9 things a woman should avoid during pregnancy

Some things that can be harmful to the mother and fetus during pregnancy


Eating raw or undercooked meat, or sausages, is not recommended during pregnancy. Be careful with toxoplasmosis, an infection similar to the common cold, which can cause fetal malformations and miscarriage in the first months of pregnancy. The best way to prevent infection by this parasite is to avoid eating raw or undercooked meats such as cold cuts, as well as raw goat's milk, vegetables or fruits that are not carefully cleaned. Contact with cat droppings should also be avoided.

Being pregnant should not be an impediment to travel. It is only contraindicated during pregnancy if the woman has a medical condition that could put her health and that of her baby at risk.

The best period to travel during pregnancy is between weeks 18 and 24. In the first months, when the fetus is in the formation phase, and depending on the type of journey and transport, the woman may suffer the risk of infections and contagion, apart from nausea and vomiting. In the last months of pregnancy it can increase the risk of preterm birth.

The use of cleaning products and other toxins during pregnancy does not directly affect or affect the development of the pregnancy or the health of the fetus. However, there are substances such as insecticides, ammonia or bleach, and pesticides, or even products that emit gases, for which the woman must be very careful.

It should always be used with gloves, a mask and whenever possible in well-ventilated environments. Repellents, for example, must be used from when you have the medical authorization.

Submit to X-rays it is contraindicated for women during pregnancy, especially in their abdomen or pelvis. Before having to take an X-ray, the pregnant woman must inform the health professional of her condition so that a lower radiation dose and time can be applied during the X-ray.

Some studies reveal that X-ray examinations in pregnant women are not harmful, but high doses of radiation should be avoided or that they are carried out directly on the maternal uterus.

There are medicines that are allowed and others that are totally prohibited during pregnancy, since they can pose risks to the baby that the woman is expecting. Both paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen are safe, although it is advisable to consume them only in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.

The other medications are totally contraindicated, and should only be consumed with the authorization of the doctor, to avoid that their effect does not interfere with the health of your baby.

In general, there are no reasons why a woman, during pregnancy, does not exercise or practice any physical exercise. Furthermore, physical exercises are recommended during pregnancy, since they do not represent risks to the woman's health. Physical activity helps a woman to be in shape, to facilitate labor and alleviate possible discomfort such as low back pain.

Riding a bicycle, jumping, lifting heavy weights, jogging or other high impact exercises are not recommended during pregnancy, but only when determined by the doctor.

The consumption of coffee, tea or beverages containing caffeine during pregnancy is only recommended in amounts that do not exceed 300 mg daily, that is, 4 cups of soluble coffee or three of black coffee, and it is contraindicated for women who have nausea, heartburn or vomiting.

It is proven that caffeine, ingested in large quantities, it can not only upset the woman's stomach, but also easily cross the placental barrier, and influence the growth and development of fetal cells, being able to alter its oxygen, the flow of its blood, or that it is born with some abnormality.

Research warns that consuming alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can harm babies' physical and mental development. Alcohol enters the fetus's blood through the mother's bloodstream.

Alcohol can cause low birth weight of the baby, mental deficiencies, deformities, spontaneous abortion, premature labor, among others. The ideal is to avoid alcohol completely before, during and after pregnancy (breastfeeding), since the minimum amount of risk is unknown, to avoid fetal alcohol syndrome.

Tobacco, like drugs, is harmful to both the pregnant woman and the baby. Its harmful components can reach the fetus through the placenta.

For this reason advises women to quit smoking before pregnancy, to avoid risks associated with abortion, vaginal bleeding, premature labor, placental abruption, low birth weight, among others. It is also not convenient for the woman to be exposed or to frequent environments where tobacco or drugs are smoked.

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