Pregnancy can be one of the best times in a woman’s life, as you cherish the feeling of nurturing your baby in your womb. However, there are also a number of activities that pregnant women should not participate in to avoid causing any complications with their pregnancy. Here are 5 such activities to avoid while you are pregnant.
1. Avoid painting the nursery
Paints are toxic and exposure to fumes from paints can be harmful to you and to the baby as well. However, the toxicity from the paints depends on the solvents and chemical composition of the paint itself and the duration of exposure. The household painting has low exposure level, but it is the safest course to avoid it altogether.
2. Don’t have too much caffeine
Drinking your usual amount of coffee during pregnancy can increase your heart rate and blood pressure. And, while you can work fine with your coffee, your baby cannot. Caffeine passes through the placenta and your baby’s metabolism is still developing, so you should avoid excess of coffee intake. Moderate levels (150-300mg) a day, should be fine.
3. Don’t wear stilettos
Stick to heels with a 3-inch heel or less: Think kitten heels, wedges, and platforms. As your belly grows, your center of gravity will change. So, you may find yourself a little unsteady on your feet. Add to that swollen ankles, and living in your flip flops might become the only option.
4. Don’t drink
It is a well-known fact that you should prohibit yourself from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. Alcohol passes quickly from your bloodstream through the placenta and umbilical cord to your baby, and this can harm your developing baby’s brain and organs. Other effects that alcohol may have are premature birth, birth defects and even miscarriage.
5. Avoid Roller Coasters
A trip to your local amusement park may have been a fun activity for you pre-pregnancy, but it’s recommended to avoid this when you’re expecting. The jarring, starting and stopping of a roller coaster can put pressure on the uterus. Too much pressure can lead to a separation of the placenta from the uterus, known as placental abruption. As your baby’s lifeline, it is vitally important for the placenta to remain intact to continue nourishing your growing baby.