10 Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

December 24, 2022
10 Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant for the first time, you are looking for advice and information to know what to do and what not to do. Indeed, some things are simply to be avoided!

Expose yourself to the sun


During pregnancy, exposing your skin to the sun causes the appearance of brown spots. This is called the pregnancy mask.

If you must expose yourself, shield your skin with sun protection factor 50, to be applied every two hours.

Wear a hat and stay hydrated.

Use essential oils

Whether by massage, with a cotton swab on a button, by diffusion, or inhalation, all contact with essential oils is to be avoided in early pregnancy. Indeed, these can cross the placental barrier and represent a danger for the developing fetus.

After the 1st trimester of pregnancy, some can be used.

Before use, seek advice from a doctor, pharmacist, or naturopath.

Refrain from going to the toilet

Pregnant, when the urge arises, go to the toilet immediately, do not hold back, otherwise you risk a urinary tract infection.

Urinary tract infections during pregnancy can have serious consequences for your baby.

Try to go to the toilet several times a day and for that: drink lots of water!

Eat what you want

To avoid listeriosis and toxoplasmosis in particular (if not immune), pregnant women must avoid:

  • Raw fish
  • Raw meat
  • The alcohol
  • Cheese crusts
  • Raw milk and raw or unpasteurized cheese
  • Uncured deli meats
  • Delicatessen in jelly
  • Raw eggs
  • The pie
  • Unpasteurized fruit juices
  • Raw oysters, clams, and mussels

Some foods should be consumed in moderation such as coffee or certain fish such as tuna, sea bass, or swordfish.

Also, it is recommended to take extra precautions when defrosting meat to reduce the risk of food poisoning, the consequences of which can be serious for babies.

Finally, there is no need to eat for two during pregnancy! Your energy needs don’t change during the first six months of pregnancy and only increase slightly during the last three months. On the other hand, it is important to eat healthily!

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Practice certain sports

In general, when you are pregnant, you should avoid all sports that could cause a fall or a blow.

These include combat sports; rollerblading, mountain biking, windsurfing, sky, and scuba diving (to be avoided because of the risk of lack of oxygen for the baby).

On the other hand, a gentle sporting activity such as water aerobics, walking, or yoga is completely recommended!

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X-rays are contraindicated for pregnant women, as they can cause fetal malformations.X-rays should only be taken when absolutely necessary.

Always tell specialists about your condition, even if you are not sure if you are pregnant.

Drinking alcohol and smoking

We can never repeat it enough, drinking alcohol and smoking can harm the baby’s proper development.

It is not known precisely how much alcohol leads to fetal alcoholism, so total abstinence is recommended. Especially since what you drink passes into your baby’s blood.

Certain periods of uterine life are critical in the physical and mental development of the baby and perhaps a glass of wine would have caused no harm yesterday but that same glass taken today could have serious consequences.

With regard to tobacco, you should know that it can harm the growth of the fetus, increase the risk of miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, premature delivery, cause respiratory problems, etc.

Keep your rings

We don’t often talk about it, but you should avoid keeping your rings on during pregnancy.

Indeed, you may swell or retain water and your rings could get stuck.

So, if you don’t want to have your wedding band sawed off, take it off at the start of your pregnancy!

Clean the cat litter box

No need to get rid of your cat when you are pregnant, contrary to what you may hear.

On the other hand, it is better to have the litter box cleaned by someone else or to wear gloves.

Clearly, because of the risk of toxoplasmosis, it is best not to touch it, especially if your cat goes out and hunts (raw meat). If you are immune, still wear gloves to avoid taking any risks.

Practice Self-medication

Taking medication during pregnancy should always be checked.

It is essential to consult your doctor or a pharmacist before taking any medication, even if it is over the counter. Likewise, always tell all specialists about your condition before they prescribe anything.

Also, consult the instructions contained in the medicine boxes.

In general, meeting health professionals during pregnancy allows you to monitor the health of your baby and to prepare well for the birth.

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  • What fruit or vegetables should I avoid during pregnancy?

    Marjorie Lee December 24, 2022 10:38 pm