What Is Safe During Pregnancy?

The period between conception and delivery is filled not only with anticipation but also with confusing advice from your friends and physicians. Here are the latest beliefs about what is safe and what is not.

Planning Ahead
Normally, birth defects occur 3 to 6 weeks after conception. To be safe, start taking a daily prenatal vitamin containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and not more than 5,000 units of vitamin A. Start taking the vitamin two months before going off birth control. Also, avoid herbal formulations. Make sure you have been immunized against German measles and chickenpox, which may cause birth defects.

Weight Gain
Don’t eat for two. According to research findings, pregnant women should not increase their food intake during the first trimester. Overweight women should not gain more than 15 to 25 pounds; average-sized women, 25 to 35 pounds; and underweight women, 28 to 40 pounds.

A pregnant woman should be wise regarding her calorie intake. Avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish as high levels of mercury in them may harm the developing brain of the baby. Pregnant women should also limit their intake of albacore tuna to no more than six ounces a week. A pregnant woman should also avoid soft, unpasteurized cheeses, deli meats and uncooked hot dogs as these can carry bacteria that cross the placenta. Also, she should avoid uncooked seafood as it can carry hepatitis A. Peanuts are a good source of folate and protein, but avoid them if you have a family history of peanut allergies.

Pregnant women should avoid drinking any alcohol. They should also not drink decaffeinated coffee or limit their intake to one to two cups a day. Diet sodas containing Nutrasweet are safe.

If one can avoid using drugs during pregnancy, she should avoid them. A pregnant woman should check with her doctor before taking medicines like aspirin and ibuprofen. Acetaminophen is considered to be safe.

Lifestyle also plays an important role in ensuring a healthy pregnancy. .Contrary to conventional wisdom, dyeing hair and polishing nails won’t harm the mother or baby. But smoking should definitely be avoided. Also, one should avoid hot tubs and saunas, which can cause miscarriage. Ordinary tubs and showers are best.
Apart from the above, regular consultation of a doctor is very important for a safe and healthy pregnancy.

1 response to What Is Safe During Pregnancy?

  1. I had one child before I mcerairisd in 2004. I got pregnant 7 months later and I had a healthy little girl. We decided to start trying again 3 months after the miscarriage. My husband handled it just fine. I had another child after her and he is here healthy as can be! I am soooo very sorry for your loss. You can have a healthy pregnancy and baby after a miscarriage but the doctor told me to wait 3 months before trying again because your body needs time to heal and you also need to be emotionally ready for it as well. Good luck to you and best wishes.

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