Do take prenatal vitamins. Don't eat soft cheese. For that matter don't eat fish more than twice a week and never eat sushi.
Do exercise. But, don't bounce, sit in a hot tub, do leg lifts or lay on your back. Not even while you are sleeping. Also, don't do anything that requires balance such as riding a bike, walking a balance beam or for me, walk up stairs. While we're at it, don't wear high heals for the same reason.
Don't take unnecessary medication while pregnant and certainly don't drink--not even a sip of wine--for goodness' sake! But, be sure to get your vaccinations and flu shots.
Don't have any dental work done that requires Novocaine. It's not safe for the baby. But, if you're in labor narcotic drugs administered by your OB team are completely safe.
Other things on the no-no list are traveling to developing countries (again, never mind those who actually live and work in developing countries), take homeopathics, get acupuncture, gain more than 35 pounds, drink unpasteurized juice or milk, eat raw honey, or deli meats or pate (unless they are steaming hot). The same geniuses also claim it's completely safe to ingest artificial sweeteners.
(Obviously, I am not a doctor and I'm not recommending you go out and do risky things. I believe in being healthy and eating right and avoiding drugs, and all that. You can read my tongue-in-cheek approach to this, right?)
I think each pregnant woman really should approach pregnancy--like she approaches all of life--with a healthy dose of common sense and a liberal amount of education. I think an educated woman who knows the basics of health and wellness won't be caught saying things like, "My doctor said I didn't have to give up my diet soda and Twinkie habit." At the same time she won't freak out, "I drank a glass of wine before I knew I was pregnant! Oh no!" And she won't buy into things like "say no to drugs--unless you are in labor, load me up!"
Sarcasm aside, we all have cheated on the pregnancy rules. Who wants to confess? I'll go first.
I eat soft cheeses, quite frequently actually.
I still eat seafood including sushi.
I still eat chocolate, drink tea and occasionally a little bit of coffee (like half the cup filled with milk and the rest coffee).
I have never had an ultrasound, a Group B Strep Test, or blood glucose test.
Now it's your turn. What was your indulgence? What rules did you cheat? 'Fess up! Feel free to remain anonymous in the comments. You don't even have to sign your name--I'll make an exception to the comment rules for you this time.