5 Pregnancy Rules That Have Changed Over 10 Years

Ten years ago does not sound like it was a long time ago, because in some ways 2009 feels like yesterday. However, you would be surprised about how quickly things can change in 10 years other than general technology. You would think that pregnancy rules from 10 years ago would not be much different as they would be today, but there are some differences that you would be surprised to learn about. Let’s look at the 5 pregnancy rules that are in place today that did not apply 10 years ago.

The Consumption Of Artificial Sweeteners Are Advised Against Today During Pregnancy But Were Not Back Then – That is right. Pregnant women were not told to stay away from artificial sweeteners 10 years ago, however, today it is a known fact that they should not be consumed at all. Not enough research was done to discover the harm in taking in artificial sweeteners back then, but today it is advised against because it is quite bad for the unborn baby.

Moms Did Not Have The Right To Refuse Anything In Their Prenatal Care Like They Do Now – Back 10 years ago, whatever pregnant moms were told to do during the prenatal check-ups they had to abide by. For instance, it was mandatory back then for pregnant women to take the glucose tolerance test even if their blood sugar was always in the normal range. However, nowadays, if there is no concern about blood sugar levels at all, and if no glucose has been spotted in urine samples, then the pregnant women can refuse to have that test done because if everything checks out otherwise – then it is not necessary for her to go through that.

Smoking Mom-to-be’s Were Expected To Quit Cold Turkey Back Then – The pregnancy rule still applies that smoking is a no-no. It was found decades ago that smoking is bad for the unborn baby and nothing has changed that study. However, the one difference is that if a woman finds out that she is pregnant and she has been a smoker, she does not have to go off cold turkey. She will work with her doctor instead to wean herself off. The fetus will not be affected by the smoke until the second trimester, and this way, the new mom-to-be has time to wean herself off of smokes instead of having to go off of it right away. That will only create more stress for the mom which is bad for the baby! And stress being bad for the baby has been a known fact for over a century which is exactly why smoking was recommended back then during pregnancy until it was found to be harmful.

Pregnant Women Did Not Drink Coffee Because They Were Told Not To – Back 10 years ago, pregnant women were told to stay off of the caffeine because it was not safe at all for the unborn baby. However, even though that is still true, it has also been found that it is quite safe to consume up to 200 mg of caffeine a day. Under 200 mg of caffeine will not cross the placenta, and that means one 12 oz cup of coffee can be enjoyed by pregnant moms each morning. However, if chocolate is in the plan to be consumed, then it is better to get a cup of coffee that is more like 8 oz instead. Remember, coffee is not the only source of caffeine. But it is not a good idea to drink energy drinks either.

Hair Care Was Off-Limits – Back a decade ago, pregnant women were not allowed to get their hair dyed at all because it was believed that the chemicals were not safe for the baby and would be seeped into the skin. However, it has been found that it is quite alright to have your hair dyed because the chemicals will not seep through your skin as it was once believed. Besides, you can also get chemical-free and natural dyes to work with. If your hairdresser does not offer those dyes, you can always buy them yourself and give it to your hairdresser to use if you feel safer by doing this. If this surprises you that the rules are different today from how they were 10 years ago, then this is nothing because there are plenty of other pregnancy rules that are different as well which will be discussed at another time. However, this just shows you right there how quickly things can change in a short period of time.

Updated: April 10, 2019 — 10:26 am

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