5 things you should not do during the first trimester

The first trimester is the most important stage of pregnancy.

Pregnant woman(Consumer HealthDay)

At this point, your fetus is growing, and you’re basically eating for two so here, the quality and quantity of food you eat is very important as you need to ensure you’re healthy enough to carry your baby to term. So, what are some of the things you should not do in the first trimester?

1. Ignoring pre-natal vitamins.

It’s very important that you look into the multi-vitamins and mineral dosages you have to consume mostly because of anemia, seeing as the blood volume increases when you’re experiencing pregnancy. So, it’s important to eat foods rich in iron and folic acid as it helps prevent birth defects in your baby’s brain and spinal cord.

2. Ignoring your symptoms.

It’s normal to ignore some of the symptoms you experience during pregnancy simply because they’re normal. But you should be cautious about some of the symptoms, like constipation which can lead to toxin collection in the body and this could end up being dangerous for the baby. Ensure that you’re having enough roughage in your diet as well as enough water, to stay hydrated.

3. Smoking and consuming alcohol.

This is no brainer. Avoid smoking, drinking of alcohol and caffeine as well as carbonated drinks because they can cause developmental delays and other birth effects.

4. Not taking a well-balanced diet.

You need to take a well-balanced diet that contains proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins as well as foods rich in calcium which helps in the development of bones and teeth in the baby.

5. Not exercising.

Alongside diet, exercise is very important and not many pregnant women take it seriously. Exercise helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. Regular activity also helps keep you fit during pregnancy and may improve your ability to cope with labor.


Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke