Things to avoid during pregnancy
Pregnancy is the most beautiful phase of a women’s life and a lifetime experience. It brings joy to our lives but at the same time, we need to be extra cautious as we have to take care of a budding life along with ourselves. We need to make some necessary changes in our lifestyle for a smooth and wonderful 9 month journey. But, what all changes? Don’t be scared, here are few dietary and lifestyle habits that we need to change to bring a healthy baby to this world.
Do not drink alcohol in any form while planning to conceive, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding at all. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can increase the risk of miscarriages, low birth weight, pre-mature deliveries and affect foetus development. Hence, there is no safe amount to drink alcohol during pregnancy. Replace your alcoholic beverages with healthy drinks like lemon water, coconut water, buttermilk and milk shakes.
Quitting alcohol during pregnancy is a good idea.
Raw milk and milk products
During pregnancy, women are more prone to bacterial infections and food poisoning due to low immunity. So, make sure not to consume raw milk or milk product as it can lead to foodborne illness which further affects baby’s development. Purchase only pasteurized milk and milk products and always use boiled milk to prepare tea, coffee, curd, cheese, etc.
Avoid raw milk and milk products during pregnancy.
Fish and seafood are storehouse of omega 3, proteins, vitamin D and numerous minerals but pregnant women should limit or avoid its intake as they might contain bacteria, parasites and harm baby. Do not consume raw fish and meat products at all. If you really want to eat these, make sure they are thoroughly cleaned and cooked.
Raw fish is a big no during pregnancy.
Although it is a tough call, but limiting our caffeine intake during pregnancy can really help in normal birth weight, proper foetal development and also reduces the risk of miscarriages. So, limit your intake of tea or coffee to 2 cups in a day and try to have your last cup by 4 pm.
Limit caffeine intake during pregnancy.
The harmful effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen etc during pregnancy have been thoroughly studied. These drugs can lead to birth defects, increase risk of miscarriages, and inhibit foetal development. Consult with your doctor if you are taking any of these medications and ask for alternatives.
Medicines to avoid during pregnancy.
Trust yourself !
It might seem that you have to give up on too much and are supposed to control too many things but you need to believe in yourself and keep going. It is important to take keep all these measures in mind when you are on the way to bring new life to this world. Also, do not hesitate to consult with an expert if you need any help!