10 things to avoid during pregnancy

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10 things to avoid during pregnancy
10 things to avoid during pregnancy

When you're pregnant, you can continue to have fun, but there are still prohibitions to respect. Here is a summary of the top 10 things to avoid.


X-rays during pregnancy

During pregnancy, x-rays should be avoided because they can cause fetal malformations. Whether at the doctor or at the dentist, you should always tell your pregnancy specialist about your condition, even if you are not yet sure that you are pregnant. Once you do, elective x-rays will be avoided and those that are necessary will be performed with maximum care.

Rings during pregnancy

We don't talk about it much, but you should avoid keeping your rings on during pregnancy. You may swell or retain water and your rings may get stuck in your fingers. We have already seen women whose rings hurt a lot and who had to have their wedding rings sawn off. Don't wait for this to happen to you, better take off your rings now, even if it means wearing them as a necklace.

Expose yourself to the sun “naked” during pregnancy

By exposing yourself to the sun withoutadequate protection, you risk developing a pregnancy mask that will only disappear completely at your menopause and will marble your face every summer by then. It is much more reasonable to protect your face from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat or good sunscreen for the nine months, just in case!

Cleaning cat litter during pregnancy

Your cat is very nice and he loves you very much. Contrary to what you may have heard, being pregnant is not a good enough reason to get rid of it. On the other hand, it will have to be the future dad who cleans the litter box during your pregnancy. Indeed, because of the risks of toxoplasmosis, it is best not to touch it, especially if your cat hunts and eats raw meat. If you are alone, prefer disposable litter, use gloves and wash your hands well after handling a litter and petting your cat.

Flying during pregnancy

During the first and second trimester, if your pregnancy is going well, you can fly without worry. On the other hand, after the 27e week, some airlines may ask you for a doctor's note or refuse you boarding altogether. If you want to travel, find out about it when buying your tickets, talk to your doctor and know that air travel is strongly discouraged after the eighth month. Until then, if you're worried about security scanners, knowthat only your luggage is x-rayed, you are not.

Eating certain things

Do you like raw fish sushi? Are you a big fan of raw cheeses? Do you drink five coffees a day? You will need to adjust your diet during your pregnancy.

Take medication during pregnancy

When you're pregnant, you can't take a little pill for headaches, one for unblocking sinuses and another for insomnia without having checked that the medicine is good suitable for pregnancy. It is essential to consult your doctor or a pharmacist before taking any medication, even if it is over the counter. The Pregnancy and breastfeeding guide can help you understand what is tolerated and what to avoid.

Doing certain sports during pregnancy

Obviously, boxing should be avoided. Horseback riding and downhill skiing are too. In fact, avoid all sports that could cause a fall or a blow. That doesn't mean you can't exercise anymore, on the contrary, it's to your advantage to practice sports for a fit pregnancy.

Drinking alcohol and smoking during pregnancy

As it is not known precisely how much alcohol leads to fetal alcoholism, it is better to abstain completely. The same goes for the cigarette which is responsible for the birth of smaller babies, among other things.

Some natural products

Not all essential oils and herbal teas are recommended during pregnancy. The pharmacists at Ste-Justine Hospital only recommend the following essential oils:

  • Chamomile
  • Tangerine
  • Grapefruit
  • Geranium
  • Pink
  • Jasmine
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Lavender

And the following herbal teas, if not taken more than 3 times a day:

  • Citrus or orange peels
  • Ginger
  • Lemon balm
  • Roserose


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