What Not To Do When Pregnant

by thooghun

Learn what not to do when pregnant in order to ensure both a baby and mother-safe pregnancy with the aid of this concise little guide.

Absolutely Forbidden

Avoid these at all costs

This article begins with a mandatory set of absolute no-nos with regards pregnancy and gradually move towards practices which may not be critical, but can help avoid long and short term problems. Without further a-do, here's a concise list of what not to do when pregnant.

  • Going Overboard With Alcohol - While a glass or two now and then probably won't interfere with a baby's growth and development, bear in mind that what the mother drinks, so in part does the child. Drinking throughout the course of pregnancy can lead to foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by severe life-long handicaps for the child. Britain's NHS recommends no more than two units of alcohol once or twice a week (equivalent to roughly a pint of peer). 
  • not to do when pregnantDouble Check Your Medication - If you take prescription medication, make sure you double-check them with your doctor to make sure they will not interfere with pregnancy. If a doctor is currently out of reach and you're wondering how to cure some common ailments check this safe medication list for pregnancy.
  • Be Frank With Your Doctor - Common viruses such as herpes can potentially lead to severe complications. 
  • Contact Sports And Amusement Parks - Any kind of activity that could lead to abdominal trauma could potentially damage both you and the baby. There is also the hotly debated question of whether or not an increase in body temperature can cause complications. 
  • Illegal Drugs - Virtually every illegal recreational drug. Unchecked drug abuse can will lead nerve damage in fetuses, birth defects and growth impairment. Note: Even "legal" drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are risky. 

Things To Avoid

Things to resist whenever possible

The following past-times, hobbies, foods and addictions carry a measure of risk, especially if left unchecked, but are not quite as critical as those listed above. 

  • Watch Your Diet - Good and bad foods for pregnancy warrant an article all by themselves! Some common examples of foods which should be avoided are hot-dogs, fish (if they are likely to contain mercury), raw eggs (salmonella), soft cheese (listeria), raw meat and pasteurized foods. For the curious, here is a pregnancy food checklist
  • coffee caffeine pregnancyCaffeine - The two main risks with drinking a lot of coffee are that of either a miscarriage or reducing blood flow to the placenta. This does not mean that you can't drink any coffee however, but it would be wise to avoid overdoing it. The effects of caffeine in pregnancy are still hotly debated, but the consensus is that in large quantities it can be ruinous. 
  • Smoking And Second-Hand Smoke - I was unsure whether or not to include this in the forbidden section or not, and perhaps it should be. Statistics show that only 18-25% of mothers stop smoking during pregnancy, despite the hazardous risks. The chemicals contained in cigarettes and second-hand smoke can lead to a vast spectrum of complications, including; miscarriages, premature births, brain damage and nerve damage. 
  • Supplements - While it is important to eat (enough for two) a healthy and balanced diet, certain supplements such as Vitamin A can be harmful. It is always advisable to double check with your doctor before continuing your daily supplement therapy. In most cases a doctor will give you a checklist of prenatal vitamins to take. 
  • Avoid Undue Stress - Frankly, there may or may not be much you can do about bouts of anxiety in the short-term, but long-term tension can depress your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness. 
  • Raising Your Body Temperature - A moderately high (102 degrees Fahrenheit +) body temperature can damage the fetus. Possible culprits are strenuous exercise, fevers and saunas!

Things You Can And Should Do

Some rules of thumb and general pregnancy tips

While many mothers are terrified of exercise, remaining active is advisable because it can make labor easier and lessen discomfort.. You should also develop a schedule with regards to regular prenatal exams and checkups, and make sure you have all the dietary information you need!

Beyond being informed, don't let anyone bully or boss you around. You will need plenty of rest and sleep, a balanced diet and plenty of fluids. 

This concludes this little article, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did writing it! Please, if you have any additional tips, criticisms or questions, feel free to use the comment section below!


Updated: 01/07/2012, thooghun
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