10 Pregnancy Myths – Busted

With so much advice about what you should and shouldn't do when pregnant, it’s easy to get confused. Here are 10 pregnancy myths you can safely ignore.

 

Pregnancy myth 1: You can’t eat seafood when you’re pregnant

Not true. As long as it’s not mackerel, shark, tuna, tilefish or swordfish, it’s absolutely fine. In fact salmon is particularly high in omega-3 fatty acids like DHA, which studies show have a variety of benefits for pregnant women and their growing babies.

 

Pregnancy myth 2: You shouldn’t have sex while pregnant

As long your doctor hasn't warned you against it and you and your partner are comfortable having sex while pregnant, there’s no reason why your baby will be harmed in any way.

 

Pregnancy myth 3: You need to eat for two

You only need an extra 300 calories a day while you’re pregnant. Feeling tired will automatically make your body want to consume more calories. If you feel hungry, concentrate on healthier foods like more fruit and veg, rather than calorie-heavy foods.

 

Pregnancy myth 4: You must eat three meals a day
Actually, small and often is much better for you and baby. Eating six small meals during day will keep your blood sugar at a constant level which will help you avoid having a slump around 3pm. And whatever you do, don’t diet. Keep your meals balanced and healthy.

 

Pregnancy myth 5: You can’t dye your hair

Chemicals from hair dye and relaxers are absorbed through the skin only in very minimal amounts, so they shouldn’t be harmful. But if you’re worried, wait until your first trimester is over. Also, bear in mind that your hair may be more fragile while you’re pregnant.

 

Pregnancy myth 6: You can’t drink coffee

There’s no evidence that a small amount of coffee will hurt your baby. But it is a stimulant and overdoing it can cause anyone,

even if they’re not pregnant, to have a racing heart. So consider limiting yourself to one small cup a day.

 

Pregnancy myth 7: You can’t fly in the last four months of pregnancy
There’s no reason you can’t, unless the airline has specific rules about it. It won’t harm you or your baby. And don’t worry about body scanners, they’re also perfectly safe for you and your unborn baby.

 

Pregnancy myth 8: You should avoid exercise
Actually, the opposite is true. It’ll benefit you and your baby. Babies whose mothers were physically active while pregnant are born with heart rates that are slower and more variable, which is a sign of heart health.

 

Pregnancy myth 9: You’ll only feel sick in the morning

Unfortunately, describing the nausea many pregnant women feel as ‘morning sickness’ isn’t accurate – you might feel sick at any time of the day. Eating small meals throughout the day can help.

 

Pregnancy myth 10: Your baby isn't affected by what’s going on around you

Not true. The air you breathe, the noises you hear and stress you experience are all experienced by baby too. But don’t worry, some stress is not going to be harmful to your baby, in fact a little bit of stress can be good for you both! But smoky or polluted environments are a bad idea.

 

Just found out you’re expecting? Read about what happens in month 1 of pregnancy

 

Did you know…?

You shouldn’t take hot baths or Jacuzzis while pregnant. You should avoid anything that raises your body temperature over 102 degrees.

Do you know any funny pregnancy myths? Let us know by posting a comment below

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  1. purity khisa says:

    hve gne for a family planng’ am experiencng as if am pregnant,heavy breats-itchng,en a white pus frm ma down evry day,wat might it be please

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