Things That You Should Avoid During Pregnancy

There are activities and products that may put you and/or your baby’s health. Experts recommend that you keep from engaging in such activities or using these products. Take the necessary precautions to allow yourself and your baby to enjoy a worry-free pregnancy.

Here are some of the things that you should avoid during pregnancy.

Acupuncture and massage.

Acupuncture and massage have been considered therapeutic for ages in relieving muscle and nerve pain. And even while many feel safe having these complementary therapies still, studies proving their effectiveness are limited. There are also certain pressure points in the body that will not be safe for such therapies as they may increase the risk of harm that may be done to the unborn child. Improper management of these therapeutic forms may also trigger contractions even before the pregnant mother’s due date. This can lead to preterm labor and may put the life of the child and the mother at risk.

Other problems related to mismanagement of these therapeutic alternatives include fatigue, minor bleeding, pain in the needle site, and bruising. If you would have to have an acupuncture, you would need a certified acupuncturist who has undergone extensive training and is known in the field. You would also need to inform your care provider of the treatment that you would like to have.

Cats.

A single-celled parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii or T. gondii can cause a disease called toxoplasmosis. It can be found in cat litter or the soil that is infected with cat feces. Toxoplasmosis is a common infection that affects animals as well as humans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that in the US alone about 60 million people are infected with the disease. Although this condition does not pose any grave danger to the health of a normal person. However, if it infects a pregnant woman, it increases the risk of miscarriage. It can also cause serious health issues such as blindness and brain damage to the baby.

Symptoms accompanying this health condition include muscle pain, high temperature, and sore throat. Any expecting mom should be regularly screened for toxoplasmosis.

Cleaning products.

Most cleaning products are formulated with toxic chemicals and should be avoided. Always check the label to see if there are several toxic ingredients in any cleaning product. As much as possible refrain from using them. If you would have to use school items and other household chemicals, make sure that you follow the instructions indicated in the label. Wear hand gloves and work in well-ventilated spaces to lessen the probability of inhaling or actually touching the product.

Exercise.

Exercising is a great way to stay fit and active. However, not all exercises may be beneficial to you, especially if you have other health conditions. For activities that you may include in your daily routine, consult your doctor. Walking, swimming, and other light exercises may be beneficial to you and your baby’s health. It can help you maintain the right weight. It can ease out stiff muscles and help in blood circulation. Exercising can also lessen the discomfort that you may have such as backaches, swelling, and varicose veins.

Tanning Lotions.

Tanning products contains may cause an allergic reaction. Moreover, though they contain sun protection factor, it is usually low. As your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy, you may require a higher protection cream instead.

Other tanning products may contain hazardous chemicals such as beta-carotene and canthaxanthin may also have dangerous side effects. So if you would like to get vitamin D from the sun, make sure that you put on sunscreen with SPF30 or above. You should also do this when early in the morning and not later than 9 am when the sun starts to beam brighter. For additional vitamin D intake, consider taking a prenatal supplement instead.

Food.

Not every food may be good for expectant moms. Partially cooked eggs, undercooked meat, raw shellfish, liver products, unpasteurized milk, caffeine, some types of fish, and certain types of cheese, are just some of the foods that you need to avoid adding to your dish. For a proper diet that you should have, consult your doctor.

Hair dye.

There are studies that indicate that it is safe hair dye for pregnant women to color their hair. There are also those that have revealed that there are chemicals in hair dye products that may be hazardous to health.

Even with these conflicting views, more pregnant women opt to wait for the second trimester of pregnancy before they have their hair dyed. If you would like to have your hair color changed while heavy with a baby, you can reduce the risk by:

  •      Opting for natural hair colorants such as semi-permanent pure vegetable dyes
  •      Having the process done in a well-ventilated area
  •      Having an expert hair stylist do it for you
  •      Ensuring that the color will be left for only the minimum time
  •      Opting for color streaks rather than a full head dye
  •      Doing a strand test first

Painting.

Although conducted studies have shown that the health risk brought about by exposure to paint fumes is quite low, expectant moms still need to protect her unborn child, especially during the first trimester. It is during this period that the fetus’ organs are starting to take form, hence can easily be harmed or damaged.

Sauna or jacuzzi.

It is advisable that you avoid these relaxation alternatives as they may cause overheating, dehydration, as well as fainting.

Sunbeds.

Commercial tanning will expose your skin to a higher level of UV rays which is not good for the sensitive pregnant skin. Prolonged exposure to these harmful rays increases the risk of certain types of skin cancers, hence should be avoided.

X-rays and other radiology tests.

Your doctor would know the risks that some medical procedures may cause to your unborn child. Dental x-rays, for instance, may expose your baby to ultraviolet radiation. Your health provider will normally require that these tests will be done until you have delivered your baby. If for some reasons you would have to undergo any clinical test, you need to inform the doctor of your condition. You also have to make sure that you are referred to the right medical practitioner.

Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging phase of a woman’s life. Constant correct care and support are required to ensure your and your baby’s health. It’s a few of sacrifice that may yield a lifelong contentment.

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