Pregnant women are not kept in secret caves until they give birth. They are still functioning humans who like to socialize and even be invited to parties from time to time. Whether it is a quiet party with a few guests or a loud blowout with hundreds of people, there are some party hazards you need to avoid while you are pregnant.
Drinking, Smoking, and Other Things
The jury is still out on whether or not a glass of wine here and there is good or bad. Stick to the advice you are getting from your own doctor regarding drinking. If you smoke, try to quit or at least cut down as much as possible. If you can, avoid second-hand smoke as well. It should be obvious that all drugs are a bad idea at any stage of your pregnancy, but they are especially a terrible idea in the earliest stages.
Hot Tubs and Swimming Pools
Swimming is great exercise for a pregnant woman. Not only does it take the weight off of the joints, but it can help to relax you, gives you a good but safe cardiovascular workout, and just feels good. Hot tubs, on the other hand, may be a bad idea. Doctors generally don’t advise using them, especially during the first trimester. The heat of the tub can be harmful to a developing fetus. There is also the risk that the hot tub is not being sanitized enough, which can increase the risk of infections. Infections can be dangerous to your baby and will make you feel miserable as well. However, short immersions in clean hot tubs not over 101 degrees may be considered okay. When in doubt, ask your provider.
Wild or Risky Activities
It is perfectly fine to play games unless you are restricted from physical exertion by your doctor. However, games like slip and slide or anything that requires a lot of hopping or jumping or that could cause you pain or increase your risk of injury should be avoided. The hormone Relaxin makes everything nice and pliable, but this sometimes can make it a little easier to injure yourself. During your third trimester, you may also want to avoid anything that involves balance because your body will be off-center at this point.
You can go to as many parties as you like. Socialization is important for pregnant women and keeps you from spending your time worrying about everything that could go wrong. Trust yourself in making decisions that keep you and baby out of harm's way. Unwind, relax, and enjoy music and laughter with friends. Play some games or do other activities, and have a good time.
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