Early pregnancy safety
The mother’s body experiences many physiological changes during the first trimester, and the major organs of the fetus begin to develop during this time. A miscarriage is more likely to occur during this time, and the health of the mother is crucial to the development of the fetus. You will be confronted with a deluge of suggestions for what you should and shouldn’t do, many of which may not make sense. So, if you’re wondering what safety precautions to take, here is a list of some common ones.
Food and Beverages
The moment the embryo attaches to your uterus, it begins to take nutrients and oxygen from you. Your diet will have an impact on both your health and the health of your unborn child. Even though it goes without saying that you need to eat wholesome, high-fibre foods, there are some that you should avoid or consume in moderation.
· Caffeine: Having more than 300 mg of caffeine daily increases the chance of miscarriage.
· Big fish: Although fish is a great source of protein and omega-2 fatty acids, big fish like mackerel should be avoided because they have high levels of methyl mercury.
· Pregnant women are much more vulnerable to infections when consuming raw or undercooked fish, eggs, or meat. Several bacteria, including E. coli, Raw foods are easily contaminated by Salmonella and Listeria. Some of these, such as Listeria, can spread to the developing child via the placenta. Eat only freshly prepared food.
· Unpasteurized milk and cheese
· Avoid drinking alcohol.
When pregnant, smoking should not be done actively or passively. Numerous dangerous chemicals found in cigarette smoke can enter the mother’s bloodstream and reach the developing baby. Smoking causes blood vessels to constrict, reducing your baby’s oxygen supply. Smoking even one cigarette per day raises the risk of miscarriage, early delivery, and numerous birth defects like low birth weight, stillbirth, and heart defects. Therefore, give up smoking as soon as you discover that you are pregnant.
When you use a hot tub, sauna, or even a steam room, the body is unable to expel heat effectively. As a result, the body temperature rises significantly, which is dangerous for the infant’s development. During the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, hot tubs must be completely avoided.
The physical and hormonal changes a mother’s body experiences during pregnancy are numerous. In the first few weeks, it’s very common to feel tired and nauseous. It is advised that you get plenty of sleep. To prevent placing undue strain on the developing baby, refrain from lifting heavy objects. Early pregnancy is a safe time for women to continue exercising, but if you weren’t exercising before becoming pregnant, it’s best to start slowly. Although walking is great, if you are pregnant or have any problems, please consult a doctor before beginning anything new.
If you have pets, make it a habit to wash your hands after petting them to prevent infections like taxoplasmosis, which can harm your unborn child and cause brain damage. When gardening, use gloves, and stay away from pet waste.
According to BabyCenter, “the amniotic sac and the uterine muscles protect the baby and a thick mucus plug seals the cervix to guard against infection”. There is no need to forgo a pleasurable experience if your pregnancy is healthy and your doctor has given you the all-clear, as long as you feel comfortable.
A beautiful journey, pregnancy is. Make the most of it by choosing wisely and safely. Ensure your own well-being and have faith in your body. It will let you know what it needs and what doesn’t feel right.