So often during pregnancy we go to do something or consume something and we pause and think "Oh, is this safe while I'm pregnant?" Or we're given judgemental looks by others when we do certain things whilst pregnant, and to be honest, this just often leads to self-doubt, anxiety and worry whether we're doing the right thing or not.
Now, every woman is different and every pregnancy is different...however in today's post we wanted to clarify a few "Is it safe...." questions (that are regularly asked) for you in the one spot. Obviously some topics need more information, facts and reasoning so we will endeavour to script them in future individual posts but hopefully we can put your mind at ease with a few here today...
Is it safe to....
1. Fly/Travel during pregnancy? In most healthy pregnancies; YES it is. However it all depends on you, your baby's health, your gestational date and your travel needs. We've covered this topic in this post.
2. Eat Sushi or Raw Foods during pregnancy? Again, this comes down to circumstance and several health factors. Generally women are advised to avoid raw seafoods during pregnancy as eating uncooked portions carry a higher risk of Listeriosis (food poisoning) which can cause horrific vomiting, diarrhea, fevers, headaches and even miscarriage or early labour. However, many women who are confident on the freshness and original source (and date) of the raw foods continue to eat such meats without any issues during pregnancy. It's all calculated risk with what you choose to consume and what's normal in your diet.
3. Dye My Hair during pregnancy? There is still a lot of speculation around this topic with some claiming it's a big 'No No' while others saying there's no risk at all. The main concern is breathing in the chemicals/bleaches and potent fumes from the dyes which is not good for your or your baby's lungs. However, using the right products in well ventilated spaces (and talking to your hair dresser first) is a safer way to colour those pesky greys or regrowth lines during your 40 weeks of gestation.
4. Drink Alcohol during pregnancy? No amount of alcohol is deemed 'safe' during pregnancy, however some women choose to have the occasional light beer or glass of red wine during their pregnancy with no health issues being present in their newborn babies. This is a risk most women refuse to play with though as a lot of research shows the longterm effects alcohol abuse during pregnancy can have on babies and children. A great read about alcohol abuse and pregnancy can be found here.
5. Have Sex during pregnancy? The basic answer is...Yes! Unless you've been advised or instructed not to by your Doctor. Yet, in most healthy pregnancies, your baby is protected by the padding of the amniotic sac and the strong muscles of your uterus which makes sexual intercourse a safe experience during pregnancy. The thick (mucus) plug that seals your cervix acts as a barrier to stop germs or infection entering into the womb and your baby. Once this plug has released and labour has started, sex is not recommended, due to risk of infection. Be mindful of good hygiene, healthy intercourse and comfortable sexual positions during your pregnancy and in fact it may be the very thing to do to bring on labour ;)
6. Run and Lift Weights during pregnancy? If you were very active and fit before pregnancy there's a good chance you can (and will) continue with your exercise routines during your pregnancy. However this is something that should ALWAYS (no matter how fit you are) be discussed with your Doctor. I personally chose to decrease the intensity and types of movements I did during my pregnancies, however I have friends who continued with their long-distance running programs well into their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. You can read more about exercising during pregnancy here.
7. Drink Coffee during pregnancy? This was an easy one for me during my first pregnancy because I wasn't a big coffee drinker at that stage. However, by the time baby number two was conceived and I was still in the depths of sleep-deprivation from baby number one, I had built up quite the love for caffeine and coffee. During that pregnancy I decreased my caffeine intake to just one (real) coffee per day and cut out all other caffeine sources (energy drinks, Cola, iced tea etc). The NSW Health Board indicate that you should have no more than 200mg of caffeine per day when pregnant. This is one espresso/brewed coffee or two cups of instant coffee, 4-5 cups of tea or a few cans of Cola/Coke. Again, this comes down to common sense and mindfulness. Nourish your body with fresh, real food and plenty of fresh water during pregnancy, and look for more natural ways to get that 'energy' kick!
So, there you have it, 7 of the most Googled and asked "Is it Safe?" queries asked by expecting women.
Stay safe Mums.
If you have any concerns or questions, please talk to Dr Chong at your next appointment.
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