Dos and don’ts during pregnancy

  • Jan 06 , 2017

Before your little bundle of joy arrives, you are responsible for helping him or her grow in a nurturing and healthy environment. During pregnancy, you might come across many mood swings, which may lead to cravings for many things you should not be eating. Certain foods and eating patterns can compromise a baby’s development and every mom-to-be should know which habits to adopt or which ones to quit. But it’s equally important to focus on the nutrient-rich foods and healthy habits that will keep you and your baby thriving for the whole nine months.

This list of do’s and don’ts can shed some light on what you should worry about and what you really shouldn’t:

Take vitamins - It's a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal vitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mother’s diet. Prenatal vitamins contain many vitamins and minerals. Their folic acid, iron, iodine, and calcium are especially important.

Choose a good doctor – Choosing a good doctor will help you keep a check on your baby throughout the pregnancy. You will know the proper diet and the ‘to do and not to’ list way better.

Don’t miss any appointment - If someone doesn’t turn up for an appointment there are only a few possible reasons: they forgot; transport failure or they didn’t need the appointment in the first place. But missing an appointment during pregnancy is really unsafe. You need to keep a check on your whole pregnancy to know about the proper health of the mother and the child.

Quit smoke - Smoking during pregnancy is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). SIDS is an infant death for which the cause of the death cannot be found. Babies born to women who smoke are more likely to have certain birth defects, like a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Limit intake of caffeine – If you are pregnant, it is advisable to limit the intake of caffeine. When you drink a cup of coffee, caffeine crosses the placenta into the amniotic fluid and to your baby's bloodstream. While your body goes to metabolising and getting rid of caffeine, your baby's body is still developing and takes a much longer time to process the caffeine. As a result, your baby is exposed to the effects of caffeine for much longer than you are. Mothers who consumed more than 300 mg of caffeine a day were more likely to give birth to babies who were small for their gestational age.

Quit alcohol - Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant may harm your foetus. Alcohol can pass from the mother's blood into the baby's blood and can damage and affect the growth of the baby’s cells. The term foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) describes the range of alcohol effects on a child.

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Stop eating canned and junk food – Nearly all canned food contains an epoxy liner containing BPA, which is an endocrine-disruptor thought to cause reproductive, brain development, and behavioral problems in children. Research has suggested links to a long list of additional medical concerns, including a variety of cancers. 

Drink a lot of water - Drinking enough water prevents dehydration. Dehydration during pregnancy can lead to many complications such as headaches, nausea, cramps and dizziness.

Make sure your activities are pregnancy-safe –Whatever activity you perform will have an impact on the baby. So make sure you perform the act which keeps the baby safe and doesn’t have a false impact on pregnancy.

Work out well - Regular exercise may help you combat many issues that arise during pregnancy, including insomnia, muscle pain, excessive weight gain and mood problems.

Don’t eat raw meat - Raw and undercooked meat and eggs carry the risk of food-borne illness, such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. Food poisoning is also a possibility. These conditions can cause serious, life-threatening illnesses that could lead to severe birth defects and even miscarriage.

Do have sex - Sex during pregnancy is good, as long as you don’t have a complicating factor such as placenta previa or another type of high-risk pregnancy.

Avoid milk and dairy products - Calcium is very important for growing babies, but moms have to be careful from what they are getting the calcium from. Specifically, raw milk may contain listeria. This bacterial illness can lead to illness, miscarriage, or even life-threatening consequences.

Don’t wear too tight clothes – Tight clothes can affect baby bump. Let the baby breathe.