I’m a mom to three kids and I’m a registered nurse so, I know a thing or two when it comes to pregnancy.
There are some things to avoid in pregnancy to keep you and your baby safe.
Pregnancy is an exciting and also scary time in the lives of many women.
It is exciting because of the fact that you’ll be having a tiny human to care for soon.
It’s also scary because you are responsible to care for your unborn child while in the womb to make sure they have the best chance at a healthy life.
The things we put in and on our bodies matter to your unborn child.
It’s important to be in the best health you can be in so your baby can have a healthy life too.
I remember how paranoid I was with my daughter’s pregnancy because of my missed miscarriage before her.
I blamed myself so much for that miscarriage because I thought I did something wrong to cause that but it wasn’t true. There was something genetically wrong with that baby and not something I did.
If you want to learn more about that experience, check it out here
It’s important that if you talk with your doctor before taking any medications you’re unsure about.
Here what I do know.
Ibuprofen is something you should avoid in pregnancy. The danger is it can cause miscarriage and heart defects.
If you have taken a dose of ibuprofen before reading this, DON’T FREAK OUT! One dose isn’t going to do anything. Even two doses won’t hurt your baby. Now that you know, don’t take it again.
Tylenol is the pain reliever of choice for pregnant women.
There are many other medications you should not take during pregnancy due to the possible cause of birth defects.
Always talk to your doctor before taking any medication while pregnant.
I love taking care of my skin all the time. I am pro skincare products but I’m also not pregnant so it’s ok.
If you’re pregnant then you need to be careful with what you put on your skin.
Again, this is something you can clear up with your doctor if you have concerns.
The main thing I know for sure is dangerous for the unborn child is accutane. If you struggle with acne, you’ll need to deal with it while pregnant because this stuff can cause serious birth defects.
Salicylic acid peels are also something to avoid in pregnancy because it does absorb into the skin and goes to your circulatory system.
Avoid this if you’re pregnant.
Also, make sure you check with your doctor before starting anything you are unsure about.
Foods To Avoid
There can be so many things to avoid in pregnancy and it’s hard when it comes to foods you love.
All meats need to be cooked through so it isn’t still raw in the middle. This was always hard for me because I LOVE my steak medium rare.
The potential risks are toxoplasmosis or salmonella so its best to just avoid undercooked meats altogether. Better to be safe than sorry.
Deli meats have been known to be contaminated with listeria. This is dangerous because it can cause miscarriage and can be life-threatening to the mom as well.
If you must eat a sandwich, just microwave your deli meats or cook them on the stove top to kill off any contaminant on the meat. The meat needs to be steaming.
Another important thing to avoid in pregnancy is raw fish, such as sushi. I love sushi so much and I couldn’t eat it while pregnant.
I have heard of many women eating it while pregnant with no complications but I am so OCD that I never would take a chance.
The issue with sushi is that it needs to be frozen first to kill off any parasites that may live on it. I just never knew the process at sushi restaurants and never wanted to chance it.
If you’re making your own sushi then you have more control and can freeze your fish for up to 4 days so it’s safe.
While we’re talking about fish, let’s talk about high mercury fish. These are important to avoid in pregnancy.
The mercury in some fish has been linked to developmental delays and brain damage in the baby.
High mercury fish are shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish. Some canned tuna also has mercury but in lower amounts, so it’s still a good idea to eat canned tuna in moderation.
Let’s talk cheeses. Everywhere you look it says to not eat soft cheese. But, what about cream cheese and laughing cow cheese?
Ladies, these are safe to eat during pregnancy because they are made with pasteurized milk which makes it completely safe for you.
The only cheese you can’t eat is the non pasteurized ones. Those may carry the risk of contracting listeria or salmonella if consumed.
When shopping for cheese, look at the ingredients list to make sure it says “made with pasteurized milk. “
Again, I can’t say this enough but if you have any questions or concerns about anything to avoid in pregnancy, please talk to your doctor.
I called my OBGYN’s office almost once a week at the beginning of my pregnancy with my oldest child because I was nervous about everything.
Don’t feel bad about calling them. That’s what they’re there for!
Now, congratulations on your newest coming adventure! Do the best you can to keep you and your baby safe.
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