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8 Outdated Pregnancy Bans you will shock at

Pregnancy Bans: Of course, mothers only want the best for their child and find out what to look out for when pregnant. Often, however, they are even more unsettled afterward, because there is countless advice on the Internet and from friends or family members who want to convince them what they are putting their babies at risk.

The good news for all pregnant women: Most of the do’s and don’ts in pregnancy are out of date and, thanks to recent studies, simply no longer apply.

8 Outdated Pregnancy Bans you will shock at

Pregnant women no longer have to worry about the following 8 pregnancy bans, because they are clearly outdated:

1. Rigid rules in weight gain

Pregnancy Rigid rules in weight gain

The weight gain during pregnancy is meticulously recorded in the maternity record, even today. However, the rigid rules that used to apply to growth are out of date. How much weight women gain during pregnancy today depends primarily on how much they weighed before pregnancy. Nevertheless, it is important to document the weight, because rapid gains and losses can be the first warning signs.

2. Avoid allergens

Avoid allergens in Pregnancy

For a long time, the motto was that potential allergens such as nuts, eggs, strawberries or milk must be avoided by pregnant women so that the baby does not develop allergies. In the meantime, however, it has been proven that this strategy is ineffective and, on the contrary, it is even unhealthy to forego important foods such as milk, as this provides the body with important calcium.


3. Wait to shop

Pregnancy Wait to shop

Buying clothes for the baby or furnishing the nursery at the beginning of pregnancy was considered a bad luck charm for decades and was practically prohibited. Fortunately, that is out of date. Certainly you don’t necessarily have to have the children’s room ready in the first 3 months, but if you fall in love with the cute romper, you can buy it before the 3rd month of pregnancy. In any case, preparations should be started by the middle of pregnancy at the latest. The stroller should also be bought in good time, as some suppliers have long delivery times.

4. Strict meal plans

The good news first: Pregnant women do not have to change their entire diet. However, there are some foods that you should still avoid. Raw meat, raw fish and raw milk cheese are prohibited. And a one-sided diet, such as days of pure rice or a low-salt diet, are not advisable during pregnancy. As a rule of thumb, pregnant women should eat regularly and balanced. In addition, there is no harm in making sure that you consume good quality foods.


5. No consumption of fish

In the past it was often said that pregnant women should avoid eating fish and seafood so that the baby would not suffer from allergies later. Fortunately, however, this ban has proven to be wrong, and today we know that up to two fish meals a week are healthy even during pregnancy. However, pregnant women should pay more attention to which types of fish they are eating, as some have a higher level of pollution.


6. Distance from pets

Pregnancy Distance from pets

In the past, if a cat lives in the household with a pregnant woman, it was advised to give up the animal because a cat could give rise to toxoplasmosis to pregnant women. The good night for all cat owners: The house tiger is allowed to stay, but pregnant women should not clean the litter box. Incidentally, this also applies to rodent cages. And they should also wear gloves when gardening so as not to come into contact with animal droppings.

Even if there was a risk of allergies in the family, experts often advised giving up the pet to protect the baby. Studies have shown, however, that children who have contact with animals and their allergens from the start, later show less allergic reactions.


7. Coffee, tea and cola are taboo

For a long time there was a strict warning against consuming coffee, tea and cola during pregnancy. The caffeine it contains increases the baby’s heartbeat and results in slow growth. In fact, this only applies to really high consumption, but not to women who drink a glass of cola or one or two cups of coffee or tea a day. Pregnant women should avoid using sweeteners, as they can stimulate labor.


8. Frequent visits to the doctor

Pregnancy is not a disease, but just a few years ago it was still common practice for pregnant women to be monitored very closely. Most gynecologists even performed an ultrasound every 4 weeks and ordered many (unnecessary) examinations. Fortunately, that has changed again in the meantime and there is a new serenity for pregnant women. Doctors and midwives even share preventive care. Most health insurance companies also take care of the mere care provided by the midwife – provided that the pregnancy is not at risk.


Even if there are certainly a few restrictions during pregnancy, one should remain calm. And thanks to fewer bans, your head remains free for good thoughts and you can enjoy this wonderful time much more.

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