Alrighty, I’m not here to be a Debbie Downer, but we need to talk about some things that you shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant.
There are certain things that you shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant that are commonly known:
-Don’t drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or use drugs
-Don’t clean the cat litter box (oh, shucks, eh??)
-Don’t use heavily chemicaled products
That’s a pretty vague list that you’re going to have to talk to your healthcare provider about in more detail because I’m here to talk about the LESS known things you shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant.
These are things that I was guilty of in at least one of my pregnancies and have seen occur frequently, and I’m sharing them with you so that you can avoid the same mistakes!
5 things you shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant
- Don’t listen to every one’s birth stories.
You’re going to be bombarded with well-intentioned Mamas who want to re-live their birth experience and “help” you by sharing it with you.
The problem? Some people have some scary-ass, intense birth stories that you probably don’t want to hear. While a good portion of the time birth stories go as planned without any issues or blips there are those that go completely sideways. Those are always the ones you hear about.
It can be helpful to hear about other people’s experiences, but it might be worthwhile to stipulate the exact part that you want to hear before asking for your friend’s account of her birth story. For example, if you’re wondering what pain relief techniques she implemented during her labor you can ask her specifically to share that information.
Also, feel free to let people know that you don’t want to hear their story! If it’s not going to benefit you (and actually might cause distress) you can kindly explain that you’d rather refrain from hearing personal accounts right now and that you’re sticking to having discussions with your healthcare provider about your labor and delivery.
2. Don’t watch Hollywood blockbusters
Her water breaks (in the shower, obviously). She immediately has contractions. Her husband drives her to the hospital. She goes through the lobby in a wheelchair. She is wheeled into her huge, private room. She curses angrily at her husband as she transitions. She pushes when the doctor shows up and instructs her to do so as she lays on her back with her feet in stirrups. She gets her clean baby on her chest and enjoys a body fluid free bed.
This is not what typical birth looks like. Don’t get me wrong, it can certainly look this way, however, an “average” birth is so varied that there isn’t one way to really look at it.
Your birth will be your birth. Watching these big screen renditions of what that looks like will put ideas and comparisons in your mind that you really don’t need! You definitely still need to prepare, but we’ll talk about how to do that productively in the next point.
3. Don’t under prepare
This is a tricky one. On one hand you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with ALL THE THINGS you need to know about your pregnancy, birth, and newborn, but on the other hand, it’s not good to be left in the dark, either.
It might seem like everything will come naturally to you and for the most part it will. However, we’ve got the information out there to help you get ready for ALL THE THINGS so why not take advantage of it?
**Pro tip: Learning about your body’s response during labor will help your pain. Knowing what your body is doing and what stage your baby is at in the birthing process will help you be able to predict what’s coming next.
4. Don’t get sedentary
Oh Mama, I know it’s tempting to lay on the couch and veg out and eat the Oreos that your baby is demanding, but you’re truly doing yourself a disservice.
Living a healthy lifestyle is a good idea at the best of times, but especially when you’re pregnant. It’s definitely important to rest but it’s just as important to keep your body moving! Listen to what your body is saying!
Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about what exercise is appropriate for your unique situation, but things like walking and yoga (this lady is my favorite!!)are generally pretty safe for most people. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will keep your body nice and flexible for your birth and postpartum recovery!
5. Don’t eat for two
Ugh. I know, I know. After I just talked about the Oreos…
Take it from me; you don’t want to overeat. When I got pregnant with my first I ate ALL THE THINGS. I ended up gaining way more than the average amount. You actually don’t need to increase your caloric intake when you’re pregnant. You need to increase it a bit when you’re breastfeeding, but until then try to keep the Oreos to being a treat instead of breakfast;)
What else can you add to this list of things you shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant?