First Three Months Of Pregnancy Dos And Don’Ts

Do ask for help.

Ask your partner to help out more, perhaps taking on a few extra tasks around the house if you are already feeling more exhausted than usual during your first trimester of pregnancy.

You have a support system – take advantage of it. Ask a friend or family member for help. Take the necessary steps to ensure that you are getting enough sleep for your health and the development of your unborn child. More assistance or fewer tasks will free up more time for you to rest.


The ideal time for smokers to stop is right now. Quitting will improve your health and safeguard the health of your unborn child. Talk with your provider today about ways to quit.

According to the CDC, smoking while pregnant comes with risks. Smokers during pregnancy have a higher risk of miscarriage. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects, premature birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality in unborn children.

These babies also are at greater risk for learning disabilities. Smoking is a risk factor for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) both during and after pregnancy. Additionally, due to a physiologic nicotine addiction, children whose mothers smoked while they were pregnant are more likely to start smoking themselves earlier in life.

What about electronic cigarettes? According to the CDC, even though their aerosol typically contains fewer harmful substances than cigarette smoke, nicotine-containing e-cigarettes aren’t safe to use while pregnant. Nicotine alone poses a health risk to expectant mothers and unborn children. It can also damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs.

Don’ts for the First Trimester

  • Do not take any self-medication as there could be a health-risk for the mother and child.
  • Do not consume any junk foods as they lead to an increased risk of gestational diabetes since they are high in sugar and calorific content.
  • Smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption should be avoided. If you’re pregnant, whatever you put into your body reaches your baby too. Smoking, drinking alcohol or drugs may be detrimental to your baby’s growth, development and health, so it’s important for you to change your habits.
  • Do not consume street foods to avoid gastrointestinal
  • In first trimester, there is no need to add any extra diet.
  • Do not consume raw papaya and raw pineapple.
  • Avoid foods with preservatives and pesticides.
  • Avoid dehydration and stress.
  • Avoid over exertion and aggressive exercises.
  • Prevent weight gain till 16 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Do not consume foods that lead to constipation.
  • Don’t get into the sauna or steam room or overheat in the bath.
  • Expecting TODAY: Do’s And Don’ts For Pregnant Women | TODAY

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