First time mothers are often unsure of what to avoid when pregnant. The list of things to avoid can vary from activities to foods, but most importantly vary from person to person. If you are uncertain about something it’s best to ask your doctor. They will be familiar with your health history and they are trained to answer your questions. If you are concerned about something specific and feel your doctor is not taking your concern seriously, then consider seeking a second opinion.As for a normal list of what to avoid when pregnant, take a look at the following foods and activities you should steer clear of.Foods to Avoid When Pregnant
Unpasteurized dairy foods, Ricotta, Feta, Brie, Camembert, Queso Fresco, Raw Milk, Fish with mercury, Deli Meat, Raw Meat, Smoked Seafood, Shellfish, Swordfish, Shark, Tilefish, King Mackerel, Pate or Meat Spreads, Caffeine, Alcohol, Unwashed Vegetables
Unpasteurized dairy foods may contain bacteria called listeria. Listeria has been known to cause miscarriages and potentially cause infections or blood poisoning in a fetus.
Seafood can be very healthy for a baby’s brain development because it is high in omega-3 fatty acids and is high in protein. Unfortunately, some fish (especially shellfish) contain dangerously high levels of mercury. These high levels can harm a baby’s nervous system and cause permanent damage.
Food Preparation Tips
- Avoid all processed meats like hot dogs and bologna
- Cook all your meats fully and at high temperatures
- Cook eggs thoroughly until the yolks and whites are hard
- Don’t purchase pre-stuffed poultry
Activities to Avoid When Pregnant
- Water sports that require excess physical activity and can result in falling
- Snowboarding, skiing or sledding, surfing, water skiing, scuba diving
- Contact sports like tennis, basketball, hockey or soccer
- Amusement park rides that may have sudden halts, jerking motions or a forceful landing
- Horseback riding, bicycling, running, gymnastics
- Any activity that places you in an overheating environment i.e., hot tubs, saunas jacuzzis
Excessive and sudden movements while pregnant can damage your baby’s development. There are many activities not provided on this list that can cause physical and neurological harm to your fetus. What’s important is that you keep your body in a consistently calm environment and motion.
If you are hesitant to do something that will be strenuous or your feel discomfort in any way, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it. Your baby’s health will depend largely on your health so make your pregnancy a safe one.
Please add to our list of what to avoid when pregnant in the comments below.