What NOT to Do During the First Trimester of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman and her family. It’s also a time to be aware of the special precautions that need to be taken to ensure the best outcome for Mom and baby. Below, we’ll discuss what NOT to do during the first trimester to ensure a healthy, safe pregnancy.
Avoid Certain Activities & Exercises
It’s important to avoid activities such as running, contact sports, and high-impact aerobics during the first trimester. Pregnant women should also avoid exercises or activities where they could fall down or may experience jarring motions or jarring contact with their body. Additionally, pregnant women should avoid exercises where they have to lay on their stomach or back while in the first trimester.
Avoid Certain Foods and Drinks
Foods to Avoid
- Raw or undercooked seafood, poultry, and meats
- Raw eggs and unpasteurized milk
- Unwashed fruits and vegetables
- Unpasteurized juices
- Soft cheeses
- Deli meats
- Some varieties of fish, such as swordfish, king mackerel, and shark
Drinks to Avoid
- Caffeinated soft drinks
- Herbal tea
- Unpasteurized juices and cider
It’s important to note that pregnant women should always consult their obstetrician or midwife before consuming any foods or drinks not listed above.
Avoid Certain Over-the-Counter Drugs and Supplements
- Always speak with a doctor or pharmacist before taking any medications or supplements during the first trimester.
- OTC and prescription pain medications*
- Vitamin A in doses above recommended daily doses
- Herbal supplements
*Note: Pregnant women should not use aspirin or ibuprofen during the first trimester unless recommended by a medical professional.
Avoid Certain Substances
it is imperative that pregnant women avoid all substances that could be a risk to the baby. This includes:
- Illegal drugs
- Excessive caffeine
- Exposure to cleaning chemicals
Pregnant women should also reduce stress during the first trimester by practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga. It’s also important to get plenty of rest and increase your intake of healthy foods.
By following the recommendations above, pregnant women can ensure the best outcome for themselves and their babies. However, it’s important to always consult a medical professional before making any decisions regarding your health during pregnancy.
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