Pregnancy is a beautiful moment and we do not want anything spoiling it for us. Every woman dreams of being a mom and this period prepares her for the endless nights and days that she will spend caring and worrying about the kids. Mothers obviously want only the best for their kids and do not want anything to harm their kids.
But sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly would be mothers, during their pregnancy either fall for bad habits or keep living the same lifestyle she was living before she conceived.It is very important to note and understand here that everything you do, no matter how small, affects the tiny human being inside you.
His growth and development is dependent on what all you do during those 9 months. Here is a list of 12 such habits that you should completely stop doing if you are expecting
1. Eating food while Being Distracted
So if you are in a habit of watching TV, checking your phone or your laptop while eating, chances are you will continue doing so even when you have a kid and are trying to breastfeed him.Breastfeeding a baby while being distracted can be extremely dangerous as it can lead to choking or developing an ear infection because of incorrect position.
You miss on this bonding time and will miss the signals too, when the baby is full. Eating while being distracted also leads to obesity as you miss on the signals of your brain too which tells you when you are full.
2. Not Keeping a check on weight during pregnancy
It is very important that you keep a check on your weight when pregnant. It is high time pregnant women stop eating for two because that is just an old wives tale. Studies show that when pregnant you need to eat roughly 530 calories more.
This of course is a rough figure but eating lesser calories than this can lead to you not gaining proper and required weight which can in turn lead to still birth and birth defects in babies. Gaining more weight can lead to obesity in mom and new born and can in turn lead to lifelong diseases.
This of course is no rocket science but studies show that almost 33% of moms –to- be smoke and keep smoking while pregnant. Enough stress cannot be put on the fact that it is very harmful for the baby. It can damage the baby’s lungs and create a lot of complications during the time of birth. The harmful effects of cigarettes can create havoc for the baby’s physical and mental growth.
4. Drinking and Drugs
Again, this is something that we probably should not feel the need to tell the moms but sadly, there seems to be lot of confusion about this and women still like to have drinks while carrying. Drinking wine while pregnant can cause miscarriage or premature births.
Do not have these even in small numbers because this can cause severe damage to the baby’s nervous system. Also if you are trying to conceive, avoid drinks and drugs completely as this only lowers your chances of conceiving.
5. Not sleeping enough
Let us face it, pregnancy can be exhausting too. Hence, sleeping properly is very important for the moms to be and the baby’s well being. You need to sleep for good 8-10 hours to cope up with the pregnancy stress. Anything less will only lead to high blood pressure problems and dizzy spells.
So rest all you can, especially when you are big and in last trimester. Sleep in proper posture and let the baby grow in peaceful conditions. Darken the room and lie on your left side with pillow between your legs for maximum support.
6. Eating too much junk food
It is natural to have cravings. You might want to eat food high in sugar or carbs, but eating them too often can lead to obesity, high blood pressure and high sugar. Junk foods are generally high on sugar, carbs and have very limited nutrition.
This is good for neither the baby nor the mother.
This can also result in baby being overweight and can create complications during the time of delivery. According to a study pregnant women who have eaten lot of high- fat and high-sugar will have babies who are fond of junk food at a later period in life.Studies show that having too much caffeine while pregnant can lead to undersized, under nourished or premature babies.
Drinking too much tea or coffee can also increase the chances of miscarriage. Check carefully and you will find warnings on few caffeinated drinks saying that it is not suitable for pregnant women. Please do not ignore. Not just hot drinks but cold drinks too can be high on caffeine and can be equally damaging.
7. Exercising too much or not at all
It is very important that you remain active throughout your pregnancy. Not working out at all can be damaging in sense that it can create complications with delivery. Remain active and that means you could take a walk every evening too. However, working out too much ignoring your doctors’ advice can be harmful.