When you're pregnant it can feel like there's a long, never-ending list of things you can't do. That list is daunting, confusing, and seems to change from pregnancy to pregnancy or depending on who you talk to. In other words, it can be hard to know exactly what you are, and more importantly are not, supposed to do while pregnant. When the don'ts" often includes seemingly innocuous things, like eating runny eggs and getting pedicures, knowing what a pregnant woman should never do isn't as black and white as one would assume. Thankfully, there are more than a few experts out there can help soon-to-be moms navigate the dos and don'ts of pregnancy.
While I’m generally in the camp of minding my own business about what other people do and don’t do during their pregnancies (or anytime, really), some pregnancy rules are pretty important and should be followed. For example, and according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) one of the most important ways to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby is by getting regular prenatal care. You also should definitely not skip recommended tests, like the gestational diabetes screening, even if it means you have to hold your nose to down that super-gross glucose drink. As BabyCenter notes, gestational diabetes can be serious, potentially leading to preterm labor and health problems for your baby, but treatments are available if you are diagnosed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that women not take or stop taking medications while pregnant without taking to their doctor first, even if they are available over-the-counter. So, again, it's vital that you are seen regularly and discuss your ongoing health and wellness with a licensed medical professional.
Should we be policing pregnant people's bodies? No, we should not, especially if we're not their health care providers. But if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, you might want to take a look at this list of expert recommendations for definite "don'ts" during pregnancy.