When I got pregnant with my first, I fully expected my OB to hand me some kind of official tome on what to avoid — a bible of don'ts. But instead, I felt like I was out there in the wild, hunting and pecking for morsels of information. I asked friends who had become mothers before me and I scoured baby forums for guidance. I even emailed my OB a list of cosmetics to get her opinion on their safety profiles. It's stressful! If you're pregnant, here's a helpful list of things you should avoid when you're pregnant, that you'd never expect.
When I look back on my browser search history for when I was pregnant, it's almost comical. Are cough drops ok to take while pregnant? Can you ride a bike while pregnant? How much caffeine is in a Starbucks Chai? Can the foot massage you get during a pedicure cause pre-term labor? And on and on it went. Was I a bit neurotic? Of course! But growing a human being is a freakin' big deal, and it's hard to navigate the uncharted terrain that is pregnancy.
So if you've ever wondered if there were foods and activities to avoid while pregnant that you might be missing, then this list is for you. Here are six things to skip when you have a bun in the oven.