You’re expecting your own little bundle of joy, and as your stomach gets bigger, the things you should avoid at all costs multiply as well. Many soon-to-be mothers don’t realize the things that they should not do, especially as their pregnancy advances. In this blog, you can find a few of those things to keep you and your baby safe and sound until delivery.
Never Drink or Do Drugs
While most of the things on this list will be for the last month of your pregnancy, and this should be a no-brainer; it bears talking about. From the day you find out you’re pregnant, you should do no drugs, no smoking, and no alcohol. Any of these substances can harm you and your unborn child. If you have a problem with drugs and alcohol and can’t quit, please check out the programs at your local dual diagnosis treatment centers before it’s too late.
Don’t Ignore Your Dental Health
While you need to be vigilant about your dental health at all times, it’s especially important in the last trimester of your pregnancy. Many mothers-to-be don’t realize that poor dental hygiene can cause complications during your pregnancy and during delivery. Take care of your teeth by going to regular checkups with your dentist and brushing and flossing the way that you should, and probably already do.
Stay Away From Sushi
Even if you’re craving sushi in the third trimester, it’s a major no-no for pregnant moms. There are concerns about the bacteria and the mercury levels that the fish contains. You can have all the sushi you want after you have the baby and are done nursing. Until then, stick to foods that aren’t seafood instead.
Avoid Cleaning the Litter Box
It’s best to let your significant other handle cleaning the litter box during your entire pregnancy, but it’s even more important in that last trimester. Cats carry a parasite that can harm the baby if you come in contact with the used litter. Leave the litter box cleaning to someone else until the baby is born, then you can pick up the job again if you choose too.
Avoid Taking Long Trips
Once you hit the third trimester, taking long car trips isn’t advisable. For one, you don’t know when you might go into labor, and you don’t want to be away from the doctor and hospital you’ve chosen when it’s time to deliver your bundle of joy. If you’re flying, it’s not a good idea either. Some airlines ban travel for women who are 34 weeks and up because they worry they will go into labor during their flight. Book your trips before you’re 34 weeks, and ask your doctor about those before you go as well.
Stay Away from Caffeine
Everyone has those days when they need another cup of coffee just to keep their eyes open until it’s time for bed. However, caffeine isn’t good for you or your soon-to-be delivered baby. If you simply can’t do without that coffee fix and still get through your day, you can allow yourself one cup. After that, you’re just going to have to power through it because caffeine is bad for you and the little one as well, especially in the third trimester.
These are just a few of the things that should be avoided by moms-to-be, especially in the third trimester. All of them are doable, especially when you have a gorgeous baby to love in the long run, don’t you think?