Things You Should Not Do While Pregnant
Each year, there are 130 million new babies born in the world. Although, some argue that this number is actually much higher, as there is a prediction that at least 6 million babies are born but are not registered. So, with all of these births, there are millions of brave women that endure the labor of pregnancy. Pregnancy can be an immense blessing; however, it can also be very restrictive. There are many things that you are not allowed to do, or at least instructed to stay away from while you are expecting. Of course, it is up to the mother to determine whether or not to listen to medical professionals and pregnancy specialists.
In this blog, we will be discussing some of the things you should stay away from while you have a “bun in the oven.” Our hope is that, by reading about the things you should stay away from, you might be able to make smarter and healthier choices for you and your little one.
What You Should Not Eat
At the top of every medical professional’s priority list, it is to tell expecting mother’s what not to eat. Because what you eat can directly affect the baby, it is important that you adhere to prescribed foods and ignore foods on our “bad list.” This list is a run-down of all the problematic foods that could have effects on your fetus. Due to the fact that your baby directly receives nutrients from you, the mother, it is important not to expose your baby to bacteria and chemicals that you may ingest.
- Raw Eggs
- Soft Cheeses
- Raw Meat and Shellfish
Fish: Fish generally will have some level of mercury in it. High-level mercury fish include sharks, king mackerel, swordfish, and tilefish. All of these sea creatures could expose your baby to trace amounts of mercury, which can be extremely unhealthy for a growing fetus. There are low-level mercury fish, such as tuna. However, even this type of fish should be eaten very sparingly.
Raw Eggs: Because raw eggs pose the threat of salmonella, you never want to eat them when you are pregnant. Because of this, hollandaise sauces, custards, eggnog, mayonnaise, and homemade Caesar dressings are all off limits.
Soft Cheeses: Your days of wine and cheese are over — at least for nine months. Soft cheeses can have listeria, which is a type of bacteria. Because it may have this bacteria, it is best to stay away from any soft cheese, such as Roquefort, feta, brie, and gorgonzola. Also, you will want to stay away from any cheese that isn’t made with pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized milk could have a plethora of bacteria that could be harmful to your baby.
Raw Meat and Shellfish: Eating raw meat on any day can be a risk. But when you are pregnant, it is best to be careful. Uncooked fish and meat have the potential to be contaminated with toxoplasmosis or salmonella. Because of this risk, sushi, oysters, mussels, clams, and red meat are all off limits.
Painting Your House or Nursery
If you are pregnant, you finally have a “license” to get out of certain tasks. For instance, if your house needs a fresh coat of paint, or even if your spare bedroom needs to be painted, you can get out of doing the task. There’s no real way to measure toxicity from exposure to paint fumes. Paint toxicity depends on the solvents used, as well as the chemicals in the paint. Most household paints are generally low in toxicity; however, not all paints are made the same. To lower your risk of paint toxicity, it is best to stay away from these types of household tasks. So, while you’re pregnant, don’t be afraid to count yourself out of household tasks, such as painting your nursery or home. Instead, you can relax and enjoy your time off instead.
Stay Away from Stilettos
No one can deny the captivating look of stiletto heels. Unfortunately, when you become pregnant, your center of gravity changes. Due to the change of balance, the added weight, and your swollen ankles, stilettos are no longer a reliable or safe footwear option. Besides, the larger you grow, the less likely you will want to wear any heels at all.
Stilettos won’t have an effect on your health, per se. However, the stress of wearing too- high shoes can change your mood. Also, because you will no longer be stable in your high-heeled shoes, you are at a greater risk of falling and hurting yourself.
When you are pregnant, you have to assume that anything you do to your body, the baby will experience the consequences. Though hot tubs and saunas are quite enjoyable, they are dangerous for pregnant women, especially those in their first trimester. When you step into a hot tub or a sauna, you are essentially exposing your body to extremely high temperatures. As a result, your body is internally and externally heated, your heart rate increases, and you will sweat as a way for your body to cool itself down. This increase in temperature can be dangerous and cause certain birth defects in babies, especially those developing in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. So, instead of going into a hot tub or a sauna, you can just take hot baths. Baths are a great way to relax and heat your body, without causing any harm to your baby. Of course, you may not be able to take baths throughout your pregnancy, as the bigger you grow, the less likely you will be able to enter and exit your tub safely.
When you are pregnant, being on a trampoline isn’t recommended. During your first trimester, many physicians will recommend staying away from any jumping or intense physical activity. Of course, since the fetus is only just beginning to grow, there are some instances where you can still workout and bounce on a trampoline. This can happen when you are unaware that you are pregnant and still going about your day-to-day life. When you <b<do find out you are pregnant, you should refrain from jumping for the remainder of your pregnancy. During the second and third trimesters, you will gain weight and change your center of gravity and your posture. Balance is one of the first things that are altered during a pregnancy, which can make you more at risk for falling. Because of this, it is important that you don’t partake in any physical activities that could jeopardize your baby.
We will continue discussing why trampolining while pregnant can be dangerous for you and your baby, as well as other activities you should not do while you are pregnant.
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