Learning that the fetus inside is going to be a little girl is an exciting time for many mothers, as they then eagerly go to town decorating the nursery with adorable wall prints and painting the room in bright colors like pink, purple, or even a light blue.
Of course, while moms-to-be are busy making plans for all of the cute outfits they are going to purchase for their little girl the minute she makes her grand entrance into the world, there are a variety of things they need to avoid in order to keep both themselves and their little ones feeling healthy and happy.
For example, Tommy’s urges mothers to make a note in their smartphones to monitor their little girl’s fetal movements so that way, if there are any potential concerns, they can make an appointment to see their doctor ASAP.
Of course, many women often feel forgetful during pregnancy and can experience a “brain fog,” so they might slack off on doing this from time to time — therefore it is best to create an alarm on the smartphone with a note to check the baby girl’s movements so that there is no chance that mom will forget.
Learn more about what moms that know they’re pregnant with little girls should avoid in the following list.
20 Slack Off On Monitoring Her Movements In The Womb
For mothers-to-be, Tommy’s highly recommends that they do not slack off on monitoring their baby girl’s fetal movements because that is a good way to keep track of their general health inside of the womb.
After the 24-week mark, pregnant mothers should notice that their little girl’s fetal movements start to develop regular patterns. For example, they might feel her kick more at night than in the morning. It’s important to keep track of these patterns and note any kind of changes so that a doctor will be able to keep a weather eye out for any possible health concerns and be able to treat them ASAP.
19 Don't Take Multiple Multivitamins A Day
It might seem tempting to run to the local health food store and purchase a whole bunch of vitamins and supplements in an attempt to keep the little sweetie nice and healthy, but Tommy’s writes that there is no need to buy out the entire store.
All pregnant mothers really need in terms of vitamins and supplements is to take folic acid until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy and vitamin D supplement to help the fetus develop healthy bones, muscles, and teeth. Vitamin D supplements also help moms keep their own bones and teeth nice and strong too.
18 Make Sure You Don't Ignore Certain Vaccine Requirements For Expecting Moms
Look, no one really likes getting their required vaccinations. I absolutely dread having to go get my flu shot every fall because I always wind up feeling like crud for the next day or two, although I know I can’t procrastinate too much and wait too long to get it done.
That being said, Tommy’s highly recommends that if you’re going to give birth to a little girl then you should make sure that you get your annual flu vaccine because no one wants to deal with feeling like crud from the flu and being pregnant at the same time. You should also get the whooping cough vaccine too since it helps build up your baby girl’s future immune system.
17 Skip Certain Yoga Classes
Healthline notes that pregnant mothers should avoid taking that type of yoga practiced in a very warm room or Bikram yoga classes at all costs due to the fact that the intense heat could potentially be unsafe for your baby girl in utero.
That being said, there are plenty of yoga studios that offer classes that are specifically designed for pregnant moms and these can help keep you relaxed and stressed-free as your due date gets closer. If it’s not specifically designed for moms-to-be, you should probably skip it since if you sign up for pregnancy-specific classes such as prenatal yoga, the instructor will be able to advise you on what poses to avoid.
16 Purchasing Only Traditional Gender-Specific Toys Before She's Born
When I was growing up, popular toy stores such as Toys R Us clearly designated which aisles were for growing girls and which ones were catered towards little boys. The girls’ aisles were usually decked out with pink decorations and covered in Barbie dolls while the boys’ aisles were covered in green decorations and filled to the brim with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, which led to many parents letting their children play with the traditional gendered toys such as a Barbie doll or a G.I. Joe action figure.
The New York Times points out that while there’s nothing wrong with getting traditional gendered toys for the little girl you’ll be delivering soon, it is also important to break the societal stereotypes and purchase gender-neutral toys too since one study suggests that children that play with gender-neutral items are more flexible in their thinking and develop a wide range of skills.
15 Staying Up All Night Is A No-No
One of the less pleasant side-effects of being pregnant is that moms-to-be can get easily fatigued and feel as if they just want to stay in bed all day. Getting some shut-eye can become a bit of a trial as your pregnancy progresses and trying to find a comfortable sleeping position can feel like trying to find a need in a haystack.
