Conceiving is a moment of joy for many women as they journey to bring a baby starts.
Many women are carried away by the first signs of their pregnancy, especially if it’s their first time.
It is crucial to have the right information to eliminate the myths and misconception that surrounds the pregnancy, especially for the first time mothers.
The best way to avoid the misinformation about pregnancy is by consulting a health practitioner for advice.
The pregnancy stages can be classified into three trimesters until the baby is born.
The first trimester involves various biological and psychological changes for you and the organism growing in you.
The first trimester is also a critical stage in fetal development, and therefore, you need to take care of your body to avoid any unforeseen injury to your unborn baby.
Proper healthcare will prevent you from experiencing premature labor pains and miscarriage.
Good health of the mother – to- be will also be essential for the prevention of congenital disabilities.
I have provided below the first-trimester don’ts that you need to know to avoid causing harm to your unborn baby.
DO NOT TAKE OVER THE COUNTER MEDICINE WITHOUT THE DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION
During your first trimester, you may experience pain and decide to purchase pain killers to get rid of your bad feeling.
You should always ensure that you consult a physician to advise you whether the drug you are taking has any side effects.
Taking medication drugs without advice from health experts may lead to a negative impact on your body and hence endanger the life of your unborn.
Over the counter medicine, that is not prescribed by the doctor may lead to health complications that may result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or deformities to the unborn.
You should always consult a physician when taking medicine.
DO NOT GO TO SPAS AND SAUNAS
Spas and saunas are recreational areas that you need to avoid in your first trimester.
Spas and saunas have facilities and machines that increase your body temperature above 37 degrees Celsius.
You also avoid hot baths as it increases the temperature of your body, which may be detrimental to the life of your unborn.
Environments that expose you to high temperatures should be avoided.
AVOID TAKING CAFFEINE
You should limit the use of caffeine even if you feel you need to refresh your body with a drink.
Caffeine taking for a pregnant mother is not suitable for the growth of the fetus inside your body.
Frequent taking of caffeine increases your chances of getting a miscarriage.
If you feel the urge for drinking, take the milk and a lot of water to keep your body dehydrated.
DO NOT SMOKE OR TAKE ALCOHOL
If you are in your first trimester, it is advisable to stop the use of alcohol and cigarette smoking.
Cigarette smoking poses many health hazards to the life of unborn babies, including retarded growth.
Since the first trimester is when the fetus is undergoing growth and development, cigarette smoking interferes with the growth cycle leading to a complication that may result in miscarriage and stillbirths.
It also affects brain development and impacts on the weight of the unborn baby.
You should also avoid alcoholic products for the sake of your health and that of your unborn baby.
Alcohol intake increases the chances of getting a miscarriage during the first trimester.
Check the labels of cleaning products to make sure there are no safety warnings for pregnant women. If you use cleaning products, glues, paint or any other household chemicals, follow the safety directions on the label. Make sure the room is well ventilated when you are cleaning — open windows and doors.
Some mothballs and toilet deodorant cakes contain a substance called naphthalene. Exposure to very large amounts of naphthalene can damage blood cells, leading to a condition called hemolytic anemia. Symptoms that may occur after exposure to large quantities of naphthalene include fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Newborn babies are particularly at risk if they are exposed to naphthalene.
AVOID EXPOSURE FROM HIGH VOLTAGE DEVICES AND OTHER COMMUNICATION APPLIANCES
Video display terminals, telegraph transmissions, and other communication devices emit harmful radiations that may affect the life of the unborn baby.
You should limit your exposure to things such as x-rays and other communication appliances since they produce harmful emissions that might lead to complications such as congenital disabilities, miscarriages, and genetic problems for your unborn baby.
Moving Heavy Weights
Using your maternity leave optimally to move into that new house? Well, you’re just going to have to play Boss Lady and order others on where the furniture, china, and the antique wooden shelf from grandmother’s inheritance should be placed. As with general cleaning and laundry chores, moving heavy stuff around can worsen the strain on your back. As you progress in your pregnancy, the growth of the belly tends to stress your back, and for some women, this can lead to acute pain. Your medical team should have already advised you against such a chore, but here’s a reminder just in case!
AVOID THE CONSUMPTION OF PROCESSED MEAT AND UNPASTEURIZED DAIRY PRODUCTS
During your first trimester, you should avoid taking processed meat such as sausages and other dairy products since they contain harmful bacteria that have a negative impact on the life of the unborn.
The bacteria could harm the life of your fetus and damage some of the organs.
STAY AWAY FROM CHEMICALS USED AT HOME
Chemicals such as pesticide and fungicide used at home are dangerous for your health and that of your unborn.
You should avoid exposure to them to prevent you from miscarriage and other health complications.