Being pregnant gives you nine months to read books, do research and inform yourself about how to be a good parent for your child. However, there are many scenarios where pregnancy is a surprise. If you’re pregnant and this is your first baby, it’s okay to not know the “mommy” rules when you’re growing that baby bump. Pregnancy is confusing and there are certain measures to be taken as well as time to figure it out, but eventually, you’ll get used to it.
- Don’t Drink or Smoke
This should go without being said, but hey — some people forget. Drinking can cause a various amount of birth defects and risks including spectrum disorders, stillbirth, miscarriage, and premature birth. Smoking and second-hand smoking have similar defects as drinking but it is most likely that the baby may experience low birth weight, learning issues, or sudden infant death syndrome.
- Don’t Paint The Nursery
If you wanted to join your loved one in panting the nursery, think twice! Inhaling the toxins exposed by paint is not healthy for the infant. It’s important to stay as safe as possible for the baby’s health. So just sit back, pick the colors and decor then let your spouse do all the dirty work.
- Don’t take hot bubble baths or sit in saunas
It sounds nice. Though, it has a flaw. Being pregnant will eventually become a bit painful and stressful. Lighting some aromatherapy candles and running a hot and steamy bubble bath seems like it’d be the cure to fix pregnancy issues. However, an elevated body temperature can cause a certain birth defect.
- You Can’t Eat Everything You Use To
Unfortunately, ladies, you cannot eat the way you’re used to eating. No matter how much FOMO you get from missing out on sushi nights with gals, you gotta do what you gotta do. This means no raw meat, no shellfish, no smoked seafood, raw eggs, or soft cheeses. We know its tempting, but it’s all worth it when that baby comes out healthily.
I know you’re probably thinking the worst right now, but guess what? Following these guidelines and many more you can find in other blogs or books, and it will be totally worth it the time.