Congratulations! Being pregnant and carrying a life inside you is one of the best things you will experience. However, this is also one of the most challenging chapters in your life that you have to deal with. You need to make sure that you and your little one are both healthy, which also means you need to let go of some things – for now.
Taking care of yourself is crucial at this point. To guide you better, here are some tips on what to avoid during pregnancy:
Regardless if you are a seasoned athlete, contact sports such as basketball or football is a big no-no. There is a high risk of being injured, hit by a ball, falls during play and even a collision with another player.
Other physical activities
Cycling isn’t a good idea, especially if you are not an experienced rider. Skiing, both in and out of the water, horseback riding, surfing and gymnastics are also not good for your developing baby because of the associated risks. If you haven’t done running yet, now is also not the good time to try it.
Unhealthy lifestyle habits
This includes drinking alcohol, smoking, eating unhealthily and taking drugs. It is bad for your baby and his/her development. Try Google-ing the effects of drugs and smoking on unborn babies and you get the picture. Oh, this includes eating deli meals too.
Raw or partially uncooked meals are also a big no-no to pregnant women. There is a risk of salmonella food poisoning, which could harm your baby. Also, there is a potential risk of toxoplasmosis, a type of infection you could get from undercooked meat. Sushi is also not advisable because the fish used might contain small parasitic worms that could make you sick.
Riding a rollercoaster gives you a different kind of sensation. However, amusement park rides are not recommended because of the sudden start-stop or forceful landing that could harm your baby. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also don’t advise activities in high altitudes because of lack of oxygen. This could negatively affect your baby as well.
Now that you are pregnant, your center of gravity is deactivated. There is a risk of falling, slipping or tripping, which could harm your baby. Go for flats, for now.
Folic acid and iron supplements are okay. Taking vitamins to ensure you and your baby are getting enough nutrients are okay too. However, medications such as antidepressant pills and Ibuprofen must be taken with caution. Acetaminophen and Paracetamol are okay too. Just make sure to follow the recommended dosage.
The good news is this won’t last long. As soon as you give birth and recover from the delivery, you can resume to your normal activities. The key here is to take it one-step at a time. Don’t rush. Worry about getting back into shape later. Right now, focus on yourself and your growing baby.