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Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

PregnancyWhile pregnancy is one of the best parts of your life, it does come with its own share of do’s and don’ts. And while there are no hard and fast rules to going about it, there are a few things you need to abstain from. However, don’t feel too bad about it as you can always go back to your old ways once the pregnancy days are over. Here are some of these things you need to avoid:

Foods

Certain foods will need to be avoided including eating raw uncooked meat (read sushi), shellfish, undercooked beef and poultry as they may be contaminated with salmonella or toxoplasmosis. Raw eggs, smoked seafood, deli meats (salami) and fishes with high mercury levels are also a no-no. Other foods best avoided include unpasteurized dairy and soft cheeses like feta, Roquefort, etc.

Paint

While there is no confirmed measure of toxicity from paints, it’s wiser to keep away from painting the nursery or refurbishing your house at this time. Solvents and chemical fumes from the paints can prove to be dangerous to pregnant women.

Caffeine

Don’t overdo it on your favourite cup of Joe as they increase your blood pressure, heart rate as well as increase your trips to the loo. The caffeine can cross the placenta and affect your baby’s under-developed metabolism, and while you can take a couple of cups, do remember that caffeine is present in not only tea or coffee but also in sodas and chocolates too.

Second-hand smoke

While smoking is bad for you and your baby, second-hand smoke is also terrible. It contains about 4000 chemicals, some of which are cancerous. It can lead to miscarriage, low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome, learning issues in the child, etc.

Drinking

Avoid all forms of alcohol during pregnancy as it crosses the placenta very quickly and adversely affects the baby’s developing brain, causing brain damage, birth defects, premature births, stillbirths, etc.

Medications

Certain medicines, x-rays and radiological procedures are harmful during pregnancy. Do let your doctor know you are pregnant.

Hot tub

While it can be very relaxing, the hot temperatures can lead to certain birth defects too.

Sedentary

Don’t sit or stand around for too long while pregnant as it can lead to swollen ankles and vein issues. Keep moving around and take breaks to put your feet up.

Avoid heels

As your weight increases, your center of gravity changes, making you unsteady on your feet. To avoid painful feet and swollen ankles go for low heels or flip-flops instead.