During pregnancy it becomes very important to keep a check on things that you are consuming. As whatever you eat or drink reaches the baby. Below are 6 things you should avoid as much as you can to avoid any pregnancy complication:
Active /Passive smoking and drinking: After you conceive, everything you eat, drink or smoke effects the baby. Baby draws nutrients and oxygen from you. Smoking is a big no no as it might result in lesser oxygen for your baby, which further may result in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature delivery of the baby. Drinking alcohol on the other hand can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, heart disease, vision problems & low weight.
Caffeine & Sodas: Consumed in moderation, all the caffeinated food & beverages like tea, coffee & chocolates, will probably not create a trouble for you or the baby. But consumption of caffeine more than 300-400 milligrams per day can increase the chance of miscarriage. Though sodas are not very harmful but they add to your daily consumption of caffeine so it is best you avoid drinking soda during the pregnancy.
Cold and Flu Medications & Pain Relievers: Antihistamines like Benadryl can be used for allergies. But avoid having decongestants which can increase the blood pressure and can cause uterine contractions. Aspirin can affect blood clotting in the foetus, which might create a complication during delivery. Taking limited quantities of over-the-counter medications of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory family for pain relief is fine. But, if these medications are consumed frequently it may result in decreasing the amount of amniotic fluid and can affect your baby’s kidneys.
Exercise: Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you have been leading an active life before pregnancy, you can carry on with your usual routine but make sure you do not over stress your body and dehydrate yourself. If you have been sedentary before your pregnancy, start slowly with walking or swimming program.
Home remedies & Vitamins: Home remedies can sometimes result in allergies as the body is very vulnerable during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Do not try to be your own doctor. High doses of vitamin A can cause defects in brain, face and heart while high doses of vitamin E can result in blood thinning in pregnant women. It’s best not to consume Vitamins beyond the suggested limit.
Raw meat and Fish: There is a high possibility that bacterial infections and parasites may pass on to your baby if you consume raw meat or fish during pregnancy. This may affect the growth and development of the baby.
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