pregnancy you have to take special care to ensure the safety
of your baby. There are many things that cause a harmful effect
on your baby's health about which you should be aware of.
The following is a guide to some risks thought to affect conception,
pregnancy and lactation.
Excessive levels of vitamin A are associated with birth defects
including cleft palate and heart malformation. Do not take
a vitamin A supplement during pregnancy and if you are taking
a multi-vitamin, check that it does not contain vitamin A.
Also, avoid cod liver oil supplements as they contain Vitamin
A. Also avoid anti-ageing creams/acne treatments containing
retinol, a form of vitamin A.
The following list of drugs and medicines
are thought to be high-risk:
and other anti-coagulants
for measles, rubella and yellow fever
X-rays should be avoided, including dental x-rays, as they
can damage the foetus.
Exposure to lead when you are pregnant may cause brain damage
or affect the nerve development of your baby. Lead is also
thought to affect your baby's intellectual development and
cause behavioural problems and illnesses in children. It is
also linked to miscarriage, premature delivery and low birth
weight and stillbirth. Sources of lead include petrol fumes,
lead-based paint and busy highways.
High stress levels have been linked to difficulties conceiving,
hormonal imbalance and miscarriage. Stress is also known to
stall the progression of labour by inhibiting the release
of oxytocin. If left untreated, it can manifest as physical,
emotional and mental conditions. It is thought to be the largest
cause of illness in western society.
Essential Oils Some essential oils used in aromatherapy treatment
have the ability to bring on menstrual bleeding and therefore
are considered unsafe during pregnancy. Research indicates
that neroli (orange blossom flower) and mandarin are the two
oils most beneficial and safe to use throughout pregnancy.
Lavender is considered safe for use after the first trimester.
Antiperspirants and Deodorants:
Many women become concerned about the use of antiperspirants
and deodorants during pregnancy. Use only aluminium-free deodorants
as it is safe and will not cause any damage to your baby