In many ways, pregnancy is a time when we cannot sin. If we sin it can mean that we risk not only our own health, but also that of the being that is growing in our belly. No mother wants her child to be ill and so she avoids everything that could harm him as much as possible.
The classic case is the cigarette. As soon as they become aware of the pregnancy, almost all women stop smoking because everyone knows that cigarettes contain dozens of carcinogens. Even secondhand smoke is avoided by the vast majority, since the more than 4000 harmful substances can influence the growth of the fetus or increase the chance of it dying. And the cases, in which this information is less well disseminated?
Especially in the case of drinking during pregnancy, the situation is less obvious. So what should you avoid? Let’s start with the most inevitable liquid in our life – water. The ideal option would be mineral water because it is typically free of any chemical substance that can interfere with our body.
If you usually drink only water bought in a bottle or bottle, you can rest easy and continue to drink, as it is usually risk-free. If you consume tap water, pay attention. In principle, you are in the happy situation that your tap water is drinkable, which is not the case in every country, but even so it is necessary to change your habit during pregnancy. This water is generally treated as chlorine for human consumption.
That is where the danger to the fetus lives. What our body can absorb is not valid for the baby still in the belly. Chloride can cause serious damage to development and even lead to miscarriage.
The second most consumed drink by Brazilians is coffee. How could it be different in a country that is among the largest producers in the world . You know what I’m talking about: there’s nothing better than coffee in the morning, right? In fact, this coffee in itself is not the problem.
The harmful substance is caffeine when consumed in excess. This information is well known, after all it was our parents who taught us. But how do you define excess coffee for a pregnant woman? Fortunately, there are already studies that indicate a maximum amount of 200mg of caffeine per day that the pregnant woman and the fetus can handle without any major problems.
This is equivalent to 2 cups of 200-240ml per day. Having seen this upper limit, only 9% of those interviewed in our poll exceeded it. But the case is not that simple because caffeine awaits us at other times of the day too.
It is enough for the 16% of women who consume 2 cups a day during pregnancy to drink a Coke or Guarana or to eat chocolate and easily exceed the recommended limit. Therefore, it is advisable to reduce consumption to a cup to avoid the possibility of excessive consumption.
We will stay in the hot drinks that require extra care. This time, the case may be cause for confusion or at the very least headache. How can a drink that is popularly known as a friend of us trying to get pregnant be banned after fertilization?
But it is the truth about green tea and also its cousin black tea . These villains of pregnancy cause the production of folic acid to be inhibited. So escape from them! As folic acid is perhaps the most important substance at this stage for mother and baby, there is no way to continue consuming it.
Pleasure has to wait until after birth or better after breastfeeding. 63% of our interviewees were already aware of this fact. But 37% would be at risk of consuming the drinks during pregnancy and thereby hamper the pregnancy itself.
The next case of drinking in pregnancy is the subject of a scientific fight on the one hand and a controversial issue among women. It is not that you can consume alcohol at will during pregnancy .
After all, it is a universal knowledge that too much alcohol is not good for anyone. The fight is concentrated in another area. A beer every now and then is really bad for my son? Some scientists say it was not because they have not been able to prove the negative effect in studies, others perceive a tendency for those who were born more premature and a slowdown in the growth of the brains and other organs.
It is known that alcohol passes through the placenta and the baby’s liver where it can be metabolized with only half the speed of the mother’s liver. At the end of the day it seems to be a decision of each pregnant woman what she thinks is the limit.
71% of our interviewees are categorically opposed to alcohol consumption during pregnancy. Only 6% consume more than once a week and 23% believe that once a month or once a week does not harm the baby.
A more delicate case are products that appear to be beneficial for health – the so-called light or diet . This observation applies not only to drinks such as zero soft drinks, but also to food. While they promise to be less caloric and prevent you from gaining weight, there are harmful substances that harm the pregnant woman and her fetus.
The problem is mainly in artificial sweeteners that try to return the sweet taste that the consumer cannot naturally have for the sugar because she does not want to put on weight.
These substances can lead to malformation of the fetus and should, where possible, be avoided. Unfortunately, this information is still not widespread among pregnant women. 20% of the interviewees even believe that these products are beneficial for health, perhaps thinking about the weight that has increased the most.
Even the 37% who believe that light and diet products are indifferent to the baby’s health are mistaken. Only 43% actually know that they are harmful and that food and drinks with them need to be avoided during pregnancy.
Taking advantage of the space, I want to leave a tip for pregnant women: do you want to improve the pleasure of sex during the gestational phase? Use water-based lubricating gels that play the role of cervical mucus and still control vaginal pH, reducing the chances of proliferation of fungi and bacteria responsible for infections. Famivita has developed the perfect lubricant for pregnant women and pregnant women, the FamiGel . You can buy it here in our online store.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.