During pregnancy women are generally on a higher level of alert regarding their health.
They are warned away from certain foods such as:
- seafood high in mercury
- raw, undercooked or contaminated seafood
- undercooked meat, poultry and eggs
- unpasteurized foods
- unwashed fruits and vegetables
- excess caffeine
- herbal tea
They are also warned off drinking alcohol:
The Chief Medical Officers for the UK recommend that if you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all to keep risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink, the greater the risk
They are also advised not to smoke:
Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it’s never too late to quit.
Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. As a result, their heart must beat harder every time you smoke.
When it comes to medicines, the NHS has the following to say: