Monday, April 28, 2014

The Dos & Donts of Donts & Dos During Pregnancy

We are all told “do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that” when pregnant.  I want to break down some of the dos and don’ts of the don’ts and dos of pregnancy.
Fiction: You can’t fly during your first or last trimester.
False. This comes from the fear that you may go into labor while on the plan and there won’t be the proper medical attention available.  It has little to do with any other medical reason.
Fiction: You can’t pet your cat during pregnancy.
False. Petting your cat is absolutely not the issue.  It is changing you cat’s litter box where the problems lies.  You should not change your kitty’s litter box; however, it is perfectly okay to pet and snuggle with your fuzzy friend during pregnancy.
Fiction: You should not eat fish while pregnant.
False. Salmon is good for mothers-to-be; it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids like DHA.  Salmon is a fresh water fish, so there is there less chance of mercury poisoning.  Tuna is also fine as long as you stay under 12 ounces per week.  The fish you should avoid is mackerel, shark, tilefish and swordfish.  Other than these, you are in the clear.
Fiction: You can not dye your hair during pregnancy.
False. It is said that the chemicals from the hair dye will seep into your system and get to your baby.  I actually believed this and didn’t get my hair done at all through my whole pregnancy.  It is a good thing the ombre was super in style!
Fiction: No sex!
False.  Unless there is a serious reason that your doctor or midwife advises you not to have sex, you are in the clear!  In fact, it is recommended.
Fiction: No coffee while pregnant.
False. A cup a day is A-OK!  Don’t go crazy having extra shots of espresso 3 times a day, but a simple cup of coffee in the morning shouldn’t hurt.
Fiction: Don’t walk, it’ll make you go into labor.
False. Unfortunately, there is nothing that will bring on labor until you and your baby are ready.


  1. Ugh - changing the litter tray, yep big no no, and in fact my kiddos are 16 months and I still don't do it!
    I'm hosting a party and you're invited if you'd like to come link this up

  2. Great practical and useful advice, spotted you on #SuperMommyClub :)