Your world suddenly changes once you hear the news that you are on your way to becoming a mother. There a sudden rush of excitement as you unravel every detail of the nine-month long journey. The changes may not be quite noticeable at first, but as the days pass by, you experience pregnancy-related symptoms that you thought would just go away in seconds. These changes occur as the hormones in your body start kicking in and works more to adjust to your condition.
This overproduction of hormones triggers changes in your physical, mental, as well as emotional well-being. Your body responds to the baby growing inside your tummy. As a result, you will feel different things inside and outside your body. You observe your whole body system adjusting to your condition. And even if your doctor has provided you with a list of do’s and don’ts, still it does not seem that everything has been well covered.
Your secondary care providers are there with you most of the time as well. They are not the first to feel how your body responds to the growing fetus in your womb, however. You are also the first to experience and see the changes in your hair, skin, and nails. With all the information that you have been provided with, you still need these safety guidelines to ensure that you will have a healthy pregnancy.
Lessen the risk
Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy makes a woman’s body quite unpredictable. Pregnancy-related symptoms appear in most pregnant women. It could be from the most common changes as morning sickness, nausea, swelling, to the less common health concerns, like vision changes. Other than the overproduction of hormones in the body that triggers unusual changes, there are other factors that may put your and your baby’s health to danger. It is best that you understand what these things are and make sure that you only do those things that will lessen the risk.
Avoid alcoholic beverages, smoking, even second-hand smoking
We all know that even alcoholic drinks are bad for health. So is smoking. The danger is greater for pregnant women as whatever she consumes will affect the fetus as it draws everything from the mother. Heavy drinking, according to studies, can cause fetal alcohol syndrome.
Smoking, even more, second-hand smoking, is also not healthy for pregnancy, so make sure to avoid it.
Say No to coffee and soda
Experts say that drinking more than three to four eight-ounce cups of coffee) may increase the risk of miscarriage. It is better to drink juices and more water instead.
Cold, Flu, and Pain Medications
Medications used to treat allergies such as Benadryl, antihistamines, and most cold remedies are safe for use during pregnancy. However, doctors advise that expectant mothers should not take decongestants as they can trigger high blood pressure and uterine contractions. Aspirin, on the other hand, can cause blood clotting in the fetus. Other pain relievers like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and other over-the-counter remedies should be taken with precaution. It is best to consult your primary caregiver if you need to take any of these drugs.
Exercise. You may feel sluggish during most of your pregnancy
Exercising for about 15 minutes away will keep you feeling refreshed and in a positive mood throughout the day. Start with simple exercises such as walking, swimming, and other light exercises if you haven’t done it before pregnancy. Make sure that you keep your body hydrated while doing the exercises.
Take supplemental vitamins and herbal remedies
It is good to take supplemental vitamins, especially if you are experiencing pregnancy-related symptoms that limit your body’s absorption of the essential nutrients. However, there are vitamin supplements and herbal medications that are dangerous when taken when pregnant. Some herbs may be toxic, hence should not be taken. Vitamins A and E, on the other hand, may cause birth defects when taken in high doses.
For the recommended dietary requirement, consult your doctor for the appropriate prenatal vitamin or supplemental vitamins that you need to take.
Take precaution when using devices that emit high-frequency radiation.
It may be impossible to totally avoid exposure to devices that emit radiation. But if you can manage not to use or limit the use of devices that will expose you to this harmful radiation (like TV, mobile phones, and so on), do so.
Make sure to take only cooked meat and fish.
Consuming these food increases the risk of bacterial infection and parasites that may be passed to your unborn child. This could affect the brain development and impair the growth of your baby.
There is a greater risk of travel-associated miscarriage according to studies. It will be a smart decision to stay close to home, especially during the first trimester. If you will have to travel, make sure to plan ahead to have a stress-free one. Always bring the necessities and engage only in activities that will be safe for both you and your baby.
Wait for the third trimester before having hair treatments.
There are so many hazardous chemicals included in hair treatment formulas. These chemicals may pass through your skin and enter the life-giving source for your baby. Even if they say that studies linking to the negative effects of these hair treatment products on pregnancy, it is still best to stay safe than sorry.
Anyway, you can always have that hair treatment you have always wanted once you have given birth to your baby.
Knowing is only half of having a healthy pregnancy. Make sure that you remember and follow these guidelines throughout your pregnancy to ensure that you will enjoy a stress-free delivery. If there is anything that confuses you, always consider the advice of your primary care provider.