20 Everyday Things That Could Make Pregnancy Harder (According To Doctors)

Whenever people become excessively helpful, an irritated pregnant woman may shout that she is "pregnant, not sick!” This does not in any way mean that she does not need help, she just needs to feel like her old self and less like an invalid. People tend to think that pregnancy is a time for the woman to give it all up, elevate her feet and get pampered and waited on before she becomes a mother.

There are those who view pregnancy as such a delicate time that the mother is not allowed to even lift a cup off the dining table. All these people try to demonstrate their love for the mother and let’s face it, it is kind of cool to be pampered up to a point. But the bottom line is that a pregnancy is a normal thing in the life of a woman and it should be treated as such, with a little caution to see things through smoothly.

The expectant mom, if not allowed to go through the day on her own terms, may start feeling resentful, a situation that can be aggravated by the pregnancy hormones coursing through her. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey that needs to be enjoyed, but in order to do that, one has to exercise some caution as far as the following things are concerned.

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20 Cleaning Products

Yes, the floor looks dirty and mom really cannot believe that she is bringing a brand new baby into that dirt. But wait a minute, does the floor really require those harsh cleaning products to get it sparkling? Spring cleaning is fine and good but mom should remember that she is expectant and as such, whatever cleaning products she uses may have a negative impact on her unborn child.

According to New Kids Center, “There have many reports linking cleaning chemicals to respiratory problems in newborns and this is because the body absorbs these chemicals. You can be safe while cleaning your home by ensuring that you have proper ventilation in the room as this will increase the circulation of clean air.”

19 Cat Litter


When a woman is pregnant, she is often advised to keep away from cats. This is a misconception as cats can actually be very nice companions for those days when mom does not feel like having human company. If mom is a cat lover, pregnancy does not mean she has to give up her companion. All she has to do is avoid cleaning the cat litter.

According to Baby Center, “The concern here is toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can be transmitted through cat poop (such as in kitty litter or outdoor soil where cats have defecated). But if you first get toxoplasmosis when you're pregnant, it's possible you could get sick and pass the illness on to your baby.”

18 Standing for Too Long

Some jobs call for the service provider to spend a lot of time on her feet. She may be a supermarket attendant or even a nurse on call. According to Live Science, there is a study that shows that too much standing during pregnancy slows the growth of the baby.

In Live Science, Dr. Jill Rabin, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. says “pregnant women should make sure to include a combination of sitting, standing and walking in their work day. Sitting for prolonged periods may increase the risk of blood clots, and standing for prolonged periods may compromise blood flow to the baby.”

17 Excess Heat

Oftentimes pregnancy is not planned for, which means that most mothers feel they could have finished that project before they got pregnant or gone for that girl’s day out before they got pregnant. In order to utilize the little time they have before the freedom to do as they please goes, some of us go to that beach for that beach party or have a dip in a sauna to catch up on some girl talk. Caution should be taken during all these ventures not to raise the core body temperature.

According to Kids Health, “If your body temperature goes above 102°F (38.9 °C) for more than 10 minutes, the elevated heat can cause problems with the fetus.”

16 Certain Foods

Women are advised to adopt a healthy diet during pregnancy but in pursuit of this healthy diet, it is possible to do more harm than good. Some foods are not advisable for the pregnant woman, especially those foods that come with the risk of bacteria and heavy-metal contamination.

According to Kids Health, “Although it's important to eat plenty of healthy foods during pregnancy, you also need to avoid foodborne illnesses, such as listeriosis, toxoplasmosis, and salmonella, which are caused by the bacteria that can be found in certain foods. These infections can be life-threatening to an unborn baby and may cause birth defects or miscarriage.”

15 Lying on Your Back

During pregnancy, it becomes rather hard to get that perfect position to sleep in. The ideal sleeping position is to sleep on your side, but in case one is not able to utilize this position, it is advisable to find a position that feels comfortable for her.

According to Baby Center, “the one position your caregiver is likely to warn you against, starting at mid-pregnancy, is lying flat on your back. That's because lying on your back allows your growing uterus to compress the large veins that run up the side of your spine and return blood from your legs to your heart. This can result in decreased blood flow and may cause dizziness, shortness of breath, or a fast heart rate.”

14 Garden Chemicals

Gardening can be therapeutic for most people and giving it up even for a short time can be traumatizing. There are those mothers who love flowers and maintaining their own kitchen garden. Getting pregnant does not in any way stop mom from enjoying nature, but she is advised to exercise some caution when using garden chemicals like insecticides, pesticides or repellents as these are considered poisons.

The chemicals contained in insecticides are considered poison and come with the high risks. Insect repellents that contain diethyltoluamide can also be harmful to the baby and should be avoided.

13 Bedtime Fun

One-on-one time during pregnancy is advised as it helps the mother to relax and is a great way to bond with a partner before the baby comes. In case of a normal pregnancy, there is no need to limit it, but if a woman has significant complications with the pregnancy, doctors may advise against it.

Caution should also be taken not to engage in private time with a partner whose history is unknown. This is to reduce the risk of transmitting something that can also be passed to the unborn child.

12 Paint Fumes

The baby is about to arrive and her room is still unmade. Towards the end of the pregnancy, mom may suddenly get the need to nest and in so doing, she may decide that that unpainted nursery has to be painted immediately, otherwise, things will not go well.

If the nesting bug bites, restrain from painting. According to Baby Center, “It's best to limit your exposure to paint and paint fumes while you're pregnant. Most paint contains solvents (petroleum-based chemicals) that can cause health problems if you inhale too much of them.”

