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Things a pregnant woman should be cautious of, or avoid during pregnancy

Pregnant woman

There are a number of things a pregnant woman should be cautious of, or avoid during pregnancy. On this post you will find a number of products or activities you should avoid or use with caution.

Unapproved sleeping position. 


Sleeping on one side with your knees bent is likely to be the most comfortable position. You can use pillows under your belly, between your legs, and behind your back, if you like.

As your pregnancy progresses, you’ll need to avoid lying flat on your back.

Unhealthy diet. 


Eating a balanced diet during pregnancy doesn’t necessarily mean eating for two. Most pregnant women say finding the right type of food to eat can be nerve-wracking.

To ensure you and your baby grow healthy you can add these; eggs, salmon, beans, whole grains, sweet potato, leafy vegetables and lean meat.

Improper dressing. 


Pregnancy can cause a woman’s body to change shape and size several times before the baby arrives. Being pregnant does not mean you should lock away your fashion sense and give up your personal style. There are so many trendy styles that can suit your body size.

However, wearing tight clothes during pregnancy is not safe.

Tight clothing will not harm your baby but it will be uncomfortable for you. Wearing clothes that don’t fit can cause pain around the abdomen, across your chest and even your back.


Unhealthy habits. 


A couple who are trying to conceive is always advised to avoid unhealthy lifestyles such as smoking, alcohol, and drugs, eating junk food and lack of sleep.

Now that you are pregnant, your baby’s health is under your care. Many of your bad habits may harm your baby resulting in disease, growth issues, and brain damage.

Acupuncture and massage


While some complementary therapies, such as acupuncture and massage, are felt to be safe during pregnancy there is limited evidence that shows how effective they are.

If you’re considering using a complementary therapy, it’s important to tell your doctor or midwife about what treatment you’re considering. If you then decide to use a complementary therapy, you should always consult a qualified practitioner who is registered with APHRA.

Exercise


It’s great to be active and stay fit while you’re pregnant but check with your midwife or doctor first to make sure there are no health problems to prevent you from exercising. If there are no problems, try to do 30 minutes of moderate exercise, like walking or swimming, on most days of the week.

  • Regular exercise can:
  • help you stay at a healthy weight
  • help you relax
  • help make you stronger and fitter – good for coping with pregnancy, labor and being a parent
  • help decrease discomforts like back pain and varicose veins that affect some pregnant women.

For more information see our page exercise.

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