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Things to Avoid
  • Do not smoke -- Smoking raises your risk for miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and many other problems.
  • Do not use drugs -- Cocaine, heroin and marijuana increase your risk of miscarriage, premature birth and birth defects. And your baby could be born addicted to the drug you have been using.
  • Do not drink alcohol -- Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is the major cause of preventable birth defects, including mental slowness.
  • Do not clean your cat's litter box, or eat raw or undercooked red meat --You could get toxoplasmosis, a disease that can cause birth defects.
  • Do not sit in the sauna or hot tub -- This raises your risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
  • Do not douche --Douching could force air into the vagina, which can cause an air embolism.

Last Updated: 10/25/2013