Pregnancy is something that most people anticipate for in life.
When the moment finally arrives, most people are not sure of what to do to handle the situation right.
The state of things drastically changes from anticipation to confusion.
If you are expecting to be a mum, there are some factors you need to keep in mind.
For the sake of your health and that of your baby, there are some things you must stop doing and things you need to start doing.
Your doctor should be the primary source of information throughout the gestation period.
Make sure you disclose every single piece of information such as your feeding patterns, medications you use, whether you drink or not among others.
Disclosing such personal information is the first step to getting the best assistance from a doctor.
However, there are some things that you should keep in mind.
Here is a list of things you should not do while pregnant.
1. Don’t sit or stand for too long.
The health of the baby in your womb relies on the flow of blood in the body.
Therefore, during pregnancy, it is important to check how long you stay in a certain posture.
There are postures that may inhibit the flow of blood hence leading to complications.
If you do a job that involves standing or sitting for long hours you need to take a leave during the fifth month of pregnancy.
You should try taking small breaks from your posture from time to time in case you stay at work past the fifth month.
There are several side effects of standing or sitting for too long while pregnant.
Some of the common effects include swelling of veins and ankles and joint and back pain.
Taking short breaks will help facilitate the flow of blood in the body hence cooling down some of these effects.
However, the best position for most mothers is to lie down.
You should spend at least 8 hours of sleep per night and 2 to 3 hours of sleep during the day.
2. Don’t Be A Passive Smoker.
Most people seem to understand that smoking is not good during pregnancy.
However, most expectant mothers downplay the effects of passive smoking.
Passive smoking is as dangerous to an unborn baby as direct smoking.
Research shows that a passive smoker consumes more caffeine than the direct smoker.
If you stay with a person who smokes round the clock, you are exposing your baby to the same dangers as if you were smoking.
There are more than 4000 chemicals in second-hand smoke all of which wind u in your blood system.
To ensure that you do not compromise the health of your baby, stay away from smoking individuals entirely.
Some of the effects of smoking on your pregnancy include the risk of miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight and cancer among others.
Smoking while pregnant may also cause behavioral issues for your baby when he/she grows up.
3. Don’t Change Kitty Litter.
There are many reasons why you should avoid any contact with kitty litter.
In fact, you should entirely avoid contact with pets if that is possible.
Cats and dogs may carry parasites that are not good for you and your baby.
If you love spending time with your pet so much ensure that he/she is very hygienic.
The most important aspect when dealing with pets is to avoid direct contact with their litter.
If you must clean your kitty’s litter bin use gloves.
Cats, to be specific, carry toxoplasmosis which is a dangerous parasitic disease.
You may contract this disease by eating raw meat and getting in contact with infected waste.
Get someone else to dispose of your kitty litter to avoid the risk of infection.
4. Don’t Spend Much Time In A Jacuzzi or a Hot Tub.
Pregnancy is synonymous with getting tired and feeling fatigued.
Most people prefer relaxing in some hot water- usually mixed with medicinal essential oils.
You may find information on many websites advising the use of a hot water bath as a way of reducing your fatigue during pregnancy.
The truth is that spending too much time in a hot tub or a sauna may not be very good for you or your baby.
When you soak yourself in the water you tend to raise your body temperature to that of the water.
Elevated body temperature is a risk, especially during the first trimester.
This does not mean that you can not have a warm bath.
A warm bath can have the same relaxing effects as the hot tub adventure but with no side effects.
The bathtub or sauna water is usually at around 104, which is not recommended.
Spending too much time in hot water may lead to giving birth to a child with some defects.
5. Don’t Wear High Heels.
Wearing heels while you are pregnant is not advisable at all.
You may wear low heels up to three inches during the early stages of pregnancy.
Mostly, most people can stick to their normal fashion during the first trimester.
However, when the baby continues to grow, your body weight does not allow you to keep on with high heels.
Your body weight starts increasing and your body’s center of gravity changes.
By wearing heels, you affect the flow of blood in the body and the position of the bay in the womb.
Stick to low heels and flat shoes from your second trimester to the delivery.
High heels may also cause swollen ankles, veins, fatigue and general tiredness.
In the anticipation for your baby, make sure you do everything possible to keep him/her safe.
The safety of the baby starts with the things you do in your daily life.
You will have to adjust a lot of things so that your little one can remain healthy and safe.
Besides the things mentioned above, you will have to receive directions from your doctor regularly.
Your doctor will advise you on which foods to take and which ones to avoid.
You also need to know whether you are allowed to take certain medication or not.
The best option is to try and stay safe by avoiding eating anything you are not sure about.
Stick to a simple life and avoid straining your body.
Most importantly, constantly consult your doctor when you are not sure about anything.