Pregnancy is a time where you have to be careful with yourself. Many factors affect the development of a fetus into a healthy child. Whether you like it or not there some activities you should avoid for the sake of your healthy baby. There are pregnancy risks that you have to aware of.
Pregnancy is a vital moment for you and especially your baby. She will grow and develop inside of you for nine months. Your life will be her life and your heartbeat will be hers too. What you are eating, drinking and doing during pregnancy you must think about and ensure that is healthy. A slight mistake can cause harm for you and your baby. It is wise to make a right decision during pregnancy.
To help you knowing what they are, here is some checklist you might want to consider:
1. Don’t drink alcohol
If you do, you are going to jeopardize your baby’s development. If you don’t want to have low birth weight baby, and having medical problems, better stop drinking once you know that you are pregnant.
2. Don’t smoke
Chemical inhaled while smoking may cause premature birth, miscarriage, bleeding, etc. Also it reduced the amount of oxygen that baby receives. Whoever you are, don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke.
3. Don’t drink coffee
Caffeine in the coffee has been shown to affect fetal heart rates. Caffeine can also increase risk of stretch marks. Coffee makes you feel alert every time and you might not get sound sleep. During pregnancy you need good sleep and rest. If you can’t stop immediately, try to stop gradually.
4. Don’t do too much exercise
No doubt if moderate exercise is helpful for mother’s mental state and can increase oxygen flow to the fetus. However, too much exercise can be dangerous. Better you do activities like walking, swimming, and yoga.
5. Don’t get near to chemicals substance
Be careful with unnatural chemicals, such as pesticides. If you consume vegetables or fruits, don’t forget to wash them. Or remove the outer surface of vegetables or fruit so pesticides which rest on the outside of the vegetable or fruit will be thrown away. Also avoid works that involve using pesticides and insecticides.
6. Unprescribed Medicines
Don’t consume drugs or herbal remedies that are not prescribed by doctors. Even if you are using old medicine, ask your doctors if you can continue them or not. Medicine that is good for your health might affect your unborn baby.
7. Unhealthy foods
Avoid unhealthy foods like junk foods, stale and oily foods. Don’t forget to eat nutritious foods. Good nutrition is crucial to a developing child. At least you consume 400-1000 micrograms of B vitamin (folic acid) which can be taken from leafy vegetables, orange juice, and beans. Drink a lot of water and fresh foods and vegetables. Instead of eating three heavy meals, eat small meals several times a day. Uncooked or under cooked meat or poultry should be avoided as it has risk of contamination with harmful bacteria.
8. Avoid multiple sex partners
Don’t have multiple sex partners which may lead to birth and pregnancy complications cause by STD’s risk. Once you infected by STD, you may have premature baby or low weight baby.
9. Avoid heavy work
Do not do the strenuous works and avoid advanced or heavy exercise. They are not for you at the moment. Exercise is good but you will have to select the right ones. If you do not know which one is right, go to the expert. Also avoid heavy physical work either in your home or in workplace. Don’t carry heavy things and don’t do physical work continuously.
10. Avoid high chemical based products
Do not use cleaning chemicals when you clean the house and garden. Some of them can be dangerous for you. Use mild products to clean house. Avoid them and you will be safe. If possible don’t clean house and garden by yourself using chemical products.
Preventing is better than curing. If you can prevent yourself by not doing those kinds of activities, hopefully you going to have a healthy and normal baby. Try to acknowledge this on your first month of pregnant.