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What you should not do during first trimester

Here are things you should stay away from during your first trimester:

Avoid over-the-counter medications:-

Medicines taken by you can cross the placenta and enter the bloodstream of your baby. Hence it’s best to know the safety of any medications you’re taking during pregnancy – especially in the first trimester. There are certain medications like anti-epileptic drugs which can cause genetic defects in the baby. If you are already on medication for a previous health condition talk to your doctor regarding its safety or alternatives. Your doctor will replace more toxic drugs with milder ones so that the baby is affected as little as possible.

Be cautious with food intake:-

Foods to be avoided during pregnancy include raw/undercooked meat, soft cheese, seafood and raw eggs. They could be possible sources of harmful bacteria and parasite. Bacterial infection may cause severe food poisoning. If you get infected for the first time with toxoplasmosis parasite during your first trimester of pregnancy, it can cross the placenta and harm your baby. Keep away from seafood that is high in mercury which can damage the developing nervous system of your baby and cause developmental delays and brain damage. Here are seven things that you should avoid during pregnancy.

Quit smoking:-

When you smoke your unborn baby gets affected by the chemicals from the cigarette. There is an increased risk for premature rupture of the amniotic sac, placenta prevail (a condition where the placenta is placed in an unusual position in the uterus), miscarriage, and neonatal death. It has also been found that newborns whose mothers smoked during pregnancy have the same nicotine levels in their bloodstream as adults who smoke. The child goes through withdrawal symptoms from the first day of its life, just like an adult would.

Passive and active smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of health and behavioral problems in the baby and is linked to infant mortality. According to a British research, pregnant women who puff can triple their baby’s chance of developing meningitis. Chewing tobacco during pregnancy decreases the gestational age at birth and decreases birth weight. Here are five ways in which smoking during pregnancy can harm your baby.

Avoid alcohol:-

Excessive drinking impairs the mental and physical development of your baby, in what is known as fetal alcohol syndrome. It is known to cause a range of health problems from behavioral disorders and impaired IQ to facial disfigurement in unborn babies. It may also be a contributing factor for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Alcohol could give rise to fetal alcohol syndrome in your baby.

Manage stress effectively:-

High levels of stress can affect the unborn baby’s health and increase your chances of miscarriage. Stress and depression stimulate the production of certain chemicals and hormones in your body that can constrict blood vessels and decrease oxygen supply to the uterus and affect your baby’s growth. Here is how to avoid stress during the nine months of pregnancy.

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Stop dieting:-

You may end up with deficiency of iron, folic acid, vitamins and minerals which can potentially harm you and your baby. If you are morbidly obese when you get pregnant your doctor may advise you to lose weight. But it should be done only under his/her supervision.

Avoid hot tubs and sauna:-

Stay out of saunas and hot tubs. They have been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. They can raise your core body temperature which can cause dehydration and threaten the developing baby.

Say NO to Junk Food:-

The first trimester is very crucial and you need to eat extra nutrients for your growing fetus. So say no to all the junk food completely as it only fills your stomach but does not provide you with essential nutrients required at this stage. Choose a diet which is high in protein, fiber-rich carbohydrates, iron and calcium.

Say NO to Activities involving the risk of falling:-

Completely avoid activities that put you at a risk for falling or increase the chances of trauma to your abdomen. Amusement park rides are a complete no for a pregnant woman, since a forceful landing or sudden start or stop can harm your baby. Stay off of roller coasters and don't ever plan to go skydiving or bungee jumping, right. Do not indulge in any activity where you think you can lose your balance and fall. A woman is most likely to have a miscarriage during the first trimester, therefore take all the possible steps to prevent a mishap.

Say NO to Hectic schedules:-

In the first trimester choose trips which are full of relaxation rather than which involve lots of sightseeing throughout the day. Stay stress free, and try to be relaxed during the day. Stop setting hectic schedules for yourself. Alternatively, try to indulge in leisure activities. Try to be happy and take out time to take small naps during the day whenever possible. Avoid exerting yourself too much simply rest whenever you can.

Say NO to Lifting, Tugging and Pulling Heavy objects:-

You should not try to move heavy furniture at home no matter what. Take special care at home and at work. Ask people to help you as lifting or moving heavy stuff is not at all good for you and your baby. Remember not to lift heavy objects especially in the first trimester and also throughout the pregnancy. Lifting, tugging, and pulling are extremely strenuous activities for a woman in her first trimester, therefore should be completely avoided.

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