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Put that down. Don’t touch that. Stop scoffing those. The early days of pregnancy can feel rather like a long list of things you aren’t allowed to eat, drink or do. And we’re afraid you’re pretty much stuck with the list of contraband items until after the birth. But let us at least spin it for you. There is some good news.
During pregnancy, you are absolutely forbidden from clearing out the cat litter, so that delightful job is your partner’s for the foreseeable future. Tell them it’s good practice for nappies. Gardening could also be a risky business, what with all those chemicals in weed killer and potential for bacteria in the soil.
Alcohol is not advised - in fact, best stay away from the bar altogether in case you’re tempted. You can keep the seats warm while someone else fetches your virgin cocktails. Just try to remember, in the grand parenting scheme of things, nine months really isn't that long to go without something --even if it may feel like forever at times--.
Let’s keep it simple:
Smoke or take drugs
Dye hair with caution
Get a well-fitting bra
Protect yourself from the sun
Know which foods to avoid
Cleaning cat litter
OK in moderation
It is well nigh impossible trying to keep up with the list of ALL the things that PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD NOT DO! One minute you are trying to sort the old wives’ tale from hard-nosed medical fact, then the next, oops! you realise you’ve overdosed on tuna again.
Sometimes, common sense is the best yardstick. Think about all those pregnant women in France nibbling away on brie, or those in Japan, who are merrily tucking into sushi by the boatloadk.
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