There are many bans for pregnant women. Which ones are important to listen to, and which ones can be ignored?
Protecting yourself, you take care of your little one. Therefore, it’s time to attract household members to household chores. Feel free to ask for help with such daily worries as, for example:
- House cleaning. Many household chemicals may contain toxins. Try to limit any contact with them. In addition, replace conventional detergents with hypoallergenic ones.
- Repair. If you still really want to equip a nursery, preparing it for the birth of crumbs, you better not take part in them. Volatile compounds of varnishes, paints, glue are dangerous for your little smokers. And you can accidentally fall off a stool or stepladder!
- Caring for the cat. These pets are known carriers of toxoplasmosis, a virus that is dangerous to the fetus. Therefore, everything about caring for a cat needs to be transferred, for example, to her husband.
Get rid of bad habits
The most common bad habits include smoking and alcohol, as well as the frequent use of coffee.
Pregnant women should not smoke not only actively, but also passively. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which, when reacted with hemoglobin, provokes a lack of oxygen in mother and baby.
Intrauterine hypoxia is dangerous:
- developmental delay;
- diseases of the cardiovascular system;
- diseases of the immune system;
- mental problems.
And smoking can provoke:
- placental abruption;
- fetal freezing;
- premature birth.
Try to give up this bad habit, if you have one, and also avoid the company of smokers.
As for alcohol, some future mothers are interested in: can they drink a glass of wine or beer? Whoever tells you that nothing terrible will happen from one glass, do not listen! Ethanol through the placenta easily penetrates the fetal blood.
The terrible consequences of an innocent beer can occur both in the embryo in the form of alcohol syndrome and in the child in the future:
- congenital malformations;
- underdevelopment of the brain;
- developmental problems;
- poor performance, etc.
Yes, drinking coffee can also be classified as bad habits! Modern young women very often abuse it, both before pregnancy and during it.
Scientists have proved that exceeding the norm of caffeine in the blood occurs after three cups of espresso per day and can be fraught with:
- increased anxiety;
- overstrain of the cardiovascular system;
- underweight in a newborn;
Taboo on nutrition
In fact, all the food that a pregnant woman consumes is the key to the full development of the fetus. A growing body is in great need of vitamins and minerals, so it is not the right time to go on a hunger strike or go on a diet.
If you need a diet for health reasons, then it must certainly be agreed with the doctor.
What foods are not recommended to use
So, what foods should the expectant mother refuse so far:
- Cinnamon, parsley, basil – can negatively affect the digestive system;
- Raw chicken eggs, sushi, stockfish. The probability of getting salmonellosis is very high during pregnancy, not to mention helminths;
- Smoked meats and low-roasted meat – harmful bacteria can live in such products for a long time;
- Citrus fruits and various exotic fruits, chocolate, strawberries, nuts can provoke a food allergy in a child in the future;
- Products containing dyes, thickeners, flavor and aroma enhancers;
- Fast food. For the next 9 months (and then the entire lactation period, of course), forget about the existence of chips, crackers, hamburgers, etc.
Useful Nutritional Recommendations
- Eat quail eggs. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for mother and baby. However, the measure is important in this matter: no more than 5 pieces can be eaten per day. Some women claim that daily consumption of 2 quail eggs helped them overcome toxicosis;
- If you are a meat-eater, then it is better to refuse fried and give preference to boiled or stewed meat;
- Be sure to thoroughly wash fruits and vegetables under running water immediately before use. It will be useful to additionally pour boiling water over them
How to care for yourself during pregnancy
Often we hear how beautiful pregnant women are, how they become prettier every day and become younger before our eyes. But most often this is just flattery, caused by a desire to please the future mother. In fact, changes in the hormonal background affect both the mood and the appearance of the woman.
Prohibitions and restrictions are haunting pregnant women at every step, some of which prohibit even basic personal care. Let’s see which of them really make sense, and which can be neglected.
Everything about appearance
To remain beautiful, but not to harm the health of the little man, follow these recommendations:
- Be careful and extremely careful when choosing cosmetics and skin and hair care products. Your creams, shampoo, mascara should not contain toxic substances;
- It is advisable to abandon hair coloring for the entire period of pregnancy. Artificial dyes that penetrate the scalp of a pregnant woman can have a negative effect on the course of hormonal processes and rearrangements;
- Tanning beds and tanning beds are temporarily canceled. Many young ladies love this beautiful chocolate skin tone. But we should not forget that hormonal balance and skin pigmentation in expectant mothers are very variable. So instead of a perfect tan, you can get only age spots. In addition, numerous studies have proven that a tanning bed is not very useful even to non-pregnant women. With regular visits to the tanning bed, the risk of skin cancer increases significantly, so think about whether it’s worth it ?;
- Any hardware cosmetology procedures, and especially active massage (in particular, the neck and neck) are prohibited. Also, during pregnancy, it is impossible to carry out procedures accompanied by pain (for example, laser or injection). Women with a low pain threshold are sometimes allowed mesotherapy with hyaluronic acid and a vitamin cocktail, but only after consulting a doctor.
