Breaking All the Pregnancy Rules (Or at Least 10 of Them)Lauren Hartmann
10 Pregnancy Rules I’ve Broken So Far
1. Do all the blood tests
I didn’t take any until 28 weeks and only then because I have a history of pregnancy anemia and my midwife wanted to know my levels to be sure. I did end up having anemia, so it was good to know so I could start working on getting my numbers up.
2. Take the glucose test
I didn’t take my glucose test. It made me feel horribly sick during my last pregnancy, so instead I opted to buy a cheap glucometer at the drug store and take my blood sugar levels for a week along with journaling my meals. I actually thought this was much more helpful. My blood sugar levels ended up being slightly on the high side of normal, but nothing worth stressing over, and it helped to see what foods triggered my higher numbers which helps me make better diet choices now.
3. Don’t eat lunch meat, soft serve, runny eggs, soft cheese, or basically anything delicious
4. Don’t drink coffee
5. Don’t touch receipts!
6. Don’t use beauty products with chemicals — stick to all-natural stuff
7. Only sleep on your right side
8. Don’t go in hot tubs
9. Don’t go on a cruise after week 24 of pregnancy
10. Eat a bajillion vegetables
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland, Oregon. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.