Should I stop wearing jeans because I am pregnant? (Query)

Here's what our expert Dr Meenakshi Ahuja has to say about wearing jeans during pregnancy.

I am a 27-year-old woman in the third month of pregnancy. I usually prefer wearing jeans over Indian wear. But recently, my aunt told me that wearing jeans during pregnancy constricts the abdomen, which might cause complications. Is it true? If not jeans, then what should I wear? Please help.

Dr Meenakshi Ahuja, Senior Consultant- Obstetrics and Gynecology, Apollo Cradle, Delhi has answered the query.

There is no study which specifies that wearing jeans during pregnancy is harmful to a mother or baby. But there are certain restrictions every pregnant woman should follow when it comes to choosing the right maternity wear. Women are unaware of the fact that the uterus can withstand a lot of pressure and prevent the baby from getting hurt. Moreover, it holds ample amniotic fluid that protects the foetus from an external force. Hence, wearing jeans does not put too much pressure on the uterus, but it is necessary to keep a few things in mind when choosing jeans during the second and third trimesters. Here are some of the them --

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Avoid tight jeans: During the second and third trimester, the baby bump becomes very prominent. And this is the time when most women prefer wearing tight jeans to hide the baby bump, which is not advisable. If you still want to wear one, you can opt for large sizes as the baby bump will increase with time. Also read second trimester the most comprehensive guide of dos and don ts you ll ever need!

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Follow basic hygiene: There are high chances of suffering from yeast infection during pregnancy if you fail to follow basic hygiene and sanitation. And if the jeans is too tight, it can cause an increased vaginal secretions which put you at risk of yeast infection, which might be harmful to the mother and baby.

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