Dos and Don’ts in Pregnancy You Should Know About

 

Being a woman, regardless of the sport or work you may be engaged in, pregnancy will always be associated with us. And most of us even feel excited about pregnancy announcement ideas even if it does not concern us. And if you have plans of having a family in the future or would like to raise a child of your own, there are some pregnancy basics that you should know about. Just like motorcycle riding basics, pregnancy basics include a list of things you should and should not do while pregnant. And I thought of sharing some of this important information to other women.

Dos

  • Have a monthly regular checkup with your doctor to monitor your progress and the development of your unborn baby. This is also one way to detect and prevent any complications associated with your condition.
  • Take a recommended daily allowance for folic acid and other vitamins to avoid the risk of your child developing spinal bifida or other conditions associated with vitamin deficiency.
  • Eat healthy and get plenty of exercise. Your diet should include a combination of fruits, vegetables, protein and fiber. Also get plenty of daily exercise by walking or doing light exercises.

Don’ts

  • Consume alcohol. As much as possible, avoid alcohol consumption because at certain levels, it may cause birth defects like slow learning abilities and even mental retardation. There is no clear information as to how much is too much. So to be on the safe side, avoid any alcoholic drinks while pregnant.
  • Smoking. Smoking can pose health risks to a person even while not pregnant. And when a pregnant woman smokes, it may result to period while pregnant which is actually a sign of miscarriage or premature delivery of the baby.
  • Taking illegal drugs. The same with smoking, illegal drugs is something you should not use even when you are not pregnant because of the associated health risks. Among pregnant women, illegal drug abuse may result in low birth rate and other complications.
  • Exposure to heat. Hot baths, sauna and heated pools are not good for pregnant women. Too much heat may result in the overheating of the uterus which may ultimately lead to the death of the unborn baby.
  • Extreme exercise. Light exercises are recommended for a healthy pregnancy, but not extreme exercises which will put your heart rate at more than 160 bpm as it may cause hypolexia in the unborn baby. Hypolexia is a condition where oxygen in the body cannot freely flow to the brain, which results to brain damage.
  • Massage by untrained persons. This is especially true for those who are used to getting a personal massage at home by their spouses. Doing so may trigger certain pressure points in the uterus which can result to preterm labor.
  • Standing for long hours. Standing for long hours may not be fatal for you and your baby, but it may result in the development of unsightly varicose veins in the legs and feet.
  • X-rays. As much as possible, avoid x-rays while pregnant unless your abdomen is covered with a lead apron. X-rays emit radiation which may cause birth defects on babies.

This is list is not all-encompassing. If you would consult your doctor, you may learn of other dos and don’ts that you should observe when pregnant.

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