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

Pregnant woman in tight short
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.

SEE RECOMMENDED SLEEPING POSITIONS DURING PREGNANCY.

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.

CHECKOUT THIS Guide to a Healthy Diet during Pregnancy

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.

DRESSING COMFORTABLY DURING PREGNANCY
What outfit you wear can make a big impact on how you feel during pregnancy. No matter what your style, it is ​​​important for you to feel comfortable in your maternity clothing:

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Choose loose-fitting clothing for comfort.
  • Wear lighter weight fabrics if you feel warmer during pregnancy
  • Avoid tight belts, bras, girdles, slacks, garters, and knee socks. Clothes that decrease circulation in the legs lead to varicose (enlarged) veins.
  • Find a bra that fits and provides good support to your breasts.
  • Buy a nursing bra if you plan to breastfeed your baby. Nursing bras are designed with flaps that unhook to allow easy access for breastfeeding.
  • Wear shoes that have a medium or low heel, provide firm support, and have a generally good fit.
  • Don’t wear high heels - it may result in an accident or an aching 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.
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