When you first discover you're pregnant, you're filled with joy and happiness! And then the worry sets in! It can be difficult to figure out the best way to take care of yourself and your new baby. Below you will find some advice on the things you need to avoid when pregnant.
Any Kind of Alcohol
When you’re pregnant, it’s very important that you avoid drinking any sort of alcohol. For one, whatever you put into your body will affect your growing child, and that includes any kind of alcohol at any amount.Addiction Resource explains that one reason to avoid alcohol is that it can have a significant negative impact on a baby’s development, such as brain development. Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can also lead to heart defects in fetuses, facial deformities, and certain mental deficiencies. You can risk behavioral problems in your child if you consume alcohol. On top of that, those mothers would drink alcohol have an increased risk of miscarriages and stillbirths.
Smoking (Including Secondhand Smoke)
Smoking while pregnant comes with a wealth of ill effects on your growing baby. Smoking has been proven to affect the placenta, which where all your baby gets all of the nutrients it needs to grow. Smoking can also cause low birth weight and is a suspected cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. It’s also best to avoid situations where you are exposed to secondhand smoke. Even exposure to cigarettes in this form can have a range of negative effects on your health and the health of your baby.Black Hills ENT explains that secondhand smoke is a combo of smoke from a burning cigarette and smoke that is exhaled from the smoker themselves. It's also called ETS, or environmental tobacco smoke.
While pregnant, you should try to avoid many of the toxins that would otherwise wouldn’t be harmful to your health. First, when it comes to beauty, nail polish can contain formaldehyde and other chemicals that can lead to birth defects. Hair dye is safe to use as long as you wear gloves and work in a room that is well-ventilated.Women’s Voices explains that certain cleaning products, such as moth balls and toilet deodorant cakes, can also be harmful. Not only that, but some products like those used in personal care products like deodorant, shampoo, and more can have these toxins. You can usually find non-toxic versions from different brands that will be better for you and your baby’s bodies. Make sure that you limit your exposure and never breath in the fumes.
There are certain foods that you should avoid while you are pregnant. First, skip the fish. It’s proven that some varieties of fish contain high levels of mercury. These include shark, swordfish, and tuna. Any uncooked meats are also a no-go. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, make sure that you wash produce well to get rid of any contaminants. Last, also avoid unpasteurized cheese and milks, as they can contain different kinds of harmful bacteria. That being said,there are many foods that help babies, and can help them once they are born! Bringing new life into the world is a joyous yet stressful occasion, and with these tips you can be sure that your baby enters the world healthy and happy!