Despite the fact that many moms-to-be often get less than the amount of recommended sleep that they need, Fit Pregnancy notes that you should do everything in your power to get the necessary shut eye. If you’re having a hard time going to sleep, Fit Pregnancy also highly recommends either going to bed earlier or taking a nap during the day and for those that can’t get comfortable, a body pillow can help keep you float off to sleep too.
14 Don't Forget To Go For Routine Dental Check-Ups
Fit Pregnancy adds that mothers that are expecting to give birth to a little girl should take the time out to make appointments for regular checkups with their dentist so that they can make sure that your teeth are nice and healthy, since dental health (or lack thereof) can affect whether or not your baby joins the world a little earlier than expected.
Healthline adds that aside from going to see your dentist to make sure that your teeth are in tip-top shape, you should also ask your dentist if they can perform deep cleanings so that you can be 100 percent sure that there are no germs lurking on your teeth and gums that could potentially wreak havoc on your bun in the oven.
13 Avoid Clothing That Constricts Your Rib Cage
According to Fit Pregnancy, the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists highly recommends that mothers-to-be keep active with low-impact activities such as prenatal yoga classes, taking a nice walk around the neighborhood or signing up for a few swimming sessions at your local indoor pool.
Regardless of how mothers of soon-to-be-born little girls choose how to stay limber, Fit Pregnancy adds that they should take care when selective their wardrobe because wearing clothing that restricts the rib cage is a great way to feel uncomfortable really quickly and could potentially lead to health concerns if mom doesn’t get the proper amount of oxygen as she breathes in and out.
12 Make Sure You Don't Get Overheated
No one likes getting all sweaty and feeling gross when they are working out, but Fit Pregnancy warns moms-to-be that they really need to be extra careful about how heated their body is becoming when they’re exercising at home or at the gym, lest the rising temperature cause potential issues for their little girl.
In order to make sure that you don’t feel as if you’re going for a jog in the Sahara desert, pregnancy experts say that it is best to avoid getting overheated during a workout by switching your schedule around until your baby girl’s born and get the adrenaline pumping in a place where there’s plenty of air conditioning or going for leisurely walks when it’s cooler, such as in the early morning or in the evening.
11 Skip Heavy Lifting At The Gym When You're Pregnant
Many moms-to-be will have heard the usual parenting advice from their doctor to skip high-impact activities such as soccer, going rollerblading or heading to the slopes to ski because there is a good chance that they could take a tumble or get a boo-boo that could extend to their fetus.
Fit Pregnancy adds that mothers should also take care to avoid lifting heavy weights as part of their workout routine until after their little girl enters the world because with that kind of exercise, there is the potential for injury too and it is far better to play it safe than to be sorry.
10 Using Oil-Based Paints Can Be Problematic
There are quite a few places that are catering to moms that need to have a fun night out with their gal pals by offering fun painting classes. The little mom-and-pop bookstore near me hosts this kind of event every Friday night and it’s definitely a hit with all of the mothers in the neighborhood.
Before trying to relax by signing up to take art classes or indulge in a fun night out with friends, Fit Pregnancy notes that if you’re pregnant with a girl, you should call ahead and see if they use oil-based paints during the event. If they do, it’s best to skip these kinds of events until after the delivery, since it is a huge no-no for pregnant moms to be around or handle oil-based paints.
9 Don't Change Jobs During Pregnancy
When you’re pregnant, it can often feel as if your entire life has been turned upside-down. Not only is your body changing, but you also have to deal with the annoying side effects such as greeting the toilet during bouts of morning sickness and dealing with the hormonal roller coaster that often leaves your moods swinging back and forth faster than a pendulum.
Fit Pregnancy recommends that moms skip over making important yet stressful decisions such as changing jobs until after their little girl is introduced to the world. Pregnancy is already an emotional journey that takes a lot out of you, and it’s best to save the job switching until after your child is born and you’re not feeling quite as jittery.
8 Please Don't Slack Off On Adding Spinach To Daily Meals
Doctors usually advise mothers-to-be to be mindful of their health and try to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as to take a few supplements so that they (and their baby) can stay in tip-top shape.
