Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Things You Should and Should Not Do During Pregnancy

There are a few things you can do while you are pregnant to help improve your own and your baby's health. You can also avoid risks that can complicate or terminate a pregnancy. One of thebest reasons for you to plan your pregnancy is that you control all those different factors starting from conception which effect the process of pregnancy.

A. Things You SHOULD Do

There are some most common practices which pregnant women should follow to avoid any uncertanity.

Regular Medical Exams

Regular medical exam is the one of the easiest and best ways to avoid problems and complications
during pregnancy.

Recommended Daily Allowance for Folic Acid

Proper amount of Folic Acid significantly reduce your baby's risk for spinal bifida. The current recommendation is 0.4 mg of folic acid daily.

Prenatal Vitamins

Both your baby and you need plenty of vitamins during pregnancy, and by taking special prenatal vitamins you guarantee that you are getting everything you need.

Eat Plenty of Protein

The RDA of protein for pregnant women is 75 grams but 100 grams is often recommended. Sufficient protein is necessary for the development of the baby especially the brain and may help protect against different diseases during pregnancy.

Eat Well and Get Plenty of Exercise.

Your diet needs to include plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber etc. You also need to exercise and observe your weight as you’re normal.

Be Sure to Get Enough Fat in Diet

Fat and cholesterol, which we normally avoid, are important for absorbing the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) and for stretchable skin. Fat is also necessary for the developing baby brain. That does not mean you want to be over-consuming it.

Be careful when traveling

You should be very much careful when you are travelling. Mostly distant travelling is not recommended by doctors to the women who are at 5-6 month of pregnancy.

B. What You Should NOT Do

There are some points to be considered while you are pregnant.

Avoid from smoking

Smoking is well-known risk to the mother as well as for the baby. Use of smoking can result in pre-term births, unstructured abortion and baby deaths.

Avoid from drinking Alcohol

Alcohol has lots of negative effects on your developing baby which depends on the dose and frequency of alcohol. It leads to a number of inherited birth defects which include prenatal and postnatal growth insufficiency.

Don’t take illegal Drugs

You should avoid using drugs even other then pregnancy, but during pregnancy you must not take illegal drugs, as it may cause problem in your pregnancy.

You Should Avoid Caffeine

Caffeine taken during pregnancy is thought to increase the probability of a child contracting diabetes.

You Should Not Eat Junk Food

Junk food fills your hunger but do not give you what exactly you require in these days for your baby and your own self. As your stomach size decreases during pregnancy, junk food takes up room and prevents you from eating the foods.

You Should Not Use a Water Bed

The heaters used in water beds give off the same electric fields as those found in electric blankets and should therefore be avoided for the same reasons.

You Should Avoid Drinking spout Water if Possible

Recent studies have shown that drinking tap water during the early months of pregnancy can increase your risk of miscarriage. If this concerns you or you have a history of miscarriage, you may want to discuss drinking bottled water with your doctor.

You Should Avoid Stress

Stress is defined as the increase of work and low decision making power during the job.

Try to avoid from Household Cleaning Products, vapors from Paint, Paint Thinner etc.

As with pesticide the best you can hope for, is educating yourself and trying to limit your exposure with the mentioned things.

You Should Avoid Raising Your Body Temperature

There is a potential danger to the developing fetus if your body temperature rises above 102 degrees. By getting a fever, by exercising too strenuously, working outside on hot summer day can cause temperature rise of your baby.

You Should Not Use a Sauna, Hot Tub or Take Long Hot Baths

Hot tubs and hot baths have a tendency to raise your body temperature and therefore are to be avoided.

You Should Avoid Herpes

Herpes when transferred to the baby during delivery, can lead to severe complications. The easiest way to avoid this possibility is to avoid contracting herpes.

Other articles about pregnancy :

Pregnancy Symptoms

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