In no case should pregnant women:
- Take any medicine without consulting your doctor. Even banal paracetamol can cause fetal complications;
- To lift weights over 5 kg (in the later stages – 3 kg);
- Engage in extreme sports, ride a bike, skate, jump, run and even just walk at a fast pace;
- Take a hot bath and visit the sauna or bath. Exposure to temperatures above 39 ° C can adversely affect fetal formation processes, or even cause miscarriage;
- Wear high-heeled shoes. So you create an additional burden on the spine. In the near future, heels can “come back” with back pain after giving birth;
- Worry and overwork. Remember, your condition and mood is passed on to the baby! Try to protect yourself from stressful situations. The load at work or quarrels with your husband should in no case be reflected in your nervous system and harm the health of the child !;
- Drive a car and fly by plane. Temporarily put off long trips. This is especially true for those who suffer from bleeding, hypertension, etc.;
- Visit very crowded places. Your body is more vulnerable than ever, so there is a high risk of catching any infection. In addition, in the crowd, someone might inadvertently push a pregnant woman or inadvertently hurt her belly;
- Ignore any ailments. Neglecting your condition, you risk not only health, but also the life of the crumbs. Any disturbing symptoms – an occasion to immediately consult a doctor.
Signs: truth and myths
Of course, there are many signs, many of which our grandmothers believed (and in the reliability of which they sometimes try to convince us). Let’s see which of them are just myths, and in which there is some truth.
Myth 1. A pregnant woman must not sit cross-legged.
This statement is true. In this position, blood circulation is disturbed, impairing the flow of carrier-carrying beneficial substances to the fetus. And the leg-to-foot pose increases the load on the spine.
Myth 2. You can’t buy baby clothes before the birth of the baby.
The origin of this sign is rooted in those distant times when the mortality rate was high. Today, this is just superstition. Shopping in anticipation of the birth of crumbs usually brings pleasure: and what is pleasant for the mother, it is also pleasant for the baby.
Myth 3. You can’t attend a funeral, otherwise the child will be born sick.
Of course, superstition is superstition, but psychologists say that such a procedure can still affect the psycho-emotional state of a woman. Therefore, the mother needs to worry less and remain calm so that the baby is also calm.
Myth 4. A pregnant woman cannot look at anything ugly, because a child will be born ugly.
This is from the same area as the funeral myth. Our ancestors did not yet know that the appearance of the child is determined by the parental genes at conception (with the exception of congenital malformations). Therefore, impressions of what they saw can only affect the mental state of the mother, but not on the external data of the baby.
Myth 5. Pregnant women should not get a haircut.
This myth has a history of those times when the fair sex did not cut their hair at all, growing a long braid. They cut their hair short only during the terrible epidemics of plague or cholera. That’s why it was believed that if a girl has short hair, it means that she is sick and the child will be born unhealthy.
Myth 6. Pregnant women can neither be sewn nor knit.
This statement only looks like superstition, but actually has scientific evidence. In ancient times, sewing and knitting was by no means a hobby, but the main way to update the wardrobe and earn money, so women could needlework for hours without moving. This gave rise to hypoxia (oxygen starvation of the fetus), due to which the baby began to become active and entangled in the umbilical cord.
Thus, doctors say that you can’t not only specifically sew or knit, but you can’t sit for a long time without movement.
What can and should be done
- Wear non-shackling clothing made from natural materials;
- Yoga for pregnant women is a great alternative to vigorous activity. Also, if the pregnancy proceeds normally, try to walk more in the fresh air – this allows you to saturate the body with oxygen, improve well-being and prevent the appearance of extra pounds;
- Use natural personal care products. It can be decoctions of healing herbs for rinsing hair, natural face masks, henna, etc. Being pregnant, you can and should look beautiful and attractive !;
- Do not be afraid to do manicures and pedicures. Using nail polish does not harm the baby. The only condition is that you need to paint your nails only in a well-ventilated area;
- Use a special cream that prevents the appearance of puffiness and stretch marks. You can even rub light almond, olive or coconut oil into the abdomen, thighs, chest with light massage movements. Such procedures should be carried out starting from the 12th week of pregnancy and a couple of weeks or months after childbirth;
- You can do sex. The only exception is the threat of miscarriage or premature birth. However, pain during intercourse should be an occasion to immediately make an appointment with a gynecologist;
- Visit the dentist. With an increase in the load on the body, teeth can begin to crumble. The dentist will give you helpful tips on caring for them to minimize unwanted effects.
Pregnancy is a special state of mind and body. This is definitely a wonderful, unforgettable, but also quite vulnerable period in a woman’s life. Therefore, dear future mothers, try not to lose vigilance and clearly observe all the restrictions in these 9 months of happiness for the sake of the health of your baby!
This material is for informational purposes only, before using the information provided it is necessary to consult with a specialist.