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Things to Avoid During Pregnancy

  By posted Jan 16th 2014
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Pregnancy is a wonderful experience but one has to be extremely cautious during this time. Engaging in harmful activities will not only affect you but can also harm your baby. Here are a few things to avoid during pregnancy to ensure that you have a safe experience.

Smoking
Smoking at any given time is a health threat but smoking during pregnancy is probably one of the most dangerous causes of adverse outcomes in babies. When a pregnant woman smokes, toxins from the cigarette get into her bloodstream and affect the baby as this is the baby’s only source of oxygen and nutrients. Complications like premature births, babies born too small, death of the infant are all related to smoking during pregnancy.

Wearing high heels

Many pregnant women may argue that wearing and dealing with high heels during pregnancy is a matter of choice but the truth is that there are a number of health risks involved. The most obvious danger of wearing high heels is the possibility of losing one's balance and falling.  Other than this, the feet and ankle of pregnant women swells up during the course of her pregnancy which can cause intense pain and aggravate pain in the back and hips too. Wearing high heels will only worsen this pain.

Toxic cleaners

Most commercial cleaners are filled with toxin and can be very dangerous to a pregnant woman. Even if you are careful, the moment it touches your skin, it will get absorbed into your bloodstream. This toxicity will not only harm you but also your baby. Avoid toxic cleaners to diminish this risk completely. Try natural products or home remedies for cleaning instead.

Popping unprescribed pills
Your body can be affected in innumerable ways when you are pregnant. Unlike earlier times you cannot pop in a pill for headache or pain without a prescription. Painkillers can cause a lot more harm than good when taken without a doctor’s prescription. Therefore, remember to check with your doctor before popping any kind of pill.

Cleaning cat litter
Cat’s urine and faeces contain bacteria that are toxic for a pregnant woman. Being around cat litter, you are at risk of being exposed to toxoplasmosis. While its okay to have a cat in the house, make sure that the pregnant woman is not the one cleaning the litter. Don’t even go close to it as the fumes alone have been known to be toxic.

 

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