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Tips on What Not to Do During Pregnancy

Updated on September 17, 2014
Me when I was pregnant in the past.
Me when I was pregnant in the past.

When I was pregnant, everybody had an opinion on what I should and should not do to have a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby. What is the truth? Here is empirically-based research of what a pregnant woman should not do during her pregnancy. However, you should always seek medical advice from your obstetrician when you are pregnant. Here are some good tips you should follow:

1. Limit the Caffeine You Consume.

You should not drink more than 200 mg of caffeine during your pregnancy. Drinking more that 200 mg a day, may increase your unborn baby's heart rate, and make it overlyactive. Your baby already has a very fast heartbeat which is normal, but you don't want to make it work over-time. It can also leave long-term damages and can impede the normal developmental stages of the baby when born.

Most OB/GYNs agree, you can have your morning caffeinated coffee; but after that, you consume very minimal amounts of caffeine. Remember, even food, and sadly chocolate, contain some caffeine. Remember to always read the nutritional labels before you eat something. You would be surprised at what us really in our food. Talk to your doctor. Also, when dining out, find out exactly is your food that you order, and how they are preparing it. Your pregnant, your server will completely understand, and will be happy to help you. You are the Queen, and you should own it.

2. Be Wary of Pasteurized Milk.

You should not eat unpasteurized cheeses, raw eggs, or soft served ice cream. If you are getting ice cream while you are out and about, ask if it is soft-served ice cream. Many of the ice cream we buy is soft-served, Many of the ice-cream at Dairy Queen and Baskin Robbins is soft-served, but doesn't tell you that when you order; so, make sure to ask the store's employee. I know it's not fair since your craving all this ice cream, but you have to be careful.

Also, you need to skip the egg nog during the holidays, and not the eat any raw cookie dough (even if it tastes so good). You should also not eat raw shellfish, or raw fish, including sushi. Certain fish should also be avoided, ask your doctor on what you can eat during pregnancy. Most doctors have tons of pamphlets and papers on nutrition during pregnancy. It's only nine months, you can do it.

3. Be Careful of Harmful Chemicals.

Do not use harsh chemicals when cleaning your house during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about which chemicals and cleaning agents are safe to use during this time. Even better, get your partner to do the cleaning for you. You should put your feet up and relax. Making a baby is hard work. Also, if you can, get them to put the gas in your car. It's not harmful for you do to do it, but it's always best to play safe than sorry.

4. Don't Eat More Than One Hotdog a Week.

You should not eat hot dogs when you are pregnant. Also, it has been shown through case studies that children under the 5 who consume 2 or more hot dogs per-week had an increased risk of developing cancer during adolescence. This also included pregnant mothers who ate more than two or more hot dogs per week during their pregnancy. This was news to me, because I am vegetarian.

As was said previously, talk to your doctor about what is appropriate for you to eat during your pregnancy. Also, ask you doctor what is healthy for your child should eat or drink during early childhood. A pediatrician may have more reliable answers concerning this then your OB/GYN. It doesn't hurt to ask both doctors.

5. Don't Overheat Your Belly or Body.

Avoid things that which will cause undue heat to your body, such as electric blankets. They have been shown to cause an increase in temperature to your stomach, which can be harmful to the child. Also, saunas are unhealthy due to the high temperature of the water. One of the things I really missed when I was pregnant was really, really hot baths, but they just aren't safe for the pregnancy.

Additionally, do not use a waterbeds during your pregnancy; waterbeds have a heater in them, and that will cause your core temperature to rise. This is something that is definitely not good for the baby.

Remember, always talk to your doctor about what you should and should not do during your pregnancy. If you want to get a second opinion, that is your right as a patient.


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    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I didn"t know about some of these but then it has been ages since my child bearing years. I am sure expectant women would be much better off to follow this advice.

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 

      4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Great tips! I didn't know about the ice cream and the one about hot dogs just blew me away...thanks for sharing.

    • Alli Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Alli Rose Smith 

      4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you all for you kind comments.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I'm sure that following these tips will help the pregnant woman. Thank you for sharing.

    • MarleneB profile image

      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 years ago from USA

      These are all rules that women should naturally follow, yet I still see mothers-to-be doing things they shouldn't. It's good to have reminders to help it sink in.

    • Sandra Eastman profile image

      Sandra Joy Eastman 

      4 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Great tips. It funny how once we're past baby age we forget all those things

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      Andrew Smith 

      4 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Also: don't do bellyflops in the pool.


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