I remember feeling so unprepared for my first pregnancy. I didn’t know what to expect or how to prepare myself, but luckily I had a mom that was there to guide me through the process. It can be hard to find an unbiased resource about pregnancy because everyone has their own opinion on what you should do and when you should do it. That’s why I have compiled a list of 5 Things Not To Do In Your First Trimester so you can have all of the information available at your fingertips!
Don’t Get in a Hot Tub or a Hot Bath
It is important for women to know that their body temperature can rise when in a hot tub or bathtub, which can have negative effects on the baby. Avoid going into a hot tub, jacuzzi, or hot bath at all costs while pregnant. The heat from these water sources could lead to premature birth and complications throughout pregnancy.
Don’t Change the Cat Litter Box
It may not be a good idea to work with kitty litter while pregnant. The Cat feces can contain a bacterium called toxoplasmosis, which could cause the pregnant mother to have a miscarriage or cause serious birth defects in their baby. In fact, 8 out of 10 cats carry this bacteria and pass it through the feces.
Don’t Drink Alcohol or Smoke Cigarettes
The first trimester is the best time to stop drinking and smoking if you happen to be a heavy smoker or drinker. Heavy drinking can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome, which means that your child could have mental disabilities, physical deformities, delays in development, as well as many other negative effects. Additionally, smoking can lead to your baby having low birth weight, which could, in turn, make them have many problems related to breathing in the future.
Don’t Eat Certain Foods
You always need to watch what you eat while being pregnant, but some foods should be avoided during the first trimester if possible. First of all, you should not eat any type of raw fish, meat, or eggs. Some types of sushi are safe to eat while pregnant but they are better if cooked. You should also avoid foods that are high in mercury, such as shark, king mackerel, and swordfish.
Research Your Doctor
Before seeing the doctor for the first time, make sure you do some research on the person. After all, your health and that of your child are at stake here! You can always ask a friend or a family member for a personal reference before going to see the doctor but please still do your own research on that doctor. First impressions are important, so be sure to find out everything you can about them before going in for your first appointment. Read my story about what happened when I didn’t research my doctor.
In The End
It’s important to understand how your body is changing and what you should avoid during the first trimester. This article has provided some helpful tips for making it through this time period without too many hiccups. If this article resonates with you, or if there are other topics that interest you, please subscribe to my blog! Thank you for reading.