Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll & How It Affects Your Baby
by Mary Fischer
It's pretty safe to say that most moms-to-be aren't up to partying like rock stars during the long nine months of their pregnancy, but once in a while, a sudden burst of energy may give you the urge to let loose.
And while it's definitely ok to have a little fun, obviously we want to make sure that whatever we do doesn't have any sort of harmful effect on our babies. We know that certain behaviors are frowned upon more than others -- but what damage are we really doing with the trio ofsex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll?
Yes, I'm being serious.
Here's how each one of those things could potentially affect your growing little one.
Sex -- If you're up for pregnant sex at all, more power to you. And no, you don't have to worry about hurting your baby, because pregnancy sex has been deemed safe -- as long as you are not high risk. Your baby is protected by the amniotic sac, so you're all good there. Oh, and this deserves a woo-hoo -- oral sex is safe as well as long as your partner doesn't blow into your vag. (Whaaaa?)
Drugs -- Duh. You probably shouldn't be doing them at all if you have a bun in the oven. And while there are conflicting reports over whether or not having a little wine here and there is safe, a brand new study says that drinking even a small amount of alcohol during pregnancycan impair your child's academic skills down the road. Whether or not you're willing to take the risk is up to you, I guess.
And if you simply can't resist firing up a doobie -- you should know that smoking marijuana during pregnancy could affect your baby's brain development by interfering with how brain cells are wired. (Man. That really doesn't sound good.)
Rock 'n' Roll -- Yes, playing music for your baby in utero is safe, but there are a few guidelines you should follow. If you put headphones on your belly, you need to keep the volume below 70 decibels -- as they are literally right next to your baby's ears. Choice of music is key too, and classical is best. Rap, heavy metal, and even some rock music may be alarming and loud to your little one.
And if you happen to score tickets to the hottest concert in town, your baby should be ok -- but remember that after 22 weeks, he can hear everything you can. So maybe it's not the best idea to buy seats directly next to the speakers.
Have you "partied" at all during your pregnancy?
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