Although pregnancy should not be treated as an illness, it is undoubtedly a special time in a woman's life when she should take special care of herself. For the foetus to develop properly and for the future mother to avoid health problems, certain restrictions on nutrition and lifestyle are recommended. See what you can afford and what you should absolutely avoid during this period.
Would you like to know how to mix your diet properly and what not to eat during pregnancy? Or maybe your doubts about the safety of air travel or the use of medicines? Get to know the specialists' recommendations in this area.
If you're wondering what not to eat when you're pregnant, be aware that the list of banned products is quite long. Avoid the risk of a baby being born first and foremost:
- alcohol (no quantity of alcohol is permitted or safe during this particular period),
- liver (100 g of this product may contain as much as 22 000 mcg of retinol, whereas the acceptable daily dose of vitamin A in pregnant women is 3000 mcg; larger amounts may cause foetal malformation or even lead to pregnancy loss),
- raw and unroasted meats, e.g. tartar or bloody and semi-blooded befishops,
- unpasteurized milk and milk products,
- of mould cheese,
- raw or undercooked eggs, e.g. slightly cut eggs,
- artificial sweeteners.
Sweets should also be kept to a minimum - their consumption can not only lead to the development of overweight and obesity, but also promotes development maternal diabetes.
Statistics show that up to 90% of pregnant women take prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. Although they are often necessary and their benefits outweigh the potential risks, not all pharmaceuticals are advisable.
The validity of taking medication during pregnancy should always be consulted with the gynaecologist in charge. While it is allowed to administer medicines in categories A and B, those in categories C, D and X cannot be taken. The latter group includes acetylsalicylic acid, naproxene (in the third trimester), ibuprofen and macrolides (e.g. erythromycin).
Flying the plane
Air travel does not pose any risk to the woman and the foetus - provided that the pregnancy is normal. In such cases, flying has not been shown to lead to miscarriage or premature birth.
However, there are some contraindications to air travel, which include, among others
- increased risk of early birth,
- bleeding from the genital tract,
- severe anemia,
- cardiovascular diseases causing breathing difficulties.
If you have any concerns about your pregnancy, a gynaecological consultation is always advisable. The doctor will dispel your doubts, so you will not have to worry about your health and the proper development of the fetus.
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