Pregnancy is the best phase of a woman’s life. It’s the time she has the full access to her baby and the bond she develops with her little one is priceless. Are you too expecting a child in your life? Do you want to keep him/her safe in every possible way? Well, if the answers to the above questions are a yes, then you have to be very careful for the coming nine months. The main thing you have to keep in your mind is that there are many things which can hamper your baby’s growth or give him/her some problem during your pregnancy. It is not just alcohol or tobacco that is prohibited but the normal things like the paint of your house can also cause neurological defects in your child. Women can be allergic to a certain protein and this can cause real problems during pregnancy. The first step is to get yourself thoroughly checked as soon as you conceive. Talk to your doctor about all possible problems and try to find a solution. Scroll down to have a look at the top 10 things which a pregnant woman should never do.
10. No stress:
Stress is the most harmful thing for a pregnant woman. It not only hampers the growth of the baby but can also lead to serious defects in the child. If a woman carrying the baby takes stress often, then she is most likely to have preterm labor and the baby is liable to be born with a low birth weight.
Though it is often said that alcohol in small consistencies does not harm a woman in pregnancy but lately the studies have proved that alcohol causes the major problems during pregnancy. The point is that when you have a drink it passes through your blood into the placenta and your baby has the same amount of alcohol you have taken. His/her small stomach does not digest the alcohol and can lead to physical and mental defects in your little one.
8. Sauna Baths:
You should totally avoid anything that heats up your body during pregnancy. A pregnant woman’s body heats up much faster than the normal body because of the additional heat provided to it by the body of her baby. It is has been observed that women who continued sauna baths during pregnancy have had babies with neural defects.
Do you have a habit of stripping the paint from your wall? Well, if yes then you will have to be very careful about not doing it in your pregnancy time. The paints carry chemicals that effect the growth of your baby. If you live in an old house then there are chances that the paint contains lead, which hampers the development of the brain in your little one.
Avoid all kinds of tea, coffee and soda that have caffeine in it. Always remember that whatever you eat or drink your baby is also having the same thing. Caffeine increases the heartbeat of your little one, which can lead to heart problems after his birth. Instead drink the caffeine free tea, you will feel more energetic.
During the first trimester, your baby is in the initial stages of growing up and pesticides can really harm him/her at this time. Avoid taking any kind of toxic fumes and keep yourself away from the house cleaners and garden sprays. Look for the composition on the house cleaner bottle and chose the one with natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda in it.
Medication is the most important thing you have to worry about. Don’t ever take an unprescribed medicine during the time of your pregnancy. Try and avoid taking useless drugs to cure your acne problem or induce sleep. Always consult your doctor before having any type of tablets. If you take wrong drugs during pregnancy, it can lead to birth defects and even miscarriage.
3. Cat Litter:
Do you love your cat a lot? Well, if yes then there is something to take care of. If you are expecting, you have to maintain a safe distance from your cat litter box. There are chances your cat has toxoplasmosis, which causes birth defects in the children.
This is the quite obvious one. You are not allowed to smoke when you are pregnant. The reason behind it is that the amount of smoke you drag in is equivalent to the amount that your baby takes in. Another major concern is that when you smoke, the supply of oxygen to your baby falls drastically, which can lead to his/her slow growth and can even be fatal.
1. Vitamin A:
Do you know somebody who has a deficiency of Vitamin A in his body? Well, there are very less people who will be having it. The reason is that this particular vitamin is found in most of the foods. Whereas when you are pregnant you have to be careful of not exceeding Vitamin A in your body. Excess of it can lead to birth defects and miscarriage.