Pregnancy Concerns: 5 Surprising Things You Shouldn’t Do While You're Pregnant by Dr. Alan Lindemann
Along with the joy and excitement of pregnancy, parents-to-be often experience a lot of worry. Is there anything you can do to help ensure that you and your baby remain healthy and safe throughout the months leading up to delivery?
Here are five surprising things you shouldn't do in pregnancy:
1. Do Not Leave Blood Pressure Worries to Your Doctor
I have always recommended that women check their blood pressure at home every day. In fact, I suggest women know what their baseline blood pressure is before they get pregnant. If your blood pressure gets above 120/80 or increases to 30 points above your first blood pressure, call your doctor.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that if your blood pressure reaches 150/100, delivering your baby needs to be considered.
2. Don't Ride a Bicycle Outdoors
Many people ride bikes and perhaps you are one of them. But when you’re pregnant, I advise against riding a bike outside because of the risk of falling or being knocked down. But by all mean, if you ride an exercise bike inside, continue as you were as long as you are comfortable.
3. Don't Change Diets When Pregnant
You may have been on some sort of diet before you were pregnant. After all, who can avoid dieting in some form these days? This is not the time to try fasting or avoiding carbs. In fact, you should eat like a diabetic. Three meals with a combination of protein, fat, and carbohydrates and three snacks.
Eat ice cream, but be sure it’s full fat. This isn’t the time to cut out fat.
4. Avoid Public Swimming
Public swimming pools are full of chemicals you should probably avoid, including kids’ urine. That includes the swimming pool in your apartment complex. How about your own personal hot tub? Eh, probably not. Anything with water which is chemically treated should be avoided.
How about the ocean? The water may be salty, but it isn’t germ-free. Furthermore, this is not a good time to get caught in a rip tide.
5. Don't Change Your Exercise Routine
This isn’t the time to become an extreme cyclist. It’s O.K. to continue whatever exercise program you did before you became pregnant, but this isn’t the time to add extra moves to your routine. And don’t hesitate to cut back if you feel like it.
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