As a pregnant woman with life brewing within you, it stands to reason that this is undoubtedly one of the most vulnerable periods you’ll ever experience. Even the slightest exposure to a harmful environmental experience can have many detrimental effects on your little one so to help you out, we’ve made a list of lesser common things you need to watch out for during this pregnancy.

Massage Therapy

If you’re a woman who needs therapeutic techniques to get rid of those knots of stress, you might want to go easy on the massage therapy. In general, massage therapy and other methods like acupuncture are deemed safe to conduct on a pregnant lady but there are a few exceptions! One is that you should avoid having your abdomen massaged during those first 3 months of pregnancy and if by any chance, you do schedule yourself for acupuncture, make sure to inform your acupuncturist first since there are points that can’t be used safely during this period.

Tight Clothing

There are many misconceptions that tight clothing can bring about problems to your unborn baby but the reality is that it causes a world of discomfort for the mommas. There are many women who squeeze figure hugging clothing to flaunt their fuller figure with pride but this can drastically reduce your circulation, takes its toll on your posture and thus, give way to several aches and pains. Invest in some loose-fitting maternity clothes for good measure.


While wanting to be a fit mom is a great goal, it doesn’t mean that all forms of exercise are safe for you and the baby. First things first, get the all go from your doctor to make sure that there are no complications or health problems that would be aggravated by exercising. You should then be able to assign at least 30 minutes of your day to moderate exercise like walking or even swimming.

Fake Tan

During pregnancy, your hormones are just raging. This means even the slightest contact with a stimulus can bring about an allergic reaction if you’re unlucky. A common ingredient used in fake tans is dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is a non-toxic substance that would usually be harmless to the body but to some may trigger a reaction due to their skin being far more sensitive than usual. It’s also worth mentioning that tanning pills or injections are a definite no as they contain chemicals that are extremely harmful to your body during this period.

Cleaning Products

Detergents too contain many chemicals that would be harmful for you to inhale or come into contact with so you’ll want to check the labels of the products you’re buying to see if it’s suitable for pregnant women to use and to be on the safer side- also make sure the house is properly ventilated with open doors or windows when you do use it.

While it goes without saying that certain foods too are to be avoided, this list is for other lesser talked about items and experiences you might find yourself doing during this period. Remember, if you have any doubts, always clarify with your doctor.