6 Things To Steer Clear Of During Pregnancy

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“Congratulations! You’re pregnant!”

And you’ll receive a plethora of advice on what you need to do and what you must eat following this greeting from your family and friends. Pregnancy is a busy time. With all the friends and guests calling or visiting with their best wishes and all the future planning and all the exercises, it is normal to overlook certain things which you don’t find worth being on the top of your list. That said, there are certain things which might appear to be trivial superficially, but can potentially harm you and your babies health. 

Hence, to ensure that you never face any sudden complications during your pregnancy, here are a few things you most definitely need to avoid:

Over-the-counter Drugs:

OTC drugs like painkillers may have helped you after having a tough day, but these drugs can have some severe side-effects on the baby. 

The developing fetus can adversely react to the chemicals these drugs contain and cause serious congenital disabilities.

You must strictly consult your doctor about what medicines you can take if you:

  • Fall sick with fever or cold
  • Have severe headaches 
  • Have had been taking a course of drugs from before you fell pregnant

Let any doctor that you visit know that you’re pregnant beforehand and discuss what natural medicines, vitamins and supplements you can consume.

Food-borne Illness:

You must remember at all times that everything you eat is going to affect your unborn baby’s health as well.

Even though you are supposed to eating a lot of healthy and fatty foods to balance the nutrients used by the fetus to grow, certain food items may do more harm than good by triggering food-borne illnesses like such as listeriosis and toxoplasmosis.

Following are some of these items that we suggest you better not eat or eat only after consulting your doctor:

  • Unpasteurized cheeses such as goat or blue cheese
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Raw eggs or foods containing raw eggs
  • Raw, undercooked or processed meat like hot dogs
  • Fishes like sushi, king mackerel, tuna steak, marlin, etc. that have higher levels of mercury

Kitty Litter Boxes:

Your cat may be a member of your family and eating meals with you since you first got it, but its litter box has to stay out of the house for now.

The Toxoplasma gondii parasite that spreads from the soiled kitty litter box can cause toxoplasmosis, and an infected mother can easily transmit the infection to her baby.

This infection can lead to complications such as prematurity, weak growth, and severe eye and brain damage. 

High Caffeine Intake:

Consuming excessive caffeine has been found to cause miscarriages potentially. 

Ideally, you will have to stop drinking coffee. But, to avoid any withdrawal symptoms, you can do so by:

  • Switching to decaffeinated coffee before quitting
  • Cutting down to a single cup per day before quitting.

Make sure you bring down your coffee intake below 100mg for some days to rid your body of the addiction symptoms.


Smoking is wrong in any scenario. However, now, the baby is also subjected to all the nicotine and carbon monoxide that you’re inhaling.

Smoking during pregnancy can have frighting adversities in the baby, such as:

  • Low body weight during birth
  • asthma and other respiratory problems
  • In the worst case, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)


You might not be a heavy drinker, you might think that have a glass of wine or a pint of beer once a while is healthy, but you might also be sincerely wrong.

There is no ‘healthy’ amount of alcohol you can have during pregnancy. Also, the unborn baby’s kidney isn’t developed enough to eliminate the alcohol that is passed on in its body. 

This concentration of alcohol can cause severe abnormalities in the underdeveloped baby, such as physical and mental birth defects or damage to the nervous system.

Of course, these rules apply to you even if you’re still planning your pregnancy. Yet again, no matter the number of precautions you take, there are other factors which can prevent you from being a mom, like infertility. Today, such problems are easily treatable and are proven to be safe. 

Hence, if you’re facing any pregnancy-related problem and are looking for an IVF centre in Aurangabad, then must visit Endoworld Hospital. Here, you can find the latest and clinically proven solutions for having the best infertility treatment in Aurangabad. Visit the Endoworld website to consult your problems with some of the best infertility doctors in Aurangabad today!

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Dr. Pandit Palaskar

Dr. Pandit Palaskar is one of the best IVF doctors in India. He has vast experience of 20+ years with thousands of cases performed in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility.

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