Common Sense. That is all it takes to ease your mind when you panic about whether that particular thing can be done while pregnant. Simple but effective.
I know. You want to make sure you don’t eat something or do something that could harm your baby. I get it, I do that too. I am known for searching for things like “Can pregnant women eat chocolate?”. Or, “Can pregnant women swim?”. Sometimes it gets paranoid.
But we are learning and it might be our first pregnancy so we are clueless. So we keep on asking.
The truth is that even doctors don’t agree. My doctor told me he wouldn’t recommend drinking alcohol during pregnancy. However, his teacher in Med School always used the example of some doctors in France that recommended a glass of wine with lunch. Some doctors will suggest you to ran away from coffee and cold cuts. Others might say that there’s nothing really you should be worried about.
The essence, my friend, is in finding balance. Stressing too much is bad, not worrying at all is reckless. These are the two magic words:
The point is that we need to know the basic information and then just try not to think about it too much.
You know your basics. You have read a million blogs and a dozen books, and your mother/sister/friend who was pregnant before told you all about it.
So we know that there is a higher risk of contracting listeria and toxoplasmosis when you are pregnant. Therefore pregnant women are generally advised not to drink unpasteurized milk or to eat cold cuts.
Knowing that, you can make a general assumption that you should look out for pasteurized dairy products and that any meat should be consumed after cooking it well.
We also know that during the first trimester we pregnant women are more tired than usual. We want to nap all the time and we basically spend the day yawning. Common sense tells me that if I am not used to running 5km (before getting pregnant) I am not going to start now. I can barely keep awake! A little exercise is fine, but let’s not overdo it. You are too tired to go for a walk today? That’s just fine too, cause the baby is not going to notice a day that you don’t go for a walk.
Whenever you feel that you are getting stressed out about what you can and cannot do, try to remember those words – use your common sense and do everything in moderation.
Find more ways to get relaxed in our Free Beginner’s Guide to a Stress-Free Pregnancy!
Think of a case where you exaggerated a worry regarding what you can or cannot do. Then try to explain why you think you were dramatizing and what you should have thought/done instead 🙂 I’ll go first!