5 Things You Should Avoid When Pregnant

No one enjoys giving up things they like or having an interest to do. But if you are trying to conceive, there are quite a few things you should NOT do that can complicate or hamper your chances of getting pregnant. Below are the things that help you to improve your pregnancy. Your doctor may have already advised you not to do things during your pregnancy. Here we will let you know the things you should avoid while you are pregnant.

5 Things You Should Avoid When Pregnant

1. Time to quit smoking

It would have been better if you have already quite smoking. According to studies, smoking is not only detrimental to your health but it is also harmful to the baby. It has been observed smoking increases the risk of miscarriage and leads to ectopic pregnancy. Females who are addicted to smoking have wrecked havoc to the fertility. The exposure of smoking leads to spontaneous abortion, pre-term births, low-weight full-term babies, and fetal and infant deaths. Your partner should quit smoking too.

2. Cut back on caffeine

Consumption of large amount of caffeine is connected to infertility. Some studies suggest, you should not consume more than 200 mg of caffeine. It includes all sources of caffeine like coffee, tea, chocolate and soft drinks. You have to also make sure that you are not consuming enough soda that can impact on your heath. During pregnancy, it is important for you to switch to a drink that does not contain caffeine.

3. You should not drink Alcohol

Your lifestyle habits can have long term effects on your fertility. There is an increasing evidence that says even the small amounts of alcohol can reduce your chances of conception. During pregnancy, consuming alcohol has negative effect on your developing baby. In some cases, it has been found, the baby born from an alcoholic mother has congenital birth defects leading to severe retardation and other abnormalities.

4. Avoid high-mercury Fish

Fair amount of fish may not have any problems but for healthy pregnancy, cut back on your consumption of high-mercury fish (tuna halibut, swordfish). Fish concentrate methylmercury, which can affect the developing child’s brain and nervous system. So avoid it, and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

5. Live stress-free

Depression is an illness that affects the thinking of a person. Sometimes pregnant women don’t realize they are under depression. Depression during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, delivering before the due date (preterm), giving birth to a small baby (low birth weight). It’s important to live a stress free life to maintain your healthy pregnancy.

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Dr Rita Bakshi

Dr. Rita Bakshi is a well renowned gynaecologsts and obstetrician with a rich experience of more than 20 years in the field of Assisted Reproductive technology (ART). Dr. Rita has extensive experience in all fields of assisted conception, with a special interest in IVF and Egg Donor Surrogacy. She’s also the founder of ADIVA group of Hospitals. During the past two decades of service, Dr. Rita Bakshi has brought happiness to thousands of couples and performed over 6000 caesarean sections, 3000 Hysterectomies, 1000 cases of IVF annually with a success rate of over 45%. She takes your dreams seriously and focuses on the long term and best interests of the child, the surrogate and the intended parent(s).