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Is it advisable for pregnant women to watch movies in the theatre?

Pregnancy brings a lot of changes in a woman’s body — from mood swings, morning sickness, swollen feet, and fatigue to a heightened sense of smell. During these crucial nine months, things that pregnant women otherwise enjoyed could be triggering for them. As such, if you are a movie buff and love to frequent the theatre to watch the first-day first show of each new release, but are unsure about doing so during pregnancy, we have got you covered.

Is it okay to watch a film in a cinema hall while you are pregnant? What kind of films should you avoid? Are there any precautions that you need to take? are some questions we have got answered for you. 

pregnant Watching a horror movie or some particular images can also cause stress and high BP for a mother. Sometimes, the flashlight can trigger headaches, nausea, and giddiness. (Pic source: Pixabay)

We spoke to Dr Sushma Tomar, Consultant – Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan, to clarify all our bouts. Check out her responses below:

Is it safe for pregnant women to watch films in a theatre?

It can be safe during the first trimester but might cause issues during the second or third trimester. Overall, it should be avoided because the loud sound in the theatre can cause stress and excessive movement of the fetus, which is not good. The sound can travel through your body and reach your baby, even though this sound will be muffled in the womb.

Can pregnant women watch 2D and 3D films?

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Pregnant women can watch 2D or 3D movies, however, very little data is available to show the exact impact of watching movies on mothers and fetuses’ health. Watching movies in low light or high brightness can be dangerous for the eyes of the mother-to-be, therefore it should be within limits at all times.

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While watching a movie in a theatre, it is important to keep an eye out on the food options that are available.

Additionally, watching a horror movie or some particular images (irrespective of the genre) can also cause stress and high blood pressure for a mother. Sometimes, the flashlight can trigger headaches, nausea, and giddiness. In some cases, incidences of epilepsy are also reported.

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