Pregnancy news, 03/01/2019
According to an anonymous source, Prince Harry has given up alcohol and caffeine for the remainder of Meghan Markle’s pregnancy, in solidarity.
If the Duchess of Sussex’s spring due date is correct, the Duke seems set to have a dry January, February and March. And there will be no tea parties either, unless decaf is on the menu.
Not only is he abstaining from booze and caffeine, but it has also been reported that Harry has picked up some new positive habits, including yoga.
Alcohol and pregnancy
The current recommendation is to abstain from all alcohol when you’re pregnant because there is no known safe level for drinking during pregnancy.
It is also recommended that you don’t drink alcohol if you’re trying for a baby because it’s likely that you won’t know you’re pregnant for a few weeks.
We have lots of information about alcohol and pregnancy.
Caffeine and pregnancy
Drinking a lot of caffeine in pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. However, you don’t have to kick your caffeine habit completely. The current advice is to limit your intake to 200mg or less per day during pregnancy.
Our caffeine calculator can help you keep track of how much you’re having.
Yoga and physical activity
Yoga is recommended during pregnancy for more reasons than you might think. Asides from keeping you physically active, which is proven to be best for mum and baby, yoga has been shown to reduce anxiety and improve sleep.
Many of the breathing techniques learned in yoga can help during labour too.
Read more about yoga and pregnancy to find out what all the fuss is about.
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