You’ve probably heard or read a lot of things about dos and don’ts during pregnancy that have left you utterly bewildered. Should you get rid of your pet cat? Must you drink milk every day? Why do some remove cheese from their diet then? Why is smoking so bad? We’ve got all the answers to your questions, so here goes.
Should I gain some weight?
You absolutely must. It is said you should gain from 20 to 30 pounds during your pregnancy. Everybody is an individual, but in no way are you to starve yourself due to the media pressure (all those celeb and fitness moms with their “perfect’ bodies”), nor are you to eat twice as much because you’re “eating for two now”. Find the balance!
Should I use medicine?
If prescribed by your doctor, of course. Still, say goodbye to any over the counter medicine which you used to take for granted. Even the most mundane painkiller is not to be taken lightly. Your body is changing, and it will not react in the same manner to it, not to mention the possible consequences for the fetus.
Should I evict my pet cat?
No, there is no need to get rid of your furry friend just because you’re with a baby. However, what you shouldn’t do is change the kitty litter, or if needs be, you can use gloves for the purpose.
What you are really scared of is toxoplasmosis, a parasite which can cause miscarriage or stillbirth. Even if you get it three months before you get the baby, you are in danger of your baby suffering severely. The parasite is usually found in cat’s feces or litter, but you can get infected while gardening through some other cat’s feces.
To avoid all the trouble, wash your hands after touching felines, and make sure to wear gloves when needed.
Should I quit smoking?
Absolutely, yes. No matter what you’ve been doing up until the present moment and you are fully indulging yourself in a cigarette and coffee daily, that has to stop. At the least, the baby in your belly will be developing at a much slower rate, as proved by the latest research about the risks of smoking while pregnant. The list is quite long; from reduced oxygen intake to poisoning the baby with harmful chemicals.
By the way, the same goes for second-hand smoking, too.
Should I eat cheese?
Yes and no. It depends on the type. It is highly recommendable that you eat dairy products daily due to calcium intake. Nevertheless, all milk must be pasteurized. For this reason, types of cheese that may contain infectious bacteria are out of the menu: brie, camembert, blue cheese, feta, or queso fresco.
Should I do exercises?
Yes, by all means, do. What is very dangerous is that you spend too much time in the same position, either sitting or standing, so try to walk as much as possible. Provided everything is OK with your pregnancy, you can continue with light exercises. However, you should forget about any too strenuous activities you’ve been practicing so far.
How much should I educate myself?
As you can see, due to many misconceptions, you should always consult your doctor, and try to find some good read on pregnancy. Still, it has to be admitted that some pieces of advice are to be taken with a pinch of salt, especially if they are stories from social networks and not official research.
Should I sleep on my back?
That depends on how far along you are. When you enter your third trimester, sleeping on the back is extremely risky as it may cause stillbirth. The chances of that are doubled in that way, so you should always sleep on the side. Naturally, you may wake up in the middle of the night sleeping on your back but always go to sleep safely – on your side.
These are just a few pieces of advice which, hopefully, provided you with better insight with what you should and shouldn’t do during pregnancy. This is both a beautiful and stressful period of your life, but you are already on the right way – we’ve just solved some of your dilemmas, haven’t we?