The ‘do nots’ of pregnancy
Pregnancy is full of things not to do, but just remember, it’s only 9 months!
Sometimes pregnancy can feel like one long, boring list of things you can’t do - but let’s face it, it’s only for nine months, and your baby will benefit in the long run. So here’s a quick list of the things you need to dodge for a while.
The jury’s out on booze, so the Department of Health recommends you avoid it altogether. If you do opt to have a drink, it recommends you stick to one or two units of alcohol once or twice a week to minimise the risk to your baby.
Cigarettes can do babies a lot of harm, increasing the risk of stillbirth, cot death, asthma and other lifelong diseases. But the good news is, it’s never too late to stop, nicotine replacement therapy is safe and there are great services to help you stop.
Do touch the animals
Most animals are fine, just avoid pigs and sheep, and try not to touch the cat litter tray – what a great job to delegate for a while!
Foods to forgo
Quite a few things are off the menu, from soft cheese to pate, but the good news is chocolate is fine!
Avoid extreme heat
Thanks to hormonal changes and extra blood supply to the skin, many mums-to-be feel constantly warm - flinging open windows, while shivering friends pull on another layer. It’s easy to overheat, get dehydrated and feel faint though, so avoid hot baths, take it easy exercising and keep cool.
Check your meds
The only way to know which medicines are safe is to speak to your doctor/pharmacist or midwife.
Use natural remedies with caution
Natural medicine and complementary therapies can offer great comfort during pregnancy, but some could be risky so chat to your midwife or doctor first.