Getting pregnant is a wonderful time in a woman's life. It means that your family is growing and soon you will have a little one to take care of. Though your life is going to be different after your baby arrives, there are also plenty of things that will change once you find out you're pregnant. Now you have to look out for you and your baby’s health and this could mean some lifestyle changes. Keep reading to discover ten habits to avoid while pregnant.
10 Bad Sleep Patterns
If you are known for bad or irregular nights of sleep, you're going to want to get on a sleeping schedule when you find out you're pregnant. Sleeping while pregnant can be difficult. It can be challenging finding a position that you feel comfortable in, but not having a sleep schedule at all can affect you. You tire easily throughout the day, making it hard to get any work done. And this should be a time in your life when you're resting so they baby can develop.
9 Junk Food and Fast Food Binges
When you're pregnant, everything that you eat is going to help be turned into energy to grow your baby. But sometimes at this stage in your life, you might take advantage of pregnancy cravings to eat whatever you want. Don’t just go out and eat all fast food and junk food—make healthy, smart decisions and really think about what you are putting into your body. You want to make sure you are getting all of the nutrients you need to be able to form a strong, healthy baby.
8 Too Much Coffee
Who doesn’t love their coffee in the morning? It’s a great drink to get our mind and body going, but if you are known for having multiple cups of coffee throughout the day, then you need to rethink your beverage of choice. Too much caffeine is never good for anyone, especially if you're expecting. We're not saying that the occasional coffee or soda is bad, but you do want to limit it. So watch how much caffeine you take in every day to ensure better development for your little one.
7 Stressing Over Nothing
Being pregnant means that your hormones are all over the place and days can be tough when one minute you're happy and the next you're crying over a cute commercial on TV. But one thing you can work on controlling is not stressing out about the little things. I know that pregnancy can bring up a lot of questions and concerns, but constant stress is not good for you or the baby. If you feel overwhelmed, try meditation or gentle yoga to help calm your mind.
6 Eating Seafood
Like we mentioned before, you want to watch what you eat when you're pregnant. Fish is known in the fitness world as a go-to dish, but with fish containing amounts of mercury, this is not something you want to eat while pregnant. Mercury is not good for anyone, especially when you have a baby forming inside of you. So if you go out to eat, opt for the fishless sushi instead.
Going out with friends and having a good time is always fun, but if your friend group is known for clubbing all night, then you might want to consider staying in on some of those outings. We're not saying that you're not allowed to have fun while pregnant, but staying up until the wee hours is not going to be good for you or your baby. Instead, try a girls' night in.
4 Overworking Yourself
Sometimes women have trouble saying "no", especially in the work place. It's great to want to help everyone out, but this can cause us to spread ourselves too thin. When you're pregnant, you need to make sure you are not overworking yourself. Don’t take on more than you can handle because if you are exhausted at the end of the week, your baby is going to feel it too. Don’t feel bad for saying "no", since you are not just thinking about yourself, but your little one's health.
Taking or doing any drugs is never good for you or your body and if you're known to experiment, then you need to stop while pregnant. Drugs can change our body and mental state no matter what or how much you take. If you're worried about your drug use, then it's a good idea for you to talk to your doctor about the best help you can get. It's the best thing you can do for both you and your baby.
Smoking is bad for your health even if you are not expecting. If you are a smoker, then you need to cut this habit when you find out you are pregnant. Smoking can lead to many serious life-threatening conditions for you and your baby. According to CDC.gov, smoking can lead to cancer, strokes, stillborns, and even low birth weights of a baby when a mother smokes. So do what’s best for you and your baby and quit smoking.
There is nothing wrong with having an alcoholic drink at the end of a hard week to unwind and relax. But if you are pregnant, then you are going to want to stay away from all types of alcohol. CDC.gov states that “no amount of alcohol is safe when you are pregnant.” So if you were thinking about just one sip or one glass of wine then you are going to want to rethink that and go for water or herbal tea instead. Remember, it’s only nine months that you are pregnant and you can make it without the wine.