What to avoid when pregnant
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When I first found out I was pregnant with my first three years ago (has it really been three years?!) I wanted to know everything about pregnancy. I learned everything I need to do to have a healthy pregnancy and also what I shouldn’t be doing.
Some of these things shocked me, really the only things I thought I should avoid is alcohol and smoking. Luckily I had stopped smoking a month before I became pregnant with my first and never looked back.
While researching what I shouldn’t be doing while pregnant I learned a lot. Now I’d like to share that information with you about what not to do when pregnant.
Don’t eat cold lunch meat or hot dogs
This one was the biggest surprise to me. I would have never thought in a million years I couldn’t eat lunch meat while pregnant. You may ask why? Well, a bacteria called Listeria could infect your cold meats.
Listeria isn’t usually deadly to adults, causes flu-like symptoms, but for an unborn baby, it can be serious if you’re infected while pregnant. It can cause a miscarriage, stillbirth or you’re baby can be born seeming healthy but develop meningitis several weeks later. It pretty uncommon, so don’t worry if you’ve already indulged.
There is a way to satisfy that craving though! If you heat up the lunch meat or hot dog it will kill the bacteria. Think subway, just have them toast your sandwich. Hot dogs cooked on the grill are so much tastier than a cold hot dog anyway.
No raw sushi
I was soooo sad when I learned I couldn’t have raw sushi while pregnancy. Ever since I discovered the wonderful combination of rice, seaweed, fish and veggies I was addicted. I had sushi at least once a week for years.
There are a few reasons you shouldn’t eat raw sushi while pregnant. The first reason is potential parasites and pathogens in the fish that can cause both you and your baby to become ill. Now if you live far away from the ocean it’s a safe bet that the fish was flash frozen killing these nasty things.
That bring’s me to my second reason, mercury. High levels of mercury are bad for anyone but even worse for your unborn baby. As long as you kept it in moderation it should be okay. The safest type of sushi you can eat though is cooked rolls, so you have no doubt. Again thing moderation.
No soft unpasteurized cheese or milk
Feta cheese and asparagus are my go-to snack, but while pregnant I gave it up. When I became pregnant with Finn I learned that I could have it as long as it pasteurized. The reason is it could potentially have E.coli or that nasty listeria.
No eating things with raw eggs
Who doesn’t like licking the egg beater while making a dessert or chowing down on cookie dough? Unfortunately, raw eggs are a no-no while pregnant. It may contain salmonella which can be deadly to even adults. You’re in luck though! you can buy pregnancy cookie dough or make your own!
No raw sprouts
My parents own a cafe that makes an awesome veggie sandwich that has alfalfa sprouts on it. It’s one of my favorite things to eat there, but I have to ask them to not add the sprouts when pregnant. Again there are potential E. coli or salmonella bacteria.
Cook your steak to at least medium
I love a medium rare steak. Cody says I like my cow still mowing haha. When I’m pregnant though I eat it medium, so I don’t risk the chance of getting E. coli.
They usually use a machine to tenderize steaks before they’re sent to the store. It increases the possibility of the contaminating the center of the steak, so heating up the outside won’t work.
Restricted your caffeine intake
I don’t function well without my caffeine, be it from tea, coffee, soda, etc. as I’m sure is the same with a lot of you other mamas. You should cut your caffeine intake to 200 mg.
That’s about one cup of coffee a day. Work down to it slowly if you’re an avid caffeine drinker. otherwise, you’ll suffer from caffeine withdrawal. Let me tell you, the headache is the worst you’ll ever have. Try some decaff coffee to curb your cravings.
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Clean the litter box
I have three cats, total cat lady here, so cleaning them is essential. Though when pregnant I really shouldn’t be doing it. You can contract Toxoplasmosis, while not deadly to adults it can cause an issue with your unborn child. Some of the risks are miscarriage, stillbirth, or brain damage.
If you’ve already been effect before becoming pregnant you’ll be immune, but it’s hard to know if you’ve had it before. If your cats are outdoor cats then they’re at a higher risk of contracting it.
Your safest bet is to have someone else clean the boxes while pregnant. If that’s not possible wear gloves and a mask. Also, wash your hands afterward. There’s no reason to get rid of your furry friend either, the only risk is their litter box.
Don’t take certain over the counter medication
There are several medications you shouldn’t take while pregnant. To get a complete list talk to you O.B. One simple one is you shouldn’t take ibuprofen but can take Tylenol instead.
No hot baths, hot tubs or saunas
keep the temperature of your bath lower than 104 degrees. Your baby can’t regulate their body temperature and this can cause issues such a miscarrying. Add some Epsom salts to your bath to relax your achy muscles.
rule of thumb is that you can keep doing your work out as long as you don’t increase the level of intensity.
Hopefully, this post helps answer some of your questions on what not to do when pregnant. Is there anything I missed? If so let me know in the comments!