Pregnancy: Are You Taking Unnecessary Risks?

pregnant woman in a chairPerhaps you like to go out on the town. Maybe you have a house full of cats. Does your history include some things in it you’d rather forget, such as trying drugs or smoking? Is a caffeinated beverage always in your hand? And now, you’re pregnant.

With pregnancy, there are many changes that occur. Of course, there is the obvious weight gain with the development of a fetus. There are also the changes that will occur emotionally as your feelings and dreams may change as your child grows.

All of this may make you take a look at the previous and present actions in your life that will now not only affect you, but will affect your baby. The moment you find out you are expecting, it is important you stop and take stock of your life. Consider how your actions may impact this new life.

If you’ve been a girl that likes to go out on the town with your friends, be sure to consider the risks that you are now creating for your child. First of all, you should eliminate any consumption of alcoholic beverages. Drinking during pregnancy may cause your child to be born with a condition called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAE), a disorder characterized by both behavioral and developmental conditions. Additionally, if you are going out, consider the atmosphere you are exposing your unborn child to. Will people be smoking? Are there any other environmental conditions that may provide ill effects upon a developing child?

Maybe you are the kind of person who would rather stay at home and curl up with a good book and your friendly feline. Now that you are pregnant, do you know the risk factors that are associated with having a cat(s) in your household? Cats may be carriers of a disease called toxoplasmosis. However, before you decide that you now have to get rid of your furry companions, don’t react too quickly. Chances are that if you have been living with your cats for a period of time, you and your baby will be just fine. To be safe, simply wear disposable gloves when changing the cat litter (or have someone do it for you), and wash your hands after interacting with your cats.

Finally, if you have tried drugs in the past or are a current user, the time to stop, talk, and get help for any type of addiction (whether it be with over the counter, prescription, or illegal drugs) is now. Don’t wait another day into your pregnancy.

Remember, pregnancy is temporary, but the decisions you make during pregnancy may have a long lasting effect. Many things are just not worth the risk.

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Pregnancy: Are You Taking Unnecessary Risks?

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  1. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    none of the above…………………

  2. Profile photo of AmyC AmyC says:

    My husband has been in charge of the cat litter since we found out we were expecting. Which is good since I can’t bend down very well anymore.

  3. Profile photo of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I don’t go near the litter box, someone else changes it and I don’t drink and I stopped smoking…

  4. Profile photo of Angelwings Angelwings says:

    as long as I can still bend over I change the litter out myself. That way I know its being done right. 🙂 I love my cat, no way in life would I let her go.

  5. Profile photo of ErinF ErinF says:

    I’ve had people bug me about turning over cat litter duties to my husband, but really, I figure that if I were to contract toxoplasmosis, it would have happened by now. We had several indoor-outdoor cats growing up, and I played with farmer neighbors’ barn cats and ran barefoot outside all the time. My current cats are seniors and have been exclusively indoors for at least a decade, so my chances of a new infection now (if I somehow managed to avoid exposure in 20 years of country living, plus another 10+ of city life with lots of contact with the kitties) are pretty low. I do wear gloves to clean the boxes now, but I’m not going to let the task go undone (my husband will do it maybe every other day if left to it himself, and even if toxoplasmosis is present, the best time to dispose of infected feces is within the day, before anything hatches). While there are some behaviors, like drinking and smoking, that are unnecessarily risky, we can drive ourselves crazy trying to avoid everything.

  6. Profile photo of TiffAndHarry TiffAndHarry says:

    Seems like common sense, I do love cats but will be waiting to get any pets for a while. I’m expecting the new baby to keep me pretty busy 🙂

  7. Profile photo of sej518 sej518 says:

    I know a lot of young moms who aren’t necessarily planning on getting pregnant freak out after they find out they are pregnant because they had been drinking or smoking cigarettes or whatever else the month or so before they knew; I was definitely one of those. My OB told me not to worry as long as I did not continue after I found out and that most women come in with this concern.

  8. I don’t do any of this.

  9. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    This is a good article with great information. Before I was pregnant with my 1st I made sure that I got all the partying and drinking out of the way, so when I was pregnant with my 1st I enjoyed every minute of being pregnant and now with my 3rd pregnancy I am enjoying it even more.

  10. Profile photo of DH DH says:

    I quit almost everything I did before they minute i found out I was pregnant. Pretty much common sense to me.

  11. Profile photo of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Very good to know!

  12. I dislike it when I see pregnant women doing harmful things that could put their baby in danger!

  13. Profile photo of Bhumphr6 Bhumphr6 says:

    I have had two miscarriages in the past It is not worth it take an unnecessary risks.

  14. Profile photo of dorisea dorisea says:

    this article is so true i do agree

  15. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    its time to settle down when you find out your pregnant be a mom not a child if you ask me i wanna know how people can take theese chances with their unborn children


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