There aren’t many hard and fast rules about what not to do during your pregnancy, beyond abstaining from alcohol and drugs, of course. For the most part, you can continue with your pre-pregnancy life. But because the health and safety of your growing baby is essential, Affinity Physicians for Women has compiled a list of 11 things not to do while pregnant.
“Being pregnant is so wonderful…but can be confusing too!” said Dr. Shannon Price. “There’s an overload of information about what you should and should not be doing. We can help de-mystify this for our patients.”
- Don’t Eat These Foods: The biggest list of don’ts for pregnant women involves food.
During your pregnancy, you should avoid:
- Raw meat and shellfish
- Deli meat
- Fish with high levels of mercury
- Smoked seafood:
- Raw eggs
- Soft cheeses
- Unpasteurized dairy
It seems extensive, but there are still plenty of great nutrition choices during your pregnancy. While it’s always important to eat a balanced diet, pregnancy is an especially critical time.
- Don’t Paint the Nursery - There’s no way to measure toxicity from actual exposure to paint, so this recommendation is based on the likelihood of toxicity. Don’t Over Do it on the Caffeine - It’s a stimulant and a diuretic, which means drinking your usual few cups of coffee every day will increase your blood pressure, heart rate, and the number of trips you make to the restroom.
- Don’t Take Certain Medications - Some medications can be harmful to your growing baby. Before taking any over-the- counter or prescription medications and supplements, speak to your doctor.
- Don’t Wear Stilletos - Stick to heels with a 3-inch heel or less: Think kitten heels, wedges, and platforms.
- Don’t Hang out in the Hot Tub or Sauna - If you’re feeling aches and pains during your pregnancy, relaxing in a hot tub may seem ideal.
- Don’t Change the Kitty Litter - If you must change kitty, wear gloves and wash your hands well afterward. Cat feces can carry toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease.
- Don’t Breathe Second Hand Smoke - Smoking is terrible for you and your baby, but secondhand smoke can be nearly as bad.
- Don’t Drink - Avoid wine, beer, and liquor during your pregnancy. Alcohol passes quickly from your bloodstream through the placenta and umbilical cord to your baby, and this can harm your developing baby’s brain and organs.
- Don’t Sit or Stand for too Long -During pregnancy, staying in same position for too long, seated or standing, can be problematic.
- Don’t Believe Everything You Read - You can find all sorts of contradictory information online, in books, and in magazines. Be reasonable, trust your instincts, and remember that erring on the side of caution is never a bad idea. If in doubt, call us! That’s what our physicians and staff at Affinity Physicians for Women are here for.
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