After the initial excitement (and perhaps panic) of finding out you’re pregnant calms, you’ll probably start combing the web or looking to friends and family for advice. Pregnancy comes with a ton of advice, some unsolicited that may or may not be accurate.
Trying to remember what’s best for you and the baby can sometimes get lost in the mix of morning sickness, buying baby gear, and picturing a future with your beautiful newborn in your arms. And if you have a lot of questions about your pregnancy, you’re not alone. In the meantime, it’s a good idea to read up on the most important habits to avoid during pregnancy.
The things you should never do during pregnancy include;
1. Never skip your prenatal vitamins.
During your first prenatal appointment, you may end up with a prescription for prenatal vitamins or a suggestion for an over-the-counter supplement.
These vitamins are different from ones you might take daily with breakfast. According to the American Pregnancy Association, prenatal vitamins contain necessary supplements for pregnant women, like iron and calcium, that your body needs more of as you grow a baby.
2. Never abandon healthy eating just because ‘you’re eating for two.
You have another human being growing inside you that depends on your nutrients for its nourishment, but that doesn’t mean you should be “eating for two” by doubling up your portions.
Dietitian Jamie Dawn Tucker explained to UC Davis Health that overeating can lead to difficult-to-control weight gain during pregnancy. Although you should certainly gain some weight, gaining too much while pregnant can lead to conditions like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes.
3. Never start a new diet without your doc’s approval.
Gaining a lot of weight during pregnancy could lead to health complications, but losing weight can also be a problem. It’s one thing to watch for weight gain, but it’s a different ball game to actively start dieting while pregnant. Nutritionist Jamie Dawn Tucker told UC Davis Health, “Pregnancy is not the time to start a crash diet or actively pursue weight loss.
4. Never self-medicate.
Some medications are completely safe to take while you’re pregnant — and your doctor knows which ones are best for you. You should avoid self-medicating, as even some over-the-counter medications can be harmful to an unborn baby who shares your blood and, therefore, the medicines contained in it.
The Cleveland Clinic suggests making sure your doctor is aware of your pregnancy if they prescribe a medication, as they may need to weigh the benefits and potential risks to you and your baby.
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