Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman's life. To make it smooth sailing, following are some Do's of Pregnancy, which will not only make a positive impact on you and your unborn baby during this phase of your life but will also help you manage your pregnancy better :

1. Get moving:

Being active throughout your pregnancy by way of regular walks, stretching and breathing will keep you fit, energized, prevent your muscles from being tight and make you feel relaxed.

2. Drink enough water:

Your baby is in a body of water. You need to maintain this level. Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water plus another 2 -3 glasses of other fluids like buttermilk, coconut water, fresh lime juice. Avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks. Water will also keep you hydrated, prevent constipation and bladder infections and keep your skin supple.

3. Eat healthy:

It's important that you consume a variety of fruits, vegetables, pulses, nuts and seeds. This will provide you with the essential nutrients for optimum growth of your baby.

4. Join a Childbirth class:

A childbirth class will not only prepare you for what is coming your way but also will be a good way to connect with other pregnant mothers.

5. Get enough sleep:

Your body is working overtime. You need to get enough rest at night and if possible try to catch a short nap in the afternoon. This will help you from feeling fatigued by the end of the day.

6. Start a ritual to connect with your baby:

Breathing, meditation, and visualization techniques will help you connect with your baby. It will help you relax and sleep better.

7. Set limits:

Do not over commit - work-wise or socially. Learn to say No if you are unable to manage. It's important that you slow down if you are feeling pressurized.

8. Make sure health problems are treated and kept under control:

Regular medication and monitoring will help to manage any health issues. It is important to keep a check so as not let it affect your pregnancy.

9. Always wear a seatbelt (even if you are in the back seat of the car):

It is very important to wear a seatbelt so as to avoid any injury to you or your baby. The lap belt should be below your belly and never across. The shoulder belt should be between your breasts and should not cut across your neck.

10. Wash hands:

It is important to wash hands frequently to avoid picking up any infections, illnesses, colds and flu.

11. See your doctor regularly:

Your doctor will monitor your health during pregnancy and the growth of your baby closely. Regular doctor visits will address your physical as well as emotional questions and worries.

12. Continue taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy and get all essential nutrients, including iron, every day.

13. Gain a healthy amount of weight:

gaining the right amount of weight will help you manage your pregnancy better and improve your chances of a smooth delivery.

14. Travel:

Make sure you travel comfortably. Avoid bumpy roads especially in the first trimester.

Following are some DONT's, which are an absolute No-No during pregnancy. Be aware of them and avoid them completely.

1. Don't smoke tobacco

2. Do not take any unprescribed medications

3. Avoid exposure to toxic substances and chemicals

4. Protect yourself and your baby from foodborne illnesses

5. Don't drink alcohol

6. Don't clean or change a cat's litter box

7. Avoid contact with rodents and with their urine, droppings, or nesting material.

8. Don't eat swordfish, king mackerel, shark, and tilefish

9. Don't take very hot baths or use hot tubs or saunas

10. Don't use illegal drugs

11. Don't use scented feminine hygiene products.

12. Don't douche

13. Avoid x-rays.

14. Avoid lifting heavy objects / shopping bags.

Seema Kazi Rangnekar
Team – Baby360degrees




Read More
Pregnancy Must-Know

Leave a Comment

Comments (32)

Pooja Singh

i am a house wife so whenever i get free time i use my mobile phone. would it harm me and my baby? And what does douche means?

Macdalin Suresh Andrew

yes.. same doubt fr me? answer plz..


yes.same doubt frm me..pls ans

Alisha Arora

same doubt to me also... 

Rhituparna Mitra

Seema Kazi Rangnekar Could you please respond to this?

Rhituparna Mitra

pooja singh douche means having a shower :-)

Reshma Nagrani

Great article...
please can u elaborate what are foodborne illnesses?? Also i try not to bend but there are many occasions where i hav to bend ..will it harm my baby ???

Pooja Singh

i do household cleaning, i dont know which are illegal drugs,

priyanka .

I wish I knew this before

Nancy Gaurav Agarwal

Is it okay to sometime lift my sister's daughter 1.5yr old.. I m 4months pregnant or shall I avoid?


Douche means spraying of water near your private areas...

Gricel Roberts

This is so well written.

Ekta Daniel

I wish I knew this before

Debasish Patnaik

This is so well written.


This is so well written.


If u have to bend for any reason ... Let Ur legs not be straight. Bend them too ll reduce pressure on Ur tummy. Better to sit n do the same work like using Indian toilet

Arju Ara Ahmed

I wish I knew this before

Neha Gupta

Nancy Gaurav Agarwal no you are not allowed to lift a baby :) you have to avoid this for your own baby


I wish I knew this before



Dr. Muntarin Tumpa

This is so well written.

Prats Prats

This is just in time

Dhiraj Dubey

nice tips..
thank you

Ritu V

This is exactly what I was looking for.

Jyoti Rudani Golakia

This is just in time


This is exactly what I was looking for.


Can we ride bike during pregnancy

Prity Upadhyay

I m a working women I have to use my cell phone everytime. Does it will effect my baby?

Dinesh Pathania

My wife feeling pain in right side lower back , right side belly n right thigh kindly help regarding this

Himakshi mazumdar

Hi I am from assam

Recommended Articles