Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

For some women, pregnancy is said to be one of the best times in their lives when they are feeling blessed and divine. For the others, it’s 9 incredible months of feeling all the negative symptoms you could possibly imagine: nausea, weakness, swelling, hormones raging and so on. What both of these mum types have in common, though, is the care for their unborn child (or children). You have probably heard a few stories on dos and don’ts yourself, so let’s take a look at the list of no-nos and reasons why it is so.

Strenuous exercise

No matter what kind of life you used to lead and how much you were able to lift at the gym, you have to come to peace that it’s not all about you anymore.  There is someone much more important gaining his or her muscles, and your gains will just have to wait a bit. Moderate exercise is recommendable (such as swimming or walking), and it’s advisable you check any ideas with your doctor. Contact sports, scuba diving, intense weight lifting, downhill skiing are sports to be avoided due to higher risks of injuries, or the fact that big strains stop oxygen and blood flow to the placenta. Basically, it’s the same as if you stepped onto the umbilical cord.

Certain foods

There is a fine line between eating healthily and eating too much in pregnancy. Either way, there are some foods that should be avoided, despite their nutritious qualities or the fact they are consider healthy. For instance, you should definitely stay away from: sushi (due to the raw fish), shellfish, raw eggs, soft cheeses, fish containing high level of mercury, smoked seafood, or any unpasteurized products. The list of downsides is a long one. Lots of these may contain listeria, which is bacteria that can cause an infection, eventually leading to blood poisoning.


Here is one that goes without saying, and yet 13% of moms-to-be still continue to smoke during pregnancy. For anyone in doubt, they can take a look at a 4D ultrasound video showing clear differences between babies who are exposed to smoke and nicotine intake, and those who aren’t. Cigarettes contain a plethora of poisonous substances apart from nicotine, and they are known to have a detrimental effect on the central nervous system. Cleft lip or cleft palate is just one of many conditions triggered by smoking.

By the way, not even e-cigarettes are harmless enough.


While in the old days you would simply reach for any pain relief or other over-the-counter medicine, it is extremely forbidden to do now that you are with a baby. Simply put, never take any medicine without consulting your doctor first. The negative effects are too dangerous.

Cat’s litter

Despite the fact that it sounds like an old grandma’s tale that every pregnant woman should avoid cats at all costs, there is some truth to it.

Toxoplasmosis is a parasite found in cats feces, so you should avoid emptying the litter box, or immediately wash your hands afterwards, or use gloves for the purpose. The parasite can enter placenta, causing birth defects, and even death to the unborn baby. Still, it doesn’t mean you should get rid of your pet. Just be extra careful about its daily duty, and beware that toxoplasmosis can be found in the soil in your garden, or unwashed vegetables, too.

Hair dye

If you take a look at the long list of hair colouring product ingredients, it’s very toxic, isn’t it? However, these are supposedly too low to have any impact on you. Still, to be on the safe side, you could avoid dying your hair during the first trimester, or opt for highlights instead. Henna is also an option for some, and you should always respect the time period needed for colouring your hair.

The truth is that your skin has become much more sensitive during pregnancy, hence you should avoid any allergy triggers.

Indeed, this time of your life requires a lot of caution and restrictions. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t be overprotective either. Simply make a few adjustments, and try to enjoy the ride. Actually, you could become your best and healthiest self thanks to the extra care you will be taking.


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