Your in-laws and parents must have already given you an epitaph about the list of things you ought not to do when pregnant. Yet, do you really know how many of them are real and how many are mere superstitions? Do listen to your loved ones, but do your own research as well.
There are a few things you should avoid during your pregnancy because they are harmful not only to your health, but also to your baby’s health. Instead, adopt some good habits and focus on improving your overall health as well as well-being.
Here are 5 things you should avoid during pregnancy:
1. Overdoing Caffeine.
Maintaining work-life balance is not an easy task. Coffee comes to our rescue on more than one occasion. While you may chose to continue working up until the day of your delivery, do not maintain your coffee habits.
Caffeine is a stimulant and a diuretic which will increase your heart rate, blood pressure and even the number of trips you take to the bathroom. You can have coffee, but limit yourself to one cup a day. All the better if you can give it up completely during your pregnancy.
2. Stilettos.As your belly grows during pregnancy, your centre of gravity is bound to change. In such a condition, it is not a good idea to wear stilettos. Stick to flats of maximum 3-inch heels such as – kitten heels, platforms and wedges. Also, buy footwear that is one size larger than your normal size because your ankles and toes are going to swell up.
Give up both active as well as passive smoking. Your smoking has direct repercussions on your health and can cause birth defects in your baby. Even when you are in the vicinity of someone else who is smoking, you are prone to roughly 400 chemicals which are linked to cancer. Smoking, whether active or passive, should be completely given up way before you think of getting pregnant.
If you are feeling cold, turn up the heat instead of grabbing a quick drink. Avoid beer, wine and all other liquor during pregnancy. Alcohol travels quickly through your bloodstream and to the placenta as well as the umbilical cord. This can harm your baby’s developing brain and other organs.
Other potential risks include – fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, premature birth, birth defects, stillbirth or miscarriage.
5. Painting the nursery.
Paint has certain chemicals which, when inhaled, can be toxic for you. There is no way to measure the harmful effects that paint has, so it is better to stay away altogether. Find someone else to do the painting for you and make sure that you stay away from it as much as possible.
There is a list of other things that you should probably avoid during pregnancy. While you should definitely pay attention to them, it is imperative that you also look at the positive side of things and take good care of yourself.
Eat nutritious foods, stay hydrated and ask for help when you need it. Pregnancy is not just about your physical well-being but also your mental well-being. You are the only one who can take the best care of yourself and your little one!