In most of the cases, women do continue to do their daily activities even during pregnancy. If you are perfectly normal and your doctor does not give you any specific do and don’ts, you can continue your life as it is but only needs to make minor changes in your current lifestyle.
Things Not To Do During Pregnancy
The primary concern during pregnancy is the health of the mother as well as the growing fetus. The best thing you can do is to eat healthily and live healthily. Let’s take a look at 5 things not to do during pregnancy.
- Too much Caffeine
I agree, coffee is yummy and staying away from it can be very difficult. But just like consuming alcohol, caffeine too can cross the placenta and affect the growth of the fetus. Pregnant women are best recommended to limit their caffeine intake to about 300 mg(milligram) a day. Researchers and doctors suggest that anything about the recommended amount might affect the birth weight of the baby. I would suggest that you have one of coffee a day, just to stay on the safer side.
Certain medications can have adverse effects on the unborn baby. Especially make sure you avoid any over the counter pills that you might be taking. Any medication that you take without perception can be risky for your health as well as the baby’s health. Generally, doctors suggest avoiding the following medications during pregnancy. Make sure you stay away from most herbal remedies, cold and flu medications, certain acne medications, ACE inhibitors, and ibuprofen or any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Alcohol Consumption is Strictly Prohibited
Usually, when a pregnant woman drinks alcohol it gets inside the placenta, this can have various effects on the fetus. This condition is usually known as fetal alcohol syndrome. When a fetus get exposed to alcohol the fetus can go through various deformities such as developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, physical abnormalities, poor growth, poor motor skills, seizures, behavioral problems, and reduced coordination. Research on the topic is still going on and hence doctors have adviced pregnant women to say away from alcohol completely.
Handling Chemicals such as Hair Dye
This has been a controversial topic, while some suggest that ist ok and safe to dye hair during pregnancy others state otherwise. I would recommend staying on the safer side as certain studies have found that being exposed to a high amount of chemicals can be harmful to the mother as well as the baby. In most of the cases, women wait for about 12 weeks of being pregnant to start doing any kind of chemical or beauty treatment. In case you want to color your hair by yourself then make sure you follow the precautions. Make sure you are wearing gloves, don’t leave the die on for a long time, apply the mixture from outside or a well-ventilated room.
Certain hair dying methods such as highlighting is considered safer as the dye is not in direct contact with the scalp. A much safer alternative is semi-permanent pure vegetable dyes, such as henna.
Sauna and Artificial Tanning
It’s advisable to avoid hot tubs, tanning machine sauna, etc because there are risks of overheating, dehydration and fainting.when you are pregnant there are various hormonal changes in the body which might make you feel warmer and more uncomfortable. This means more blood flow towers the outer part of your skin and lesser flow through the inner organ which can cause dizziness and fainting.
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