This list of do’s and don’ts can shed some light on what you should worry about — and what you really shouldn’t fret over.
REST: Do get lots of sleep Changing hormone levels, anticipation, and anxiety can make sleep elusive during your nine months of pregnancy.
Pregnancy is demanding, especially in the final trimester, and you’ll need your sleep.
EXERCISE: Do work out Gone are the days of pregnant women avoiding lifting a finger during their pregnancies: We now know that exercise is good for mama and baby.
Mind you, if you didn’t exercise regularly before you found out you were expecting, ask your doctor about incorporating a fitness routine into your day.
AVOID RAW FISH: Yes, it is very advisable for pregnant women should avoid raw fish and fish that may contain high levels of mercury.
DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
Alcohol may greatly impact your baby’s development. Women who drink alcohol while pregnant could deliver a baby with fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Symptoms of FAS include:
- low birth weight
- learning disabilities
- behavior problems
- lagging patterns in terms of growth and development milestones.
DO HAVE SEX: Regular Sex during pregnancy is fine, as long as you don’t have a complicating factor such as placenta previa or another type of high-risk pregnancy.
Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about the safety of intercourse during your pregnancy.
Do gain weight smartly The “eat for two” advice to expecting mothers isn’t a license to eat whatever you’d like.
AVOID GAINING WEIGHT: a lot of weight during pregnancy may do more harm to your baby than good.