11 Pool Water

Swimming has always been considered the best risk-free exercise for a pregnant woman because it comes with the capability to cool her down in the hot months. No one thought that an innocent swim could come with issues.

According to Web MD, “British researchers say that a chemical byproduct of chlorine called trihalomethanes found in very high levels in swimming pools may be hazardous for pregnant women and their unborn babies.” When pregnant, it may be a good idea to avoid public pools, at least until the baby comes.

10 Tap Water

Drinking tap water is not necessarily a bad thing and should be avoided only if the area one comes from calls for it. Tap water has been found to contain chlorine that is often used to treat public water. Chlorine often turns into chloroform when it comes into contact with tap water and it increases the risks to the pregnancy.

There are also areas that come with very old lead or copper pipes that come with lead solder. These allow the lead to seep into the water and can be harmful to the unborn child.

9 Tasks That Require Too Much Focus

When moms talked of pregnancy brain, most of us thought they were kidding, but this is not a joke. Pregnant women often find that a task they could handle without any problem suddenly becomes too hard. It is also not uncommon for one to forget what two times two is, not to mention what the name of the husband is.

According to Web MD, Helen Christensen, Ph.D., of the Australian National University, says, “Pregnancy does not change a woman's brain even though some women don't feel as sharp as usual when they're pregnant. If you read pregnancy manuals and listen to pregnant mothers, yes, there is such a thing as pregnancy brain or momnesia. And there is also evidence from research showing deficits in memory."

8 A Hyper Toddler

Babies are great at all ages and what we often look forward to is seeing our babies grow up. When kids are about two years of age, they go through the terrible two phase, which is often characterized by tantrums. When a mother is pregnant, the older child may feel a little jealous since she knows that another child is expected.

This toddler may become an extra handful that can be characterized by kicks and bites. Since the toddler knows the new baby is in the tummy, this may be his focus when it comes to releasing his anger. As much as possible, mom should try to ensure that the baby does not hit the stomach.

7 Climbing

This is often beneficial to the mother as long as she is going through a healthy pregnancy. Climbing comes with great benefits and it has been linked with lower cases of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and it even reduces backaches and constipation.

However, according to First Cry Parenting, “The biggest concern is slipping and getting hurt while walking up or down the stairs. Physical [trouble] in the first trimester of pregnancy can cause a miscarriage, while injury in the final trimester of pregnancy could cause premature birth of the child. However, the chances of falling down in early pregnancy are less as women can maintain better balance during early pregnancy.”

6 Bending

This is a task that is almost impossible to avoid during pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, there is a joke where the woman drops something and decides to let it be until the day after she gives birth. While this joke is quite funny, avoiding bending during pregnancy is a great idea.

While it is primarily safe to do so, bending over offers an increased risk of heartburn, dizziness, increased risk of falling, as well as strain. To avoid some of these accidents, the best way is to ensure that one changes the position of bending if one of them feels uncomfortable.

5 Sitting for Too Long

Most pregnant women are advised to put their feet up and watch that crazy marathon on Netflix. While pregnancy is a great time to lay back and relax, it is also not the time to sit down for too long. According to HealthLine, “When you’re pregnant, your uterus becomes enlarged," which adds unusual pressure to the backside. This can cause inflammation and discomfort, and is a very common experience for the third trimester. This is especially likely to happen when the baby is a bit larger: they put pressure on the nerves. There's also pain back there during labor contractions.

4 Pushing And Pulling

Pregnant women tend to notice a lot of things that they want to stay in a certain place or move to a certain corner. The demands for this or that are sometimes ignored by the people around and this is when mom decides to rearrange the furniture on her own. Bad idea.

According to Family Education, “Do you have to lift, push, bend, shove, and load materials all day? If you do, many experts believe you should ask for a job reassignment or quit by the 20th week of pregnancy. If you do this kind of work less intensely or strenuously, you can wait until the 28th week.”

3 Dog Walking

Moms who have dogs should reconsider going for those walks with the baby. As much as you love the dog and would love to go for those walks like you used to prior to the pregnancy, it may be time to consider hiring a dog walker.

Dogs can get over excited by seeing a kitty or even a raccoon and they may sprint, pulling you along with them. Sudden pulls may lead to falls, which are dangerous to a pregnant woman. Let the dog run free or let someone else hold the leash as you walk behind to prevent accidents.

2 Toddler Infections

Some of these infections are a problem and should be avoided at all cost. Whenever a mom has to take care of a sick child, she may inadvertently expose herself to some bugs that will prove to be a big problem to the child. According to Michael Cackovic, MD, on The Bump, maternal-fetal medicine physician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, “Because your immune system is naturally weaker during pregnancy, you’re at a higher risk of developing serious complications from the flu, like pneumonia or bronchitis. The flu is actually four to five times more dangerous in pregnancy. Each year, we’ve had a least one pregnant woman die of the flu.”

1 Over-Exercising

It was once said that exercising during pregnancy was a no-no, but it now emerges that exercising is actually good for the mother and her child and it even makes pregnancy smoother for the mother.

According to Kids Health, “For most pregnant women, low-impact exercise is a great way to feel better and help prepare the body for labor. Low-impact exercise increases your heart rate and intake of oxygen while helping you avoid sudden or jarring actions that can stress your joints, bones, and muscles. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, stick to low-impact exercise. High-impact exercise can cause increased pressure on the structures within the uterus.”

References: WebmdNewkidscenterBabycenterLivescienceKidshealth

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