoning and severely harm your baby.
Raw meat and shellfish: Avoid consuming uncooked seafood, including mussels, oysters, and clams. Also, resist eating rare and undercooked beef and poultry as these foods can be contaminated with salmonella and toxoplasmosis.
Raw eggs: Raw eggs pose a risk of salmonella. Thus, be wary of Hollandaise sauces, homemade Caesar dressings, and mayonnaise.
Soft Cheese: Steer clear from some imported soft cheese such as Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola, Camembert, and Brie, as they can have Listeria. Avoid Mexican cheese such as queso fresco and queso blanco, unless they’re prepared from pasteurized milk.
Unpasteurized Dairy: These products may also contain Listeria.
Fish with high levels of mercury: This includes shark, king mackerel, tilefish, and swordfish.
You may find this list long and extensive, but there are plenty of healthy nutrition choices available. Try including following in your daily diet plan:
lots of fresh vegetables and fruits
2) Resist consumption of caffeine in excess
It is a diuretic and a stimulant, which means drinking a few cups of coffee every day can increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and the number of trips to the restroom.
While you may function fine while being caffeinated, your growing baby doesn’t. It’s because your baby’s metabolism is still in a developing state.
Though, you don’t have to forego caffeine completely: Moderate levels of caffeine, defined as 150 to 300 milligrams a day, should be okay. Just remember that caffeine isn’t only found in coffee and tea, you can find it in sodas, chocolate, and even in certain over-the-counter medicines.
3) Avoid certain medications
There are medications that can cause harm to your growing baby. So, before taking any over-the-counter medications and supplements, consult your doctor.
4) Avoid wearing stilettos
During pregnancy, stick to heels with a 3-inch heel or less. Consider kitten heels, wedges, and platforms. As your belly grows, your center of gravity changes, and you may find yourself a little unsteady while standing on your feet.
5) No hot tub or sauna
When you feel pain and aches during pregnancy, letting your body hang loose in a hot tub may seem ideal. But an upraised body temperature during the first trimester may lead your pregnancy to certain birth defects. Resist taking a hot tub bath, which usually has a water temperature around 104°F. Instead, you can try taking a warm bath.
6) Don’t change the cat litter
Even if you must, wear gloves and wash your hands well afterwards. Cat feces can transmit toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease.
7) Don’t try secondhand smoke:
If you are smoking during pregnancy, it can get terrible for you and your baby. In addition to this, you must know that second smoke can be equally harmful. It’s because second-hand smoke roughly contains 4,000 chemicals, and some of them have been associated with cancer.
Exposure to second-hand smoke during pregnancy can lead you to:
low birth weight
learning or behavioral issues as the baby grows
sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
8) Don’t stay in the same position for too long:
Staying in the same position during pregnancy, whether seated or standing, can be problematic. It can cause certain health issues like swollen ankles and vein problems. Thus, try taking short breaks often.
Remember that you won’t stay pregnant forever. Hang in there, and understand that all of these off-limits foods and activities will soon be available to you as you become a mother. Though, you can choose what right activities you want to carry after pregnancy.