9 Do's and Dont's in Pregnancy
Healthy prenatal eating isn't just about avoiding, it's about choosing wisely.
1 Don't smoke
Babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are likely to have a lower birth rate and are at greater risk for learning disabilities than children born to non- smoking mothers. However, children born to women who smoke at a younger age become regular smokers due to physiologic nicotine addiction.
2 Do visit your dentist
American college of obstetricians and gynaecologists recommend expectant mothers should have a routine oral health assessment while Pregnant, along with regular dental cleanings.
3 Do not eat raw seafood
Raw and undercooked meat and eggs carry the risk of foodborne illness, such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis. Food poisoning is also a possibility. This condition can cause serious life-threatening illness that could lead to severe birth defects and even miscarriage, make sure you eat well-cooked eggs and meat.
4 Don't sit in a hot bathtub or sauna
Hot tubs, sauna's, jacuzzi may be too dangerous for expecting mothers because of the high heat environment of hot tubs. In the first trimester, it may double your risk of miscarriage. Soaking your body in hot water can raise body temperature and it causes the problem with the baby.
5 Do go to sleep on your side in the third trimester
Going to sleep on your back in the third semester doubles your risk at child birth.you may wake up in all sorts of position during the night but make sure you sleep on your side when you wake up to find yourself in the wrong position.
6 Do monitor your baby movement
Your baby movement is a sign that they are well. Start monitoring movement at around 24 weeks and if you see a reduction in movement, seek medical help immediately.
7 Do take folic acid and vitamin D
Folic acid reduces your baby's risk of neural tube defects to almost nil. It is ideal to start taking it three months before conception buy if it's too late for that, start taking the recommended daily amount now and continue taking it until the end of the first trimester.
8 Vitamin D
Taking a daily vitamin D supplement is even more important if you are at risk of vitamin deficiency. These are the supplement you need in Pregnancy unless your doctor or midwife diagnosis a deficiency such as iron deficiency.
9 Do not drink alcohol
Don't drink alcohol especially in the first trimester when the baby brain is going through a period of development. When you drink, alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta to your baby.