Giving up all your bad habits is the key to a perfect mother. Pregnancy is one of the most crucial periods in a woman’s life and it’s really important to follow a good lifestyle in those 10 months as the health of the baby greatly depends upon the mother’s acts and behaviour.
Getting rid of some bad habits and poor lifestyle choices is the first step to become a perfect mother. Since every aspect of the baby from its food to growth and development depends on what the mother does and eats, it’s really important to switch over to a healthier lifestyle to avoid any risks with the baby’s health and development. So here are sixteen of the worst habits that pregnant women should stay away from completely during pregnancy:
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Watching TV during meals
Pregnant women who have the habit of watching TV while eating may continue it while they are feeding their child. Initial breastfeed is the most important nutrient, that your child is getting. That should be given with utmost care so as to avoid choking, developing an ear infection (due to placing the baby in a wrong position while feeding.), vomiting etc.
A study conducted by the Pediatric Academic Society of Vancouver suggests that watching TV while feeding your child can pose a risk of childhood obesity for the baby later on in life. This accounts for a poor quality diet and there is also a greater possibility of the mother missing out the cues indicating the baby is full. Other studies also suggest that this habit is also linked to overeating, eating junk food and also an unhealthy lifestyle too.
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Eating red meat too often
Red meat is to be kept away from pregnant women. According to a commentary published in a journal- Evidence based Nursing by Phillipa Middleton, gestational diabetes was seen more in women who consume more of red meat. This in turn leads to child’s obesity. The cause of this is the excess fat and additives present in red meat. So if you must consume red meat, make sure you eat in moderation and if possible try avoiding it for a while.
Gaining too much or too little weight
According to a new research, mothers who put on a lot of weight during pregnancy may affect the energy balance mechanisms like appetite control in their baby and these kids have a higher risk of obesity. Being too much fat during the third trimester makes it all the more difficult for delivery.
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On the other hand, not gaining enough weight can also lead to children being obese. Having too little food does not give the right amount of nutrients and protein required for your growing child. Pregnancy is a time when one feels lethargic and tired almost all the time. So if food is not consumed in right quantity will lead to ailments which will affect the child. Apart from that you must continue with light and simple pregnancy exercises and yoga to stay fit during this time.