5 Foods to Avoid In Pregnancy

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For every woman, pregnancy remains the most cherished period of her life. She is excited about the little life budding inside her gradually. She is willing to give it all for the health and well being of her baby. However, sometimes unknowingly women end up doing things which harm themselves and hence their growing fetus. These are some of the things which are absolutely not to be done for a healthy mother and a healthier baby.


1.    Alcohol

Can’t resist the charm of scotch or beer for nine months? Please do resist unless you want to damage the baby’s liver. Although evidences have suggested that occasional drinking might not pose a threat but why take a risk?

Alcohol easily crosses the placenta and the baby liver fails to process it at a normal pace. Too much alcohol results in low birth weight babies or babies with Alcohol spectrum disorder. Worse? It also increases your chances to miscarriage. So hitting the bottle is not a good idea while you are pregnant.


2.    Smoking

Unlike alcohol, there is no debate about the fact that smoking during pregnancy is more than harmful for your developing baby. It not only results in low birth and premature babies, but also results in miscarriages, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS) and Respiratory illnesses. So next time you have the urge to smoke during pregnancy, keep the fact in mind that every single cigarette you avoid gives a better life to your baby. 


3.    Drugs

Cocaine, Ecstasy, Cannabis? They are all hard to avoid if you are a junkie but it would get easier if you get to know that exposure to drugs in the womb might cause n number of anomalies, cleft lip and palate, defects in the eye and abnormalities in the Nervous System to name a few. 

It is also not at all advised to take any kind of medication without consulting your doctor.

  • Bottom line  Avoid drugs as much as you can!


4.    If not drugs, Caffeine might bring back the fun

Did anyone ever mention to you that too much tea or coffee is not a wise substitute to drugs, booze or smoke? Taking too much tea and coffee poses a threat of diabetes for the baby along with chances to miscarriages and low birth weight babies.

Confused? No need to give up on your favorite Indian tea. So much caffeine is safe? Less than 200 mg is considered safe.


5.    Avoiding physical exercise is not the way you do it

You definitely need to abstain from heavy physical activities but light to moderate amount of exercise is recommended during pregnancy, the best option being brisk walking for at least 10- 15 minutes a day.  It has been recommended that a total of  minimum 150 minutes of physical exercise a week keeps the mother and baby in a happier and healthier state.


6.    Say no to X Rays

The first and the last three months form the time when maximum development of child takes place. Any form of exposure to the X rays is absolutely contraindicated in this period. So do not forget to let your doctor know about your pregnancy the next time you get a tooth ache.


7.    Dietary regime: what to include, what not to include?

Pregnancy comes with its own diet cravings and despise for different foods for different people. People would tell you differently about what diet to maintain during the essential nine months. Here is a list about what to include in your diet and what not:

  •      Say no to  Fish with high Mercury content (shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish), Junk food, Uncooked or raw vegetables, Raw meat, Raw eggs, Soft cheeses (Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, feta, Gorgonzola), Liver products, Vitamin A products, Unpasteurized milk.


There are no two ways about the fact that pregnancy needs a lot of caution and care, but the result that follows makes it more than worth it all. So make sure you follow these simple tips to ensure an easy and blessed motherhood. Do not forget to consult your doctor before trying anything new as the nine months are way too essential and tender to take chances. We wish you a happy motherhood.

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