6 Things You Should Know If You Are Pregnant

The flow of new information and recommendations for pregnant women can overwheling and confusing. Which might make determining which information is true complicated. Let’s sort out which cosmetics, foods, drinks, procedures, and medications are safe to use during your pregnancy and which can cause harm. The article is about pregnancy without complications. If your physician gives you other recommendations, you should follow them. 

1. Cosmetics

Pregnant women are actively looking for information about the dangers of cosmetics. They want to know which nail polishes and hair products are safe to use and often buy new cosmetics with unique formulas designed specifically for pregnant women. In fact, formaldehyde, toluene, and phthalates which are contained in nail polishes and nail polish removers are dangerous only in very large quantities. Care products don’t penetrate the bloodstream and will not pass through the placenta. 

Pay attention to cosmetics containing acids and sunscreens, since if used during pregnancy they can provoke pigmentation. Cosmetics containing retinol can be dangerous for pregnant women since it can harm the unborn child. 

2. Procedures

A pregnant woman should get professional teeth cleaning and treat tooth decay since radiography and anesthesia are much less harmful to a baby than present gum or tooth infection. All pregnant women also require vaccination against whooping cough and flu. Such procedures as teeth braces, piercing, tattoo, beauty injections or laser treatments should be performed after pregnancy. Non-invasive procedures like masks or waxing won’t harm a pregnant woman. You can also cut, dye, and lighten your hair safely.

3. Food 

There are few products that can harm an unborn baby. Pregnant women should avoid foods containing bacteria that are safe for an adult but dangerous for the fetus.r Some examples include cheeses with white and blue mold, raw or semi-moist eggs, pastes, and raw or semi-raw meat. Experts also don’t recommend to consume meat products such as salami or Jamon since they may contain toxoplasma pathogens. Pregnant women shouldn’t eat raw seafood since they may contain harmful bacteria or viruses. Such fish as shark, swordfish, and marlin should be avoided due to the high mercury content. If you like sushi, make sure fish has been previously frozen. The best thing you can for your baby is to maintain a balanced diet which is based on vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes, and don’t consume large amounts of salt and sugar.

4. Drinks

A safe dose of alcohol during pregnancy is unknown, which means that any dose is considered dangerous. Caffeine should be limited to 200 milligrams per day. Keep in mind that soda contains large amounts of sugar which may harm the baby. Before drinking any herbal tea, consult your doctor in order to avoid complications and health risks.

5. Medicines and Vitamins

In 2018, it turned out that Gwyneth Paltrow Goop multivitamins, promoted as a remedy for pregnant women, contained 110% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin A which is quite dangerous for the unborn baby. If the doctor hasn’t found any vitamin deficiency, don’t take any unnecessary vitamins since it can have dangerous consequences. The only vitamin pregnant women need to take is folic acid. 

6. Physical activity

Physical activity is essential for the health of both mother and baby since it helps reduce back pain and any type of swelling. Regular exercise also helps maintain a healthy weight, improves sleep, and reduces the risk of complications such as gestational diabetes.

So we will give you one more tip before you go. Have you ever heard of maternity girdles? No matter how much exercise you do during your pregnancy most women will suffer from back pain. Maternity girdles are great for these situations. They can give you that extra support your back may need. You can also use these girdles postpartum in order to get your shape back much quicker.

Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.