Pregnant Woman Holding Belly

Congrats future mama, you’re going to have a baby! 


We know this is a super exciting time and a huge part of womanhood … it’s finally time for you to bring mini-you into this world. However, it’s completely normal and extremely common to feel nervous about what’s to come. 


Pregnancy is a huge responsibility, and for most women, it’s something they have never experienced before. Suddenly, you may have all sorts of thoughts running through your head: “Will I have to switch up my routine?”... “Do I need to change my diet?” … “Can I still do all the things I enjoy doing?”


Well rest assured, there aren’t many strict rules for you to follow, or do’s and don'ts while you’re pregnant. Your life can go on as it has while your baby is growing in your belly. 


However, the health and safety of you and your baby is the most important thing during this time, so here are some things that you may need or want to avoid during your pregnancy. 


Certain Foods 

The closest thing you have to a rule has to do with what you eat and drink. You will start experiencing all kinds of pregnancy cravings, which is completely normal. However, it’s important to balance out your diet in order to cater to both what you want, and what your baby needs to grow strong and healthy in your belly. 


Here are a list of certain foods that should be avoided while you’re expecting:


Raw Fish: Undercooked or raw fish can cause different kinds of viral, bacterial, and parasitic types of infections. These infections can have a negative effect on both you and your baby. If you’re an avid sushi lover, you’ll need to stay off of it for the next few months!


Unpasteurized Foods: Although you’ll be tempted to resort to ready-to-eat foods that are very easy and convenient, they can be harmful because of the possibility of it being contaminated with Listeria. This would include foods like raw eggs, pre-packaged meat, unpasteurized milk, cheese, and juices. 


Mercury in Fish: Although fish is an excellent source of nutrients, some fish can be very high in mercury which can be harmful to the growth of your baby’s brain. This would include fish like shark, tuna, marlin, and king mackerel. 


Cleaning Products 

Cleaning Products

You’re going to have a new found importance in checking the labels of cleaning products that you use around the house. If you are using any cleaning products, glues, or paints around the house, be sure to look out for any safety directions or warnings for pregnant women on the packaging. 


You can filter out all the products with strong and harmful chemicals, and opt for more healthy and natural cleaning products. When you clean around the house, it’s a good idea to make sure the windows and doors are open so the room is well ventilated.


Alcohol 

There is no safe amount of alcohol consumption when you’re pregnant, so it should be completely avoided when you’re expecting. 


Alcohol is extremely dangerous if it is consumed since it enters the mothers bloodstream and passes through to the baby through the umbilical cord. This can cause serious implications such as miscarriages, stillbirth, and a range of physical, behavioural, and intellectual disabilities in your baby. 


The Sauna 

Although there is only a small amount of research conducted on saunas and jacuzzis during pregnancy, it’s a good idea to avoid them due to the possible risks of overheating, dehydration, and fainting. 


Given that you’ll be going through hormonal changes during your pregnancy, your body will most likely be warmer than usual. This increase in temperature can make pregnant women more prone to fainting. 


Using a sauna, jacuzzi, or even hot tub can increase your body’s core temperature and this can have a negative impact on your unborn baby’s development. 


Secondhand Smoking 

Smoker Holding Cigarette

Smoking is extremely dangerous for your baby. Although this is commonly known, you may not think about the negative impact that secondhand smoking can have on pregnant women. In fact, there are roughly 4,000 chemicals in secondhand smoke, some that are linked to cancer. 


Negative affects of secondhand smoking may include miscarriage, premature delivery, low birth weight, learning disabilities for your baby, and sudden infant death syndrome. 



As a soon-to-be mother, keep an open mind and remember that you can’t control absolutely everything that goes on in your life as things change. However, it is your responsibility to stay safe and healthy, as much as you can!