Carpe Diem! 10 Things You Should Do Before You Get Pregnant

Life as a pregnant woman has some restrictions, so enjoy these ten "should nots" now!


No sushi? No brie? No fun! Actually (and thankfully!) research has cleared up a lot of myths surrounding all the things pregnant women shouldn’t do. Still, there are some fun things that are best avoided once you have a positive pregnancy test. So why not get a few of them in beforehand, like…

1. Big rollercoasters. Many experts say that the rapid, jarring motions of a rollercoaster are risky, and most amusement parks advise expectant moms to avoid them. Get your adrenaline fix now!

2. Hot tubs and saunas. Basking in the warmth sure feels great, but very high temperatures are dangerous for a growing baby – they’ve been linked to miscarriage and neural tube defects. So before you get pregnant, go ahead and soak up the heat as much as you please.

3. Hot yoga. Mamas in their first trimester should avoid hot (Bikram) yoga for the same reason as they should avoid hot tubs and saunas. Now’s the time to stretch and sweat with abandon.

4. (Lots of) raw sushi. Once you’re pregnant, a little raw fish (sashimi) is totally acceptable if it’s fresh and comes from a reputable source. But high mercury fish like albacore tuna, swordfish, mackerel and shark is not recommended at all for pregnant women. If you’re not pregnant, feel free to indulge in your raw sushi addiction a little longer (within reason, of course).

5. Skiing. Sports that require balance are likely to be tough for pregnant women, because the body’s center of gravity and weight distribution are constantly shifting. This makes skiing itself a lot harder and dangerous falls more likely. Hit the slopes now while you’ve got your balance and energy (and take full advantage of the après ski)!

6. Jet setting. While air travel is generally fine for most of pregnancy, the truth is that flying with a big belly can be just plain uncomfortable! Between having to get up to pee so often and having so little room to stretch and change positions, you’d be wise to take that faraway vacation you’ve been dreaming of now, before a belly or a baby makes the journey a little bit less relaxing.

7. Scuba diving. Since you’re on that dream vacation, why not try scuba diving? Expectant women are generally advised to avoid diving, due to the risk of decompression illness in themselves and their unborn babies.

8. Sleep, glorious sleep. Almost everyone loves sleep, but in reality, we almost all neglect it. Despite their best efforts, at some point most pregnant women are stuck with insomnia or midnight (and 3am and 5am) trips to the bathroom. Make a point of enjoying blissful, uninterrupted sleep while you still can!

9. Major painting projects. Okay, home renos aren’t everyone’s idea of fun, but pregnant gals with a DIY streak should avoid projects involving VOC-heavy paints, or those where lead-based paint is being sanded or solvents are being used. Work on these projects before you’re pregnant – you’ll probably have more energy for them these days anyway.

10. Tequila shots, beer bongs, etc. Your prenatal care provider may advise you that an occasional glass of wine or beer is okay during pregnancy, but anything that involves the rapid and heavy consumption of alcohol is definitely out of the question. So you know that drinking game everyone plays while watching The Bachelor? Feel free to have an amazing time playing along now.

Life as a pregnant woman isn’t as restricted as society makes it out to be – but it is a little less carefree. So seize the day and enjoy life as a pre-pregnant woman to the fullest!

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