When you barely feel like you can look after yourself, it can be scary to know how to protect an actual baby growing inside you. Let’s make it easier with these top rules on pregnancy.
Cut down on alcoholThe current guidance is that you should avoid any alcohol at all for the first three months of pregnancy, after that the guidance recommends a maximum of one to two units per week. ‘Binge drinking and drinking more than one or two units (1 small glass of wine = 1.5 units) of alcohol per week may increase the risk of the baby developing fetal alcohol syndrome as the alcohol crosses the placenta and affects the baby's development,’ says Philippa.
Quit smokingThe obvious one – here’s why – ‘Smoking is unhealthy whether or not you are pregnant, but during pregnancy it’ll also have an affect on your baby’s development,’ says GP Philippa Kaye. ‘It’s recommended that you stop smoking and your doctor or midwife will be able to give you help and support to do so.’ If you’re trying to conceive or have just got pregnant and need to give up cigarettes, we’ve got tall the advice you need.
The food rulesThe Department of Health advise pregnant women to avoid undercooked meats, like pâté and rare steak, as it could contain listeria, which may cause an infection and harm your baby.
‘You should avoid liver or liver products as these contain large amount of vitamin A,’ says Philippa. Don't have too much of certain fish like tuna, but sushi should be fine, just make sure it’s frozen first.