During your visit to the pregnancy care center, your health provider will advise you on proper healthy eating and drinking habits. Typically; it is wiser to limit the amount of tea and coffee you take in the mornings, as too much of the consumption of coffee may sometimes make it difficult to get pregnant. Coffee also has the potential of increasing the risk of miscarriage or having a baby with low weight. Therefore; remember to reduce your intake of coffee and tea as these beverages contain caffeine. Having two cups is okay for a day. Basically; caffeine is found in coffee and tea and drinking too much of this can cause short tempers etc. It can also affect the nervous system and cause sleepless nights. So, take heed and limit your intake of drinking coffee to about 300mg a day or avoid it completely.
You can find decaffeinated varieties which are a great option as it does not contain caffeine at least in smaller amounts. Moreover; it is important to avoid having energy drinks during pregnancy as they contain high levels of caffeine and other ingredients which are not recommended for pregnant women.
Another important fact that we would like to highlight here is that certain cold and flu remedies can also have caffeine. So talk to your health provider and doctor before taking these remedies.
- One cup of instant coffee has 60 mg to 80mg
- One cup of filter coffee contains about 60mg to 120mg
- One cup of tea about 10 mg. to 50mg
- A 250ml can of energy drink contains 80mg
- One 375g can of Coca Cola 48.75 mg
- One 100 g bar of milk chocolate around 20 mg
So, how about the intake of alcohol and alcohol-based beverages?
It is also a good idea to refrain from drinking alcohol and taking drugs. You can of course carry on with your normal routine of pregnancy, but since the health of the baby is essential you should be careful in what you do.
Say goodbye to uncooked meats!
Avoid consuming raw meats and shellfish. Avoid eating uncooked sea food such as sushi, oysters, mussels, and clams. In addition; do not eat under-cooked meats like poultry. Furthermore; avoid eating raw eggs, homemade salad dressings, mayonnaise and certain custards. Do not eat soft cheese as it can cause Listeria or listeriosis which even can lead you to the death.
Try instead to include lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, and plenty of water.
Few more important safety tips…
Avoid doing any paint work in the house as paint has various toxin chemicals and fumes.
There are certain medications that can be harmful to your growing baby. So consult your doctor before taking them.
Wear lose clothing and avoid wearing high heels and stilettos. The best is to wear flat shoes. As the stomach expands so does your level of gravity will change. You may feel unsteady on your feet and your feet and or ankles will get swollen, so best is flat slippers or shoes.
If you feel tired do not go and wait inside a tub of water as this can elevate your body temperature during the first few weeks of your pregnancy and it can lead to some birth defects. Just take a warm water bath.
Under no circumstances smoke as that is very bad for your health and the baby. Avoid being at areas where there are fumes and smokes as these are linked to cancer.