During pregnancy, women should be more careful about themselves. Everyday, there are existing dangers all around them that pose risk to their health and their baby’s health. They are more vulnerable to these dangers than women who are not bearing a child. Therefore, there are more things that they should avoid and keep away from.
Chiropractors who treat pregnant women and deal with many pregnancy problems give advice on the common things that soon-to-be mothers should avoid.
Exposure to Hazardous Materials
At home, exposure to cat litter may cause toxoplasmosis that can cause miscarriage, preterm labor, or serious health problem to the newborn. Assign someone else to take care of your cat for the time being. Avoid handling chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides, cleaning formulas, paint fumes and solvents. Another material that can cause miscarriage, preterm labor and low birth weight is lead.
Avoid certain foods that can cause delays in the development of your baby such as seafood. Other food such as unpasteurized milk and raw or undercooked meats, fish and poultry may contain a type of bacteria called listeria that can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.
Medicines and Herbal Remedies
Do not take medicines or herbal remedies without consulting your doctor. Many of these remedies have adverse effects to the health and development of your baby.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. Aside from miscarriage, low birth weight, and development problems, these drinks can affect your physical and emotional well-being which in turn can affect the development of your baby, as well.
Soaking in Hot Tubs
Soaking in hot tubs can cause the pregnant woman’s body temperature to rise and cause birth defects to your baby. Also, germs easily develop in warm and moist places such as hot tubs. Lastly, the chemicals used for cleaning and maintaining the water can be dangerous for you and your baby.
Smoking and Inhaling Second Hand Smoke
Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage and premature delivery and may hinder the growth and development of the fetus. Not only should you stop or at least minimize smoking, you should also avoid being exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can cause low birth rate and health problems for your baby such as sudden infant death syndrome.
Tension and Stress
Stress may cause miscarriage, low birth weight, and preterm birth. So avoid stressing too much. Try to relax. What you should do during your nine-month childbearing period is to take lots of stress, avoid too much work, spend quality time with friends and family, meditate, and relax.
Radiation can cause babies to have physical and mental birth defects. Avoid undergoing x-rays and being exposed to other sources of radiation during the period of pregnancy unless it is absolutely necessary.
If you want to take care of your body and your baby during pregnancy, you should keep in mind that pregnancy is a totally different period in your life and, thus, there are a lot of things that you need to say “no” to.