While it can be difficult to remember to make a meal out of all of the recommended food groups, Sanford Health notes that moms that know they’re pregnant with girls should do their best to try and not slack off on eating spinach. Not only is spinach filled to the brim with nutrients that will help your little girl grow, but it also has antioxidants that will keep you both feeling healthy and strong.
7 Ditch The Artificial Nails During Pregnancy
Most women don’t even think twice about going for a manicure and getting artificial nails, but according to WebMD, if you’re pregnant, you should skip heading out to the nail salon and getting fake nails plastered on over your real ones.
The reason why doctors don’t think getting artificial nails is a good idea for mothers-to-be is due to the fact that all of the fumes floating around in the nail salon isn’t a healthy environment for both momma and little girl to be in and there is even the possibility that it could lead to long-term health issues too.
6 Stop Using Hair Removing Creams
One of the downsides of being pregnant is that it wreaks utter havoc on the hormones in your body and there is a good chance that the hair on your body can grow pretty fast or even look darker than it did before you got pregnant with your little girl.
What To Expect writes that even though it is a heck of a lot easier to use hair removal crèmes to get rid of the unwanted body hair, the science is still out on whether or not it is healthy to use them during pregnancy. It is better to err on the side of caution, so stick to the good old-fashioned methods of shaving and waxing until after your baby girl is born.
5 Don't Fret About Your Higher Than Usual Heart Rate
It can be absolutely nerve-wracking for a first-time mommy to go to the doctor’s office in order to make sure that all is well with the baby girl and find out that their heart rate has actually increased.
Merck Manual points out that there is no need for moms-to-be to start fretting about the change in heart rate because this is a normal occurrence due to the fact that the mother’s heart has to work twice as much since there’s now a little passenger on board and it’s pretty common for moms to see their heart rate go up from 30 to 50 percent.
4 Remind Yourself To Not Let Your Mood Swings Get The Better Of You
Sanford Health notes that pregnancy often comes with mood swings, thanks to all of the hormones wreaking havoc in your body. It can often feel as if you are on an intense roller coaster ride like Kingda Ka from Six Flags Great Adventure, but it is important to do your best to stay calm and not let your mood swings get the better of you. After all, you don’t want to stress yourself or your little girl to be out!
Sanford Health also writes that when the hormonal roller coaster is raging, it is important to ask your significant other, friends and relatives for help. You might be hesitant to because you don’t want to feel like a burden to them, but having extra hands on deck to help you will make your life a little less hectic.
3 Doctors Recommend Avoiding Delivering Before 39 Weeks
According to Parents, moms-to-be should be advised that the old-fashioned method of delivering baby girls after the 37-week mark is now considered outdated by many doctors due to the fact that babies delivered after 39 weeks spent less time in the hospital and were a wee bit healthier than those that were delivered earlier.
That’s why Parents notes that doctors urge their patients to wait until the 39-week mark to deliver their baby, barring any health issue that might crop up and force mom to welcome her little girl into the world a bit earlier than she expected.
2 Don't Give In To The Sugary Cravings
Much like when you are in the throes of PMS, pregnant mommas often crave sugary and sweet treats like there is no tomorrow. Healthy Mummy notes that higher sugar intake during pregnancy can lead to your baby girl having a lower birth rate and could even make you feel extra nauseous during bouts of morning sickness.
While there is nothing wrong with indulging your burgeoning sweet tooth every now and then during the duration of your pregnancy, it is best to do so only in moderation and do your best to ward off what might feel like constant cravings by eating healthy meals.
1 Avoid Grapes Like The Plague
During pregnancy, many mothers-to-be do their best to increase their fruit and vegetable intake in their daily meals so that their little girl will be in tip-top shape by the time she’s ready to make her entrance in the world.
First Cry Parenting writes that when you’re out grocery shopping for delicious fruits and vegetables to add to your meal, it is important that you skip over the grapes — both the green and black varieties due to the fact that they can exacerbate morning sickness and they contain a compound that is not good for pregnant moms to have because it will make them feel ill.