ENSURING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY: THINGS TO AVOID WHILST PREGNANT
THINGS TO AVOID WHILE EXPECTING, TO ENSURE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AND A HEALTHY BABY
PREGNANCY is a very special time in the life of every woman. It is sad to note how many pregnant women continue with such habits as smoking and drinking while they are happily awaiting their bundle of joy. Such habits could, however, result in severe pregnancy complications and severe damage to your unborn baby.
"A LIST OF PREGNANCY DON'TS"
WHAT TO AVOID DURING PREGNANCY (AND BREASTFEEDING): BASIC THINGS YOU SHOULD WATCH OUT FOR
Avoid all sorts of stimulants and drugs. Not all antibiotics are safe during pregnancy and you only need to take medication prescribed by your gyenacologist. Avoid alcohol - Alcohol may result in foetal alcohol syndrome. Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is very real and can leave you with a lot of guilt about having endangered your baby's life! Do not drink whilst expecting a baby.
Avoid smoking - Smoking increases your chances of an abortion and premature birth. What's more, smoking is also a leading cause of cot death/sudden death in infants, so it is to be avoided prior to, during and after pregnancy. Try and quit smoking before you plan to fall pregnant. This will also increase your chances of conception if you quit.
THINGS TO NOTE THAT ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY MOST EXPECTANT MOMS
THINGS MOST EXPECTANT MOTHERS OVERLOOK OR ARE UNAWARE OF
Avoid hot baths, steam rooms and intense massages. You can have massages that are specifically designed for preggies. Let your therapist know that you are expecting a baby so that they can massage you with the right pregnancy safe oils and at the right pressure.
Avoid contact with animals - there's a lot of infectious diseases that can be trasmitted from animals to human beings -zoonotic diseases or zoonosis. An example would be Rabis in dogs.
Avoid contact with sick small children and sick people - German measles or Rubella is highly contagious and though not dangerous in children, could have devastating consequences if contracted by a pregnant woman.
If you are unsure or have any doubt about anything, ask your gynae.