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Common Mistakes Made During Pregnancy

Published on May 29, 2017 and last reviewed on Dec 13, 2021   -  4 min read


Pregnancy is all about the happiness and joy of being a mother. Once you find out that you are pregnant, your world changes completely, and you will be confused about what to do and what not to do. Here, I have discussed the common mistakes made during pregnancy.

Common Mistakes Made During Pregnancy


Pregnancy is one stage where you are happy, excited, and elated to know there is a little life growing inside you. Initially, you will be really confused about all the stuff, whether it is safe to do in pregnancy or not. Most of the moms-to-be go through this phase. The best way to find out is to consult your doctor. Apart from that, here is a little write-up to help you out before coming to a conclusion.

What Mistakes Do Pregnant Women Commonly Make?

These are some most common mistakes made during pregnancy.

No Exercise

Here comes the most common confusion amongst pregnant women, whether to exercise or not. Some are couch potatoes who do not exercise at all. Not to exercise during pregnancy is just a myth. You should start exercising from the initial days itself, as it will keep you and your baby healthy. It will also help you avoid gaining too much weight during pregnancy. That does not mean you should do strenuous exercise, which can be harmful to you both. So, better hire a fitness expert and start doing it, or you can stick to light exercises.

Reluctant to Take Medical Help or Medication

I have seen many cases where people just come to the hospital to deliver the baby. They would have never consulted during the entire course of pregnancy. Some are even reluctant or negligent in taking medications on time. Some just self-medicate themselves with over-the-counter medicines, which are easily available in the pharmacy. This can turn out to be dangerous for both of you. So, going for timely checkups and scans will give a healthy bundle of joy in your hands.

Eating Excessively

Many families encourage the pregnant woman to eat double the normal food she takes. That is a big no. Eating double is unnecessary and leads to excessive weight gain. It can even harm your baby as your baby just needs 300 calories. So, eating the right amount of food, both vegetables, and fruits, will avoid excessive weight gain and keep you and your baby healthy.

Insomnia or Lack of Sleep

Having 8 to 10 hours of sleep is a must during pregnancy, as it will relax you and keep you stress-free. Lack of sleep or insomnia might lead to many unnecessary diseases like diabetes, irregular heartbeats, etc. It will even stress you more, which will lead to psychological problems. So relax, be calm, and have a very good sleep.

Sleeping Too Much

Unless bed rest is advised to you during pregnancy due to certain complications, you should not sleep too much while pregnant. Sleeping too much is not good during pregnancy. Oversleeping will make you lethargic and lazy. Being active is always good for both the mother and baby. Hence try to have a sound sleep of at least 8 to 10 hours and force yourself to get out of your bed after that.


Stress is a big no during pregnancy. The more you stress, the more it will affect your baby indirectly. If something bothers you, just calm down, meditate or just drink a glass of water and take a nap. That will definitely calm you down. Talking to your baby bump will also calm you down. You can also give a call to your friends or call them over to have a relaxing conversation. Do not dump feelings within you. Try opening up to someone you trust. This, too, will lighten your emotions. You can also listen to your favorite music or go for a small walk. If possible, try to adopt pets. They can give you only happiness.

Watching Horror Movies

If you usually watch horror movies without getting scared or the visual and sound effects of horror movies seldom frighten you, you can continue watching such movies during your pregnancy. But if you are watching it for the first time or you easily get stressed or scared of such movies, then please avoid watching scary movies. Not only scary movies but also avoid watching movies with negativity. This is because the thoughts you get and feelings you have after such movies will affect your baby within.

Skipping Other Major Life Activities

The pregnancy phase of life definitely requires more attention and care. But that does not mandate sacrificing other major activities of your life such as your career, business, studies, talking to your friends, and activities that mentally relieve you, such as creative hobbies. Pregnancy is a part of your life, and that should not compromise your other life activities until you and the growing baby are healthy. The more you sacrifice your life activities and network, the less happy you will be. Make every effort to stay happy and continue to do what you have been doing (if the work does not physically strain you).

Being Self-Conscious Too Much

Your excitement and care for your baby will make you way more self-conscious than necessary. Your over self-consciousness increases your stress levels unknowingly. This, in turn, reflects on your baby. Please do not worry about the baby growing inside. Take care of your baby by taking care of yourself. Have nutritious food, prescribed medicines, practice mild exercises or yoga, talk to your near and dear ones and stay happy. Your baby will automatically grow and get delivered healthily.


Usually, the first-time moms-to-be more commonly commit these mistakes due to the widely prevalent societal myths on pregnancy. It is high time you break these misleading thoughts, change, and educate more people on health and care during pregnancy.

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