(KHARA NEWS) They say the most magical feeling in this entire universe is having a feeling of life growing inside you. From getting the news of becoming pregnant women to waiting for the arrival of your infant, to sharing the every movement, every mood swing, ever craving in pregnancy is all worth it in the end when you finally hear your baby’s cry and holding him looking at its face for the first time. To help guarantee a safe and upbeat pregnancy for you and your infant, thus that your newborn has a sound establishment, here are a few precautions for a Pregnant women.
1: Fish and seafood Intake Should be Controlled
Fish and seafood are excellent low-fat sources of many nutrients and an important part of a healthy diet. However, there is a concern about eating fish and seafood for pregnant women, since some types may contain high levels of mercury. To be safe, choose wisely among types of fish. Eat no more than 12 ounces of cooked fish a week.Do not eat shark, swordfish, king mackerel or tilefish.
2: Alcohol Too Risky
No one knows how much alcohol is safe to drink for pregnant women.
The danger of alcohol use during pregnancy is that it may cause Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Babies born with FAS may Grow more slowly and have learning problems. Have abnormal facial features. There is no cure for these problems caused by FAS.
3: Caffeine Cause of Anxiety
Caffeine is a stimulant that affects people differently. Caffeine can cause nervousness, irritability, anxiety, irregular heartbeats and problems sleeping for pregnant women. How caffeine affects an unborn baby is still under investigation. Some scientists believe caffeine can cause premature or smaller than normal babies or possible birth defects.
4: Cigarettes Can Cause Serious Problems for Baby
Cigarette smoking may lead to serious health problems. Pregnant women who smoke during pregnancy usually give birth to babies that weigh less than those of women who do not smoke. Low birth weight babies are more likely to have health problems, such as:
- Trouble keeping warm
- Feeding problems
- Breathing problems
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
New research shows that exposure to second-hand smoke is also linked to SIDS and can cause major health problems to your baby.
Whenever possible, try to minimize your use of Processed food items, such as hot dogs. Foods containing sodium nitrates, such as cured meats like ham or bacon. These substances may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) for pregnant women.
Be sure to wash fruits and vegetables and peel carrots to avoid eating pesticides used on farms to kill insects.
7: Food Handling Concerns
Eating raw fish, meats or poultry may increase your risk of infection or parasitic disease. Cooking food destroys bacteria and parasites. Milk that is not pasteurized may also cause illness.
8: Medications and Herbs – Critical Issue
Some medications and herbs may harm your baby. Before taking any medication or medicinal herbs during your pregnancy, ask your health care provider these questions:
What is this medicine herb?
- What does it treat?
- What are the side effects my baby or I may experience?
- What is the smallest effective dose?
9: Saunas and Hot Tubs – Safety First
Avoid saunas and hot tubs that maintain a temperature greater than body temperature. They can potentially cause overheating and affect the development of your baby
10: Toxoplasmosis – Cleanliness is the Key
Toxoplasmosis is a condition caused by a parasite found in cat feces, plant soil, and raw or undercooked meat. The parasite can cause brain damage in a developing baby if the mother becomes infected during pregnancy.
11: Fetal Solvent Syndrome – Risk for Major Birth Defects
Exposure to chemicals may cause birth defects. Talk to your health care provider if you are concerned about exposure to chemicals in your environment.
12: Video Display Terminals (VDTs) – Ambiguity Risks
At this time, there are no solid research findings regarding the effects of computer monitors or Video Display Terminals (VDTs) on a developing baby.
13: Rh Negative Mothers and Rhogam
If you (pregnant women mother are Rh-negative and your baby’s blood is Rh-positive there is a Rh incompatibility. Because some of the baby’s red blood cells leak into your system, your body will produce antibodies to fight the Rh factor as if it were a harmful substance. These antibodies will remain in your body and may affect your next baby. If you are Rh negative, you will be given an injection of Rhogam at about 28 weeks of pregnancy, and within 72 hours after a birth, miscarriage, abortion or amniocentesis. The Rhogam will prevent your body from making these harmful antibodies. If your baby is Rh negative, you will not need Rhogam after delivery.
14: Preeclampsia – Mysterious Cause
Preeclampsia is also called Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH) or toxemia. The cause of Preeclampsia is unknown for pregnant women. It occurs in about 5% of pregnancies and is most common in:
- First pregnancies
- Twin or other multiple pregnancies
- Women with high blood pressure before 20 weeks of pregnancy
- Teenage pregnancies
Women with diabetes
15: Gestational Diabetes Educate Yourself and Protect your Unborn
Gestational diabetes only occurs during pregnancy. The changes in your body during pregnancy can cause your blood sugar (glucose) levels to be high, which can cause problems for you and your baby. You will receive specific education on how to care for yourself if you develop gestational diabetes. It is very important to follow the diet, exercise and blood sugar monitoring plans given to you.?