I Can’t Do THAT! – Pregnancy No Nos
Midwife Monday: Pregnancy No-NosPosted by Holistic Heritage Homebirth on Monday, December 3, 2018
Pregnancy is supposed to be this luxurious, glorious, wonderful time. A time of abundance where rules get to go out the window. For the majority of us, that holds true, but there are some hard line no-nos. (Actually, quite few.)
What one should not do during pregnancy is unique to each person, as our pre pregnancy lives will determine a lot of what is safe in your pregnant life. For example, if you were lifting weight before, it is probably safe to continue. If you are a couch potato and aren’t entering the strong woman competition, I wouldn’t start that goal while pregnant. This is just one example of limitations during pregnancy that can differ from person to person. But, there are some universal guidelines that every pregnant woman should follow.
Let’s start with an easy one. Watch your medications. Not only are we honestly overdoing it on pharmaceuticals, but many can be harmful during pregnancy and breastfeeding as they either cross the placenta or are excreted in breast milk. So before taking anything, I would speak to your midwife. This caution also includes medications you can grab over the counter.
Another guideline I hope everyone knows is concerning alcohol. Just no. Don’t drink during pregnancy; it’s that simple. Is it possible a glass of wine or a single beer could be harmless? Sure. But, is it more possible that there are effects? Probably. So my recommendation is to avoid alcohol. It goes from your mouth to your blood to the placenta and umbilical cord, and now your baby is consuming exactly what you just did. Alcohol can have long lasting effects on baby’s brain and other organs. Additionally, it can cause premature birth, miscarriage, fetal alcohol disorders, and stillbirth……..
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