When you first find out you're pregnant, you're likely overwhelmed with excitement. But not long after that, the worrying sets in. If you've never been pregnant before, you may not know what is safe and what is not safe for your unborn child. To make it even more confusing, there are a lot of rumors out there that are simply untrue and can mislead you into believing that some things are unsafe when they are perfectly fine.
This article will introduce you to some foods and activities you should avoid while you're pregnant. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive list, so be sure to speak to your doctor or other professional at a Reno pregnancy center.
Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
These are generally common knowledge, but are still worth mentioning due to the severe effects that consuming these items can have on an unborn fetus. No matter what you may hear, no amount of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs is safe for your baby. You need to avoid these substances completely.
If you're a heavy coffee drinker, you're going to need to seriously cut back on your consumption when you're pregnant. While some caffeine is safe, too much has been shown to lead to low birth weight and premature birth, as well as other complications. Most doctors recommend you consume no more than about 200 mg of caffeine a day while you're pregnant, so you should still be okay to drink one cup of coffee a day. However, less is always better, so cut back as much as you can.
You should also avoid raw eggs or any food or drinks that may contain raw eggs. While the eggs themselves are not directly harmful to a fetus, consuming raw eggs can lead to salmonella poisoning. This causes fever, vomiting, and dehydration, and this sickness can cause a miscarriage. So ensure your eggs are thoroughly cooked, and avoid items that contain raw eggs, like fresh Caesar salad dressings and unpasteurized eggnog.
You may have heard from friends or family that you should avoid the hot tub altogether when you're pregnant. While this has some truth to it, you can, in fact, relax in a hot tub upon occasion. The important thing to remember is that you don't let your internal body temperature rise too much. Doing so can cause birth defects or miscarriage. So if you want to hang out in a hot tub, either ensure the temperature is not set too high, or simply get out when you feel yourself starting to sweat. This should help keep your body temperature low enough that it won't affect the fetus.
Generally speaking, you can continue with almost any exercise regimen you were following prior to becoming pregnant. Exercise is actually highly recommended, except in certain cases where your doctor determines that you are at a high risk for miscarriage. However, if you were participating in any activities that have a high potential for heavy impact to the body, you should stop participating.
This can include high-impact sports like football or rugby, or activities with the potential for a painful fall, like rock climbing or horseback riding. Obviously, if you could ensure that you would never fall from the horse or have a bad slip while rock climbing, these activities would be perfectly safe, but since nobody can make those sorts of guarantees, it's best to avoid them altogether.