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Can We Still Enjoy Our Party Lifestyle While We Are Expecting a Baby?
Finding out that you are expecting a baby can be one of the most memorable moments in your life. It is even more incredible when you have been trying hard to conceive. When you find out this news your life literally changes.
Men and women need to readjust their lifestyles to become healthier as they prepare for their new family member.
Coming To Terms With This Adjustment
Couples that are used to a very social and party lifestyle may find that this type of adjustment is a little hard to take. The thought of opting out of social occasions, passing on alcoholic beverages, and if they use recreational drugs, passing on these also can make couples panic.
It is an overreaction, even if they cannot see it at the time.
You do not have to give up all your social occasions; you simply need to change how you act when you attend. It is imperative that you refrain from alcohol and narcotics when you are pregnant for the health and safety of your baby.
You can still dance into the wee hours of the night. You can still attend parties. You can still hang out with friends. You just need to do it without mood enhancing products. You have an obligation to yourself as a parent-to-be to take the best care of yourself during this very important time in your life.
What If Your Partner Or Friends Don’t Understand?
If you find yourself in a situation where your partner does not want to give up his lifestyle, or your friends do not want to socialize because you are pregnant, you will need to take a long hard look at who you are spending your time with. While this may seem very harsh to say, it is scary to believe that loved ones and friends would want to encourage you to act in a way that could endanger yourself or your baby.
While there are no real legal obligations that can force a woman or a man to behave in a certain manner while the couple is expecting, there is a moral obligation to make the right choices. You are now responsible for a new life, and that life is depending on your every decision. So if you decide to continue socializing with your friends who smoke and drink, ask them to step outside before lighting their cigarette. Be sure to avoid getting into cars with friends who have been drinking. Avoid crowded bar districts, where you are a possible target to be hit by drunk drivers. A mother who is the designated driver must also keep in mind that medications that help with morning sickness, such as antihistamines, can cause you to be charged with a DUI. According to Levow & Associates, if you live in the state of New Jersey, you may lose your ability to get get to work entirely.
Alcohol and narcotics, and even over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can have real serious impacts on fetal growth and development. Choices you make during pregnancy can impact the entire life of your baby. Birth defects, developmental delays, and other serious impairments can occur if you chose to select the party lifestyle over the health and wellness of your baby. This is something you must take into consideration each time you decide how you want to act when in a social situation.
In the end, there is more happiness related to the upcoming birth of your child than any sadness that you will feel over changing your social habits. You will find that you can be just as social without having to “party.”
Joseph Justice is an author and artist specializing in Graphic Design and presents this post for all parents to be, who may have questions about the safety of their unborn child. Levow & Associates provided the useful legal information he used while preparing this article.
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