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Common Mistakes Made During Pregnancy

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Common Mistakes Made During Pregnancy

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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.

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Dr. P. C. Pavithra Pattu

Published At May 29, 2017
Reviewed AtOctober 28, 2022


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Are Three Things a Woman Should Avoid During Pregnancy?

A woman should avoid smoking, alcohol consumption, and eating unpasteurized milk during pregnancy. These things commonly cause behavioral, intellectual, or physical disabilities in babies. Anything that poses a risk to the infant should be avoided during pregnancy.


What Are the Most Harmful Things to Perform While Pregnancy?

Any activity with bouncing movements and many jerks that may cause falls should always be avoided. Any sport which may hit the belly, such as boxing, soccer, and skating, should not be performed. Alcohol and stress should be avoided during pregnancy.


What Should A Person Avoid Doing During the First Trimester?

Smoking and alcohol should be strictly avoided. Vigorous weight lifting should not be performed. Sex should be avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy.


Can a Pregnant Woman Bend?

Bending should be avoided during pregnancy as it can create strain on the stomach region. Bending can harm the newborn child inside the Womb of a woman. Bending along with squatting or stooping should always be avoided.


When Does the Stomach Start to Get Hard During Pregnancy?

As the uterus grows and the baby develops, the belly feels firm even during early pregnancy. Hardening occurs mostly due to excessive abdominal muscle stretching. This is generally seen around weeks seven and eight.


What Should Pregnant Woman Stay Away From?

The pregnant woman should stay away from alcohol and smoking. Bending, jerking, and lifting heavy objects should always be avoided. Undercooked or raw fish consumption should be avoided.


What Are Considered the Most Critical Weeks of Pregnancy?

The critical weeks of pregnancy are 0 to 13 weeks which are most crucial to the baby's development. Most birth defects and miscarriage occurs during this period. The body undergoes major changes during the first trimester.


How Do I Know That My Pregnancy Is Going Well?

The most important way to ensure a healthy pregnancy is by maintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels. The signs of a healthy pregnancy are tender and swollen breasts, increased urination, fatigue, heartburn, and constipation. Lower back pain or unusual bleeding can occur in a few pregnancies.


Which Sleeping Position Can Lead To Miscarriage?

Most studies suggest that sleeping on the back carries a risk. Third-trimester pregnancy loss is very rare. There is no such evidence that sleeping on the stomach during the initial weeks of pregnancy causes harm.


Is Cold Water Use Good for Pregnant?

The use of cold water is safe for pregnant women. Pregnancy is usually an extension of the psychological body and not any illness. There is no relevant relationship between drinking cold water during pregnancy with the size of an infant in the Womb.


What if a Pregnant Woman Accidentally Slept on Their Back?

Compressing the back can disrupt blood flow to the baby and leave the person dizzy, nauseated and short of breath. Back sleeping can constrict the aorta, blocking the main blood supply to the placenta and body. After 28 weeks, sleeping on the back can double the risk of stillbirth.


How Much Babies Can Sleep in the Womb?

The baby can sleep about 95 % of the time. Even after feeling hiccuping or moving, the child can sleep peacefully. The infant has an immature brain and feels intimated while sleeping for a long duration.


How Many Hours Are Necessary for a Pregnant Woman to Sleep?

Seven to nine hours of sleep is recommended for pregnant women. It is common to feel exhausted or tired, especially in the first twelve weeks. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make a person tired, emotional, and nauseous.


What Positions Should Not Be Performed During Pregnancy?

The pregnant woman should avoid sleeping on her stomach. It is always best to avoid lying on the back, especially in the late trimester of pregnancy. The weight of the heavy uterus can compress the large blood vessels in the belly. When lying on the side, the knees should be bent slightly, and twisting should be avoided.


Does Sleeping During Pregnancy Helps in the Growth of the Baby?

Some research indicates that a baby's growth occurs when sleeping on the side. Sleeping on the side can decrease the risk of stillbirth by half. At least eight hours of sleep during pregnancy is important for a baby's growth.
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