During pregnancy, you and your baby’s safety is the most important thing to consider. While you can’t control everything, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your unborn child. Some potential hazards change over time with new research and information. If this is your first pregnancy, you may be unfamiliar with what to avoid to keep you both safe. This post will clarify your questions with a list of items and habits to avoid during pregnancy.
Avoid Smoking During Pregnancy
Smoking cigarettes is harmful to your health at any time, but especially during pregnancy. Tobacco use during pregnancy can lead to a variety of conditions for you and your baby. Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy may be born too small or prematurely. Your baby’s lungs and other vital organs may not have time to develop before birth. Smoking can also lead to congenital defects in your baby. Babies of smoking mothers are also at an increased risk for SIDS.
Avoid Alcohol During Pregnancy
It’s not news that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is dangerous. If you drink alcohol while pregnant, you drastically increase the risk of your baby developing dangerous and life-altering conditions. These are considered fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Some FASD-related disabilities include:
- Delayed language and speech
- Physical disabilities
- Coordination difficulties
- Intellectual and learning impairments
No amount of alcohol is considered safe for consumption at any time during pregnancy.
Avoid High Mercury Fish During Pregnancy
The main concern with fish consumption while pregnant is related to mercury content. Certain fish, like albacore tuna, have a higher mercy content than others. Both adults and children need to watch their intake to avoid the potential effects of mercury overconsumption. Mercury can pass from mother to baby during pregnancy, which can cause developmental and nervous system delays. To be safe, follow the serving size guidelines for fish, especially those containing high mercury levels.
Avoid Heavy Caffeine Consumption During Pregnancy
If you’re like most adults, a daily cup (or three) of coffee is a staple of your morning routine. Unfortunately, pregnancy is not the time to overly imbibe caffeine-containing products. This includes beverages like coffee and caffeinated teas. Even chocolate has caffeine in it, so it’s a good idea to monitor your cocoa intake as well. The current recommendation for caffeine intake
during pregnancy limits you to around 200mg or about one cup of coffee per day.
Avoid Rollercoasters During Pregnancy
Are you a thrill seeker? Avoid rollercoasters and other rides with sudden drops, twists, and bumps. Especially as your pregnancy advances, any kind of sharp movement can pose a hazard to your baby. This is because these types of movements can potentially contribute to a condition called placental abruption. Placental abruption is when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. Since this vital organ nourishes your growing baby, this condition can cut off their oxygen supply and cause heavy internal bleeding. If not treated quickly, placental abruption can result in stillbirth. It’s best to avoid rollercoasters and similar amusements to reduce your risk of placental abruption.
Navigating how to have a healthy, safe pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially when it’s unplanned. Let our caring team at Clearway Clinic lend you the support you need. Schedule a free consultation today!