During pregnancy there are, of course, the obvious things you need to avoid, like drugs and alcohol. For the most part though, things in your life can stay fairly normal. You can carry on like usual eating the foods you love, exercising, etc. That being said, there are a few other things that are big no-no’s for pregnant women. Things that need to be avoiding during pregnancy for your safety as well as the safety of the little person growing inside of you.
Things to avoid when pregnant:
- Contact Sports – You can continue exercising during pregnancy (unless advised not to by your doctor) but that doesn’t mean you can still do everything you could before you got pregnant. If you partake in contact sports like kickboxing, martial arts, skiing, football, soccer, etc you should stop during you pregnancy. The risk of injury to yourself and your fetus is too great with these activities. Talk to your doctor about what sports are considered safe for you during pregnancy.
- Hot tubs and Saunas – Water activities are great for pregnant women. Swimming and water aerobics are great ways to get your exercise without feeling the extra weight and pressure from the pregnancy. However, it is not safe to use the hot tub and sauna at your local pool (or any where for that matter). The high temperatures are unsafe. A rise in your core body temperature can lead to fetal abnormalities.
- Raw Seafood, Sushi – Seafood, if cook and eaten in moderation, is considered safe during pregnancy. However, sushi is not. Raw seafood can carry parasites which could cause you to become ill or affect the fetus. So if you have a hankering for seafood go for the cooked variety and skip the sushi.
For the most part the list of things you need to avoid is usually short. There are more things you can continue doing versus those you need to avoid. Be sure to talk at length with your doctor early in your pregnancy to determine what is considered safe and what you should avoid. Be prepared for things to change during your pregnancy. If complications arise your doctor may add a few things to that list of things to avoid.