When you are getting ready to have a baby your lifestyle will change. During your pregnancy your diet will directly effect your baby. everything you eat, drink and breath. A lot of the things that you eat and drink are not dangerous to you, but can be devastating to your developing baby. Here are some things to avoid during your pregnancy.
Especially the fish that are larger fish that are high on the food chain and accumulate greater amounts of mercury. Mercury has been shown to cause brain damage in developing fetuses and can also cause developmental delays. Sushi and shellfish are also not recommended. There is a risk of bacterial infection associated with it.
Unpasteurized Dairy Foods
Unpasteurized milk and imported soft cheeses such as brie and feta cheese should be avoided because of the risk of a bacteria called listeria. Listeria poisoning can be dangerous or fatal to a fetus. Eat hard cheeses for the duration of your pregnancy to avoid risk.
Raw Sprouts and Unwashed Fruits and Vegetables
Processed and packaged lunch meats, including hot dogs and sausages, can also potentially contain listeria. Undercooked beef, chicken and eggs can be contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella, so choose and cook your food well.
It’s best to avoid alcohol entirely during pregnancy. Even moderate drinking can affect your baby’s brain development. Large amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can result in fetal alcohol syndrome which can result in brain damage, low birth weight and facial deformities.
Caffeine, although widely consumed, is a drug. It can cross the placenta and affect a baby’s heart rate. Recently a study found that as little as 12 oz. of coffee per day may slow fetal growth.
Pesticides contain chemicals that attack the nervous system of insects to kill them. Take precautions to avoid contact with fertilizers, insect repellent and bug sprays as they will also harm your baby.
Lead is very toxic to unborn children. Avoid renovating during your pregnancy, as lead can be released during construction or demolition. This can increase your chances of exposure without you even realizing it.
Certain plastics that contain Bisphenol-A, which is a plasticizer used to make vinyl flexible, have been shown to mimic the hormone estrogen. Excessive exposure has been linked to low birth weight as well as hormonal and metabolic problems.
Duh! Lung and heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases are linked to smoking. Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to have babies with low birth weight, congenital heart defects, asthma, allergies, and other deformities.
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After a long hard struggle my wife is on the final stretches of the pregnancy. We are so excited! We are due on the 23rd of April. For Shelley, this can not come too soon.
The worst part for Shelley seems to be falling asleep and staying asleep. In the stressful life of a mom to be, every minute of sleep counts. Here are some way that you can help that beautiful woman to get some shut eye as she approaches the due date.
The most challenging period for a pregnant woman to get some sleep is the third trimester. The growing baby pushing on her bladder, the struggle to find a comfortable spot to sleep in and just the thought of preparing for a new baby are some of the variable that keep mama sleepless.
A budding karate star kicking and punching away can also keep mom awake. The baby will be moving a lot and as it grows, the movements are much more noticeable. Something as small as the baby getting hiccups can disturb even a deep sleeper.
Because the legs are carrying the excess weight, they have a tendency to cramp later at night when she tries to relax.
To reduce the amount of effect this has, here are six sleep promoting tips for the expectant mother.
- Try sleeping on your left side. Sleeping on the left side promotes good circulation to the fetus, uterus and eventually back to the heart.
- If you start showing signs of Restless Legs Syndrome you could have an iron deficiency. It would be best to consult your doctor
- Using a body pillow could help by adding support for the belly.
- No soda! carbonated drinks can cause dehydration which will lead to more cramping.
- Do something to distract your weary mind. Read, watch TV, clean, Listen to music or take a bath before trying to go back to sleep.
- A good stretching routine before going to bed can help to loosen the muscles and help them relax to keep from cramping.
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