pregnancy dos and don'ts

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please tell me general dos and don's. i heared that people says that, should not drink coffee, should not eat pappaya, sleep on left side only, etc.

tell me some common do's and don't which is believable and true in india.
 
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Most studies show no adverse effects from three or four cups of coffee
but there are some data that suggest that large amounts of caffeine lead to low-birth-weight babies.
 

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He a l t H y Pr e g n a n c y

Do’s and Don’ts



Eat this. Don’t eat that. Do this. Don’t do​

that. Pregnant women are bombarded with​

Do’s and Don’ts. It’s tough to keep it all​

straight. Pregnancy Do’s are listed below. The​

next page has a list of pregnancy Don’ts.​



Pregnancy Do’s

• See your doctor regularly. Prenatal care can help keep you and your baby healthy​

and spot problems if they occur.​

• Continue taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy. All women capable​

of pregnancy should get 400 to 800 micrograms (400 to 800 mcg or 0.4 to​

0.8 mg) of folic acid every day. Gettingenough folic acid lowers the risk of some birth defects. Taking a vitamin with folic​

acid will help you to be sure you aregetting enough.​

• Eat a variety of healthy foods. Include​

fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calciumrich foods, lean meats, and a variety of cooked seafood.​

• Get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day. Getting enough iron prevents anemia, which is linked to preterm birth and low-birth weight babies. Ask your doctor about taking a daily prenatal vitamin or iron supplement.​

• Drink extra fluids, especially water.​

• Get moving! Unless your doctor tells you​

otherwise, physical activity is good for​

you and your baby.​

• Gain a healthy amount of weight. Gaining​

more than the recommended amount​

during pregnancy increases a woman’s​

risk for pregnancy complications. It also​

makes it harder to lose the extra pounds​

after childbirth. Check with your doctor​

to find out how much weight you should​

gain during pregnancy.​

• Wash hands, especially after handling raw​

meat or using the bathroom.​

• Get enough sleep. Aim for 7 to 9 hours​

every night. Resting on your left side​

helps blood flow to you and your baby​

and prevents swelling. Using pillows​

between your legs and under your belly​

will help you get comfortable.​

• Set limits. If you can, control the stress​

in your life and set limits. Don’t be afraid​

+to say “no” to requests for your time and​

energy. Ask for help from others.​

• Make sure health problems are treated and​

kept under control. If you have diabetes,​

control your blood sugar levels. If you​

have high blood pressure, monitor it​

closely.​

•+ Ask your doctor before stopping any​

medicines you take or taking any new​

medicines. Prescription, over-thecounter, and herbal medicine all can harm​

your baby.​

• Get a flu shot. Pregnant women can​

get very sick from the flu and may need​

hospital care. Ask your doctor about the​

flu vaccine.​

• Always wear a seatbelt. The lap strap​

should go under your belly, across your​

hips. The shoulder strap should go​

between your breasts and to the side of​

your belly. Make sure it fits snuggly.​

• Join a childbirth or parenting class.page 2​

He a l t H y Pr e g n a n c y​

Steer clear of these pregnancy no-nos​

to help keep you and your baby safe and​

healthy.​




 

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Pregnancy Don’ts​

• Don’t smoke tobacco. Quitting is hard,​

but you can do it! Ask your doctor for​

help. Smoking during pregnancy passes​

nicotine and cancer-causing drugs to your​

baby. Smoking also keeps your baby from​

getting needed nourishment and raises​

the risk of miscarriage, preterm birth, and​

infant death.​

• Avoid exposure to toxic substances and​

chemicals, such as cleaning solvents, lead​

and mercury, some insecticides, and paint.​

Pregnant women should avoid exposure​

to paint fumes.​

• Protect yourself and your baby from foodborne illness, which can cause serious​

health problems and even death. Handle,​

clean, cook, eat, and store food properly.​

• Don’t drink alcohol. There is no known​

safe amount of alcohol a woman can drink​

while pregnant. Both drinking every day​

and drinking a lot of alcohol once in a​

while during pregnancy can harm the​

baby.​

• Don’t use illegal drugs. Tell your doctor​

if you are using drugs. Marijuana,​

cocaine, heroin, speed (amphetamines),​

barbiturates, and LSD are very dangerous​

for you and your baby.​

• Don’t clean or change a cat’s litter​

box. This could put you at risk for​

toxoplasmosis, an infection that can be​

very harmful to the fetus.​

• Don’t eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark,​

and tilefish, which are high in mercury.​

• Avoid contact with rodents and with their​

urine, droppings, or nesting material. This​

includes household pests and pet rodents,​

such as guinea pigs and hamsters. Rodents​

can carry a virus that can be harmful or​

even deadly to your unborn baby.​

• Don’t take very hot baths or use hot​

tubs or saunas. High temperatures can be​

harmful to the fetus, or cause you to faint.​

• Don’t use scented feminine hygiene​

products. Pregnant women should​

avoid scented sprays, sanitary napkins,​

and bubble bath. These products might​

irritate your vaginal area, and increase​

your risk of a urinary tract infection or​

yeast infection.​

• Don’t douche. Douching can irritate the​

vagina, force air into the birth canal and​

increase the increase the risk of infection.​

• Avoid x-rays. If you must have dental​

work or diagnostic tests, tell your dentist​

or physician that you are pregnant so that​

extra care can be taken.​



w o m e n s h e a l t h . g o v​
 

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hey uma,
you can drink coffee may be 2 cups a day.. restrict frequent intake of coffee as 2 much caffeine is not good for the baby's development. some say that fully ripened pappaya is ok but if the fruit is not fully ripened, the latex in the pappaya will cause your muscles to contract earlier leading to pre term or miscarriage. so to be safer avoid it. sleeping in the left side is good because it helps the blood flow and get more oxygen to you and the baby.:) but either side is ok as long as you are not sleeping in your back.


please tell me general dos and don's. i heared that people says tat, should not drink coffee, should not eat pappaya, sleep on left side only, etc.

tell me some common do's and don't which is believable and true in india.
 
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thank you lakshmi mam!!! in answers really informative with reasons behind it. thank u again.
 

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