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Pregnancy Don’ts


If you are pregnant for the first time, or planning to get pregnant soon, you might be a little nervous. You don’t know what to expect and you want to know as much as you can before you accidentally do something you’re not supposed to do.  Read on for the top pregnancy don’ts so that you can keep you and your baby safe during your pregnancy.



Don’t Go Hot Tubbing
A pregnant woman should not climb into a hot tub to relax after a long day.   When you are pregnant, you are more likely to become overheated, dehydrated or get dizzy.  The extreme temperatures of the hot tub are not safe for you and your baby, and can deplete you of necessary oxygen.  If you really want to kick back and relax, it is much better to take a warm bath, and keep as much of your upper body out of the water as possible.

Don’t Avoid the Dentist
There are many myths that visiting the dentist while pregnant can cause complications, but in fact, NOT visiting the dentist can cause problems.  During pregnancy, you have an increased risk of tooth decay (especially after the first trimester), pregnancy gingivitis, pregnancy tumors, and more.  It is important to visit the dentist to keep a close eye on your oral health.  For tips and tricks on how to take care of your teeth during pregnancy, check out this blog.


Don’t Participate in High Risk Activities
“High Risk” activities are slightly dangerous most of the time, but increasingly so during pregnancy.  High risk activities include (but are not limited to): skateboarding, surfing, riding roller coasters, doing martial arts, etc.  While you don’t need to sit on the couch for your entire pregnancy, it is important to take it easy and be careful.

Don’t Do Drugs or Alcohol
Of course you shouldn’t do drugs or drink alcohol while pregnant, as they can cause birth defects and other complications.  Unfortunately, nearly 4% of pregnant women in the US use illicit drugs during pregnancy, meaning that 176,200 babies are exposed to drugs before they are even born.  For more information about the effects of drug abuse and pregnancy, click here.

Don’t Take Medicine Without Consulting Your Doctor
It’s not just illicit drugs that are dangerous during pregnancy, many over-the-counter drugs are bad for your baby as well.  Drugs to avoid include: Aspirin, Pepto Bismol, Excedrin, Alev, and more.Many pregnant women turn to essential oils instead, but not all of those are safe either.  Always consult your doctor before you take any medication.

Don’t Forget to Drink Water
It is VERY important to stay hydrated during your pregnancy, and to avoid soda, caffeine, and energy drinks.  Water is necessary to help your body absorb nutrients and transport it to your baby, and if you don’t get enough, your child may not get the nutrients they need.  You should be drinking at least 100 oz of water a day, or about 12 or 13 glasses.  Try to spread it out throughout the day so that you don’t drink too much all at once.


Don’t Start an Intense Exercise Routine
If you already run, dance, do yoga, etc., then it is perfectly fine, and in fact encouraged to continue your exercise well into your pregnancy.  Exercising can make pregnancy easier and shorten labor time.  If you don’t exercise, now is a good idea to start.  However, it is not a good idea to start an intense exercise routine halfway through your pregnancy.   It is important to be careful when exercising, and consult your doctor before you begin a new routine.  Water exercises, going on walks, and other gentle exercises are great for an expecting mother.


Don’t Eat Raw Fish
Eating raw fish increases the risk of salmonella, as well as getting worms that can make you very, very sick.  Raw shellfish, such as crab and shrimp, can contain viruses and bacteria that can cause food poisoning.  Double check with restaurants that the fish you are eating is cooked, or has been frozen for at least four days, and never eat raw shellfish.

Don’t Lie Flat On Your Back
During the first few months of your pregnancy, you are fine to sleep whatever way is most comfortable, but about halfway through your pregnancy, you should stop sleeping on your back.  Your growing uterus can compress the veins that run to your legs, decreasing blood flow, and potentially causing dizziness or shortness of breath.  Since it can become impossible to sleep on your stomach, try sleeping on your side.  If that is uncomfortable, use a large pillow to support your growing belly, and one between your legs to help support your body.

We all want to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and these pregnancy don'ts can help you on your way.

Let's discuss: What other pregnancy don'ts can you think of? 

Annmarie John
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  1. As much as we'd like to think that most of these are common sense, they are not. The only one I would add is not to eat deli meat - the listeria can kill the fetus.

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    1. You are absolutely correct. You would think that it's common sense but a lot of pregnant women still do a few of them.

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  2. I didn't know about the sleeping on your back information. I am not a back sleeper anyways i prefer my right side but that was interesting to learn. I can say sleep while pregnant was not an issue for me at all.

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    1. Oh yes you're not supposed to sleep on your back. It's recommended to sleep on your side, preferably your left side.

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  3. EEEKKS!! Don't lie on your back!?! I think I may have done that, but for the most part I had to lay on my side, because how else was I going to get up :D
    Drinking water is a good one to remember, I always had water next to me. Am I the only person that loved the hospital cup with the pellet ice the hospital gave you? My midwife gave me one when I was pregnant with my first child and told me I had to have it with me always. She even said don't let me catch you without it. (Army hospital rules. :) )
    XOXO
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    1. Oh my I just love those hospital cups too. I got one and brought it home with me and used it with ice all the time. I think I drank more water then than I did now.

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  4. It has been a while since I was pregnant. These are great tips for the ones who want healthy babies and be able to get yourself back in shape afterwards.

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    1. Well this isn't about getting back into shape, these can help you on your way to a healthy pregnancy.

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  5. It's amazing all of the things we need to do to help grow our beautiful babies! I couldn't lie on my back, I couldn't breathe when I did once I was about 15-16 weeks.

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    1. You sound a lot like me. After a while I couldn't sleep on my back either. Even now I find it difficult to do so.

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  6. The hot tub one was a bummer for me, but I followed it! I didn't drink enough water once and almost fainted at a shopping mall, so that one is so important! It was the Saturday before Christmas. What was I thinking?
    The rest is easy for me to avoid!

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    1. Yes Tamara what were you thinking going shopping days before Christmas. I'm happy to know that you were ok though.

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  7. I had never heard the one about not lying on your back before. It makes good sense when you explain it. I will pass that along to any expecting mothers that I know.

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    1. Please do Dawn and yes it's not recommended.

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  8. Hmm, I had no idea about lying on the back. It is so important to check with your doctor on a lot of things before you do them.

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    1. Yes it is. As a medic one of the things we learned early on was never to place anyone on their backs but to lay them on their sides. :)

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  9. I'm not planning any children, yet, but these tips are great for everyone who plans to become a parent someday. Some of these tips happened to be new information.

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    1. I'm not so sure which is new because they've really all been around for a long time. :)

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  10. These are all such important tips. There's so much pregnant women need to be aware of to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

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    1. Yes there are a lot of pregnant women out there who don't follow this list and I wish that they would.

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  11. What important tips! I've never been pregnant myself, but I know a ton of these just from being around pregnant family members. There are so many things pregnant women need to be aware of and worry about.

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    1. Yes there is and if followed you can expect to have a healthy pregnancy.

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  12. It is so funny, with my first pregnancy, they told me NOT to go to the dentist, and then second DEFINITELY go. My mom is a dental hygienist, so I still went, but goodness the different advice over the years seems to change so much!

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    1. Oh you should most certainly go to the dentist. When you're pregnant you're more prone to dental cavities, decay etc, so you need to get it taken care of. Don't wait 9 months later to take care of your teeth.

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