Sorry to all the mama-to-be, scuba diving trip is on hold, skiing is off the limit, and sushi is a no-no for the next nine months. But before you feel too deprived, there are plenty of fun, fabulous and pregnancy-friendly things you can do when you’re pregnant.
So, without further ado, here are six things that are safe to do when babies on board.
You can still keep a sip of your coffee fix. According to The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), moderate consumption of caffeine during pregnancy should be safe for moms-to-be to drink. The suggested serving size is less than 200 mg per day, which is about 12 ounces of coffee.
You will be so excited to hear that indulging in chocolate is okay during pregnancy. Dark chocolate contains some heart-healthy antioxidants as well. Although chocolate does contain caffeine, the amounts are minimal. So you can savor a small square or so when the urge hits — just don’t use pregnancy as an excuse to down a whole bar. Well, those calories still count.
Even when you are pregnant, you can still drive around town and hit the open road. As long as you don’t have any health problems that make driving unsafe. Make sure you wear the seat-belt with the lap sash over your lap and under your bump. And remember to move the seat as far back from the steering wheel as that it is safe and comfortable for you to drive in. Leave some space between the steering wheel and your bump.
Being pregnant while traveling can be stressful, but it should not be a barrier for mum-to-be to travel. Unless you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. The key thing is to talk to your doctor about it, choose a destination which allows for lots of rest and relaxation. Doing a little extra preparations beforehand can go a long way to reducing discomforts for your journey.
Pregnancy doesn’t and shouldn’t put you out of gym class for nine months. Contrary, exercise helps reduce some of the most unpleasant pregnancy symptoms, like backaches, constipation, bloating, and swelling. You can still enjoy walking, swimming, biking, and prenatal yoga or dance classes which are low-intensity exercise options. While doing these exercises, always stay hydrated, and listen to your body. If you start feeling faint, overheated, or experience any pain, stop immediately.
Contrary to popular belief, having sex during pregnancy doesn’t physically hurt your little one. Apparently, babies are fully protected by the amniotic sac and strong uterine muscles, with a thick mucus plug sealing the cervix. However, it’s advisable to check with your doctor to make sure your pregnancy is indeed low-risk before intercourse.