10 things prohibited for pregnant women

When you are pregnant, there are certain factors to which attention should be paid because they can be very harmful for the health of the mother and the fetus. These are the ten most important to avoid.

Prohibited during pregnancy

Pregnancy is not a disease. Although they may appear discomfort (vomiting, insomnia, back pain, constipation...), the majority of women do not have complications at this stage and can lead a completely normal life.
However, there are certain factors to which attention should be paid because they can be very harmful for the health of the mother and the fetus.
Here are 10 things prohibited for pregnant women that you should avoid:

1. Smoking

A study carried out by the Spanish society of family and community (semFYC) medicine reveals that more than half of women who smoke continue with this addiction to four months of gestation, which is harmful because it can lead to complications during birth (preterm labor) and infant health problems.
These experts consider beneficial to abandon tobacco dramatically during this period. In his opinion, it has no reason to be so heard argument that it is preferable that women will smoke a cigar to which is stress abstinence.
Similarly, consume another type of recreational drugs is harmful to the mother, but they also harm the baby because its harmful components can reach the fetus through the placenta. If the pregnant woman consumes cocaine, marijuana, heroin, etc, should inform your Gynecologist so that the advice on what to do. In any case, it is obvious that the first step will be to abandon these substances.

2. Drinking alcohol

Alcoholic beverages during pregnancy can cause damage to the physical and mental of baby development, since this substance becomes the fetus through the placenta. As a result, the child can weigh less at birth, grow more slowly, or congenital problems.
According to the Sociedad Española de Ginecología y Obstetricia (SEGO), the ideal is to avoid alcohol before, during and after pregnancy (in infancy), because no one knows at what point more affects the baby. Also, it is unknown if there is a minimal amount of risk, so it is best to avoid it at all.
Despite this, women who were unaware that they were pregnant and they have consumed alcohol in moderation the first 15 days of pregnancy, should not fret because it is very difficult that the embryo has been harmed.

3. Travel without medical consent

Before any trip, it is recommended that pregnant women consult your gynecologist, especially if it is long-distance and countries requiring vaccination.
The second quarter is the safest to travel, but if the woman is in good condition may do so up to even a month before childbirth.
It is important to know that there are carriers that require a medical certificate to pregnant them six months or longer.

4. Strenuous physical exercise

Carry out any physical activity helps to keep fit, avoids discomfort, such as low back pain, and facilitates delivery. However, not all physical exercises during pregnancy are suitable.
They are discouraged those requiring greater physical effort as jogging, riding in bike or any other type of sport that causes women excess of contractions or excessive tiredness.
It must begin and end always warm-up exercises to prepare the muscles and joints, prevent injury and recover better.

5. Exposure to high temperatures

All we like hot, go to sauna baths, etc. However, it is not convenient that the pregnant woman take a bath with very hot water and use saunas, because high temperatures produce excessive vasodilation and, as a result, dizziness and fainting. It is also counterproductive for the baby.
On the other hand, is possible use of the jacuzzi until one month prior to delivery, provided that the water is not very hot and the Jets do not result directly in the abdomen.

6. Bathing 15 days before the probable date of confinement

At this stage, it is best to take a shower, because the mucus plug can soften and result that you break waters. Nor is preferred if it begins with contractions of childbirth or after water has been damaged.

7. Eating undercooked meat or sausages

Surely you've heard of toxoplasmosis. This infection, caused by a parasite that often present in some birds and mammals, has no importance outside of pregnancy (symptoms are similar to a mild cold), but during pregnancy can cause malformations, and even abortion in the early months. To prevent it, Gynecologists recommend to take meat fried, roasted or cooked very made, and cooked sausages.
For this reason, it is also advisable to wash the vegetables before eating them, especially if they grow close to the ground (lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers), and avoid contact with cats, especially with their feces, main focus of infection very well.

8. Taking certain medications

Drugs during pregnancy can lead to risks to the fetus. However, there are drugs that are safe, such as acetaminophen. Also common NSAIDs (ibuprofen or naproxen) may be consumed during the first two quarters, but not in the latter.
Among them are completely contraindicated are some hormonal preparations, certain antihypertensives, even vitamin A (retinol) derivatives that are used in the treatment of acne.
Where women follow any treatment, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible to ensure that it does not interfere in the proper development of the gestation.

9. Submit to x-rays

In fact, a pregnant woman or if you want to should accompany someone you are going to do an x-ray, for example. Doses used in more routine radiographs are not so high as to affect the baby, but the right thing is the pregnant woman to tell the healthcare of its State so that, where the test is unavoidable, you apply the lowest dose, in the shortest possible time and protect the most sensitive areas, as the abdomen or pelvis.

10. Exposed to various toxic

Although there is no scientific evidence that specify exposure to cleaning products and other toxic substances have direct negative effects on the development of the pregnancy and the development of the embryo, many gynecologists advises pregnant to avoid contact with substances such as pesticides, insesticidas, ammonia mixed with detergent (together give off harmful gases), oven cleaners, triclosan, etc.
To clean you should opt for natural detergents; They also have to use masks and rubber gloves in order to protect themselves. It must also ensure that there is good ventilation.
In the case of having to use repellent, it is convenient to choose those that are directed to children, since they are less harmful.
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