Friday, May 28, 2010

The Cans and Can'ts of Pregnancy

{the hubs and I on a lovely hike ~ 6 mos preggo}

I swear, as soon as you see those two pink lines, immediate worry and paranoia seem to take up permanent residence in your mind. It's not just about you anymore, and your body is now responsible for growing a little human. Wow, talk about pressure huh?!

Luckily, our body's capabilities are nothing short of miraculous. While it is more important than ever to take care of your body now, I'm here to help you realize that the list of "can'ts" while you're pregnant isn't quite as long as you might think.


- As far as eating goes: obviously, drugs and alcohol are a no go. You should also keep caffeine intake to a minimum and avoid sushi, deli meats (unless they're heated through), soft cheeses, and certain types of fish (mercury levels too high).

- You can't take most over the counter medications. Always check with your doctor before taking anything, especially during the first trimester.

- You can't overexert yourself during exercise. Remember, don't work so hard that you are breathless. Oh, and no contact sports of course.

- You can't lift heavy objects. You may feel silly, but let other people do the lifting for you.

- You can't paint. Be careful and avoid strong chemicals...even some cleaning products. "Sorry, honey. I really shouldn't be scrubbing the bathroom and inhaling the fumes."

-You can't get a period. Hallelujiah!

-And last, but not least, you can't see your feet :)

Now for the CANS:

- You can and should exercise. But you already know how I feel about that.

- You can eat healthy. Yes, technically you are eating for two, but remember that second person is the size of a grapefruit right now. Also, there's a big difference between dieting and eating healthy. Please, don't diet while you're pregnant.

-You can use pregnancy as an excuse for all sorts of fun things: going to bed early, crying at the drop of a hat, your newfound pant size, wearing the same 2 outfits over and over, using your belly as a shelf, the list could go on and on...

- You can enjoy your changing body. Growing a baby is unlike anything else in this whole world, enjoy every moment. Even the swelling and backaches. They won't last forever, and when they're gone, you'll miss the feeling you had while you were pregnant.

The best advice I can give you is to relax, be smart (just use common sense), and enjoy the preggo journey! If you have questions about specific worries, ask your doc, even if it is just to put your mind at ease!

What is the most common "can't" that you always hear??



  1. Good post. It's nice to remember all the CANS of pregnancy!

    I heard a lot of people say they couldn't exercise when they were pregnant because you're not supposed to start anything new when you get pregnant. Not so, friends. In fact, it is good to start exercising even if you never have before! I think our pregnant bodies can handle a lot more than we give them credit